The Sea to Sky Trail is envisioned as an epic arterial trail that will be a favorite among locals and a must do for active visitors from around the world.
It will appeal to a wide range of self–propelled enthusiasts. Optimized for mountain bike travel, this high quality trail of moderate grade will also be fun for hikers, equestrians, wheelchair users, snowshoers and cross–country skiers.
It will connect with scores of other trails.
The Sea to Sky Trail is planned to eventually connect Horseshoe Bay to Lillooet and beyond. Phase 1 of the project starts at Squamish and winds its way north through Whistler, Pemberton, Mount Currie and D’Arcy, to end at Anderson Lake. Picture a park 9 feet wide and 112 miles long.
It is a project of the Squamish Lillooet Regional District (SLRD). Is is steered by a committee with representatives from the SLRD, the District of Squamish, the Resort Municipality of Whistler, the Village of Pemberton, The Lil’wat Nation, the Squamish Nation, the Ministry of Tourism, Sports & the Arts, the Ministry of the Environment (BC Parks) and the Trans Canada Trail Foundation.
The Sea to Sky Trail offers a variety of benefits:
Environmental – encouraging self propelled commuting & recreation, and better stewardship & awareness of the natural setting
Social – supporting healthier communities, the improved safety of off–road travel and education through interpretive signage
Economic – increasing tourism and destination events, commercial infrastructure supporting cycling as well as the construction & maintenance of the trail.
At its August, 2008 meeting, the AFOW Board approved a grant of $50,000 for signage for the Sea to Sky Trail which will be paid out over 2008 and 2009. The AFOW’s grant will be used for signage in Phase 1A which will connect the Squamish waterfront to Whistler Village. Completion is targeted for the end of 2009.
More than 200 signs will provide detailed information about each segment, mark trail intersections and provide periodic reminders that you’re on the correct trail. In addition, interpretive signage will highlight flora, fauna, geology and human history of the land.
For more information on the Sea to Sky Trail visit their web site, http://www.seatoskytrail.ca/