Soon you can walk along an innovative treetop walkway and spiral lookout in the Cowichan Valley.
A.Spire by Nature, a new company led by two of the founding partners in the successful Sea to Sky Gondola, has announced plans to bring a world-class tourism experience to Southern Vancouver Island.
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The proposed Malahat Skywalk is a 650m elevated wooden pathway through an Arbutus forest leading to a gentle accessible spiral ramp climbing up to a 40m high sightseeing lookout where visitors will witness magnificent views of the Finlayson Arm and distant coastal mountains.
Located 30 minutes from Victoria, just north of the Malahat Summit, the proposed attraction is situated on the traditional territory of the Malahat Nation. The project is a partnership between A.Spire by Nature and the Malahat Nation, combining nature-based tourism with a compelling cultural tourism experience.
“Inspired by our exploration of elevated forest walks in Europe, we want to bring the concept of an accessible, environmentally sound and culturally significant tourism experience to Vancouver Island,” said A.Spire by Nature Principal, David Greenfield.
“The Malahat Skywalk will offer opportunities for locals and visitors alike to immerse themselves in local storytelling, cultural celebration and natural interpretive education as well as the stunning natural landscape and vistas of the Cowichan Valley and Finlayson Arm.”
The group plan to start construction in the fall of 2019, with a proposed opening in June 2020.
ABOUT THE PROPOSED SKYWALK
- 650m accessible elevated tree walk
- 500 – 600 parking spaces
- Interpretive features throughout
- Welcome Pavilion
- 40m tall, architecturally stunning lookout
- Accessible ramp from top to bottom of lookout
- Interpretive Nature Walk
- 750m accessible gravel forest trail
- Interpretive features and play areas
- Pond and picnic area
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