The BC Marine Trails Network officially opens in spring

After three years of quiet behind the scenes work, the BC Marine Trails Network Association and the Provincial Government will be officially opening the BC Marine Trails Network on Saturday, May 14 during the annual Vancouver Island Paddlefest in Ladysmith, BC.

The BC Marine Trails Network is an interconnecting series of access/launch sites and campsites for users of small, beachable watercraft, mostly hand powered such as kayaks and canoes, which will cover the entire coast of British Columbia.

• The distance between essential sites averages about 16 kilometres.

• Other alternate sites give paddlers further options and additional safety margins.

• Most sites are located on Crown lands, in Provincial Parks, National Parks, or Regional Parks.

At its completion, the BC Marine Trails Network will become the longest continuous water trail in the world! It will draw an increasing number of paddlers from other parts of Canada, the US, and overseas.

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The Grand Opening, May 14!

The Vancouver Island Paddlefest in Ladysmith, BC, will host the Grand Opening

of the first 2 large trails sections. These are:

• The Gulf Islands Marine Trails Network

• The West Coast Vancouver Island North Marine Trails

A Grand Opening Event!

Five Days before, paddlers from all over the coast will commence a Grand Progress through the Gulf Islands Trails, camping on all the newly designated BC Marine Trails sites. Saturday morning they will arrive, in a large Flotilla, at Transfer Beach in Ladysmith, to become part of the opening celebrations.

Participants and guests for the Opening Ceremony will include:

• Ron Cantelon, MLA for Nanaimo/Qualicum, Doug Routely, MLA for Nanaimo/Ladysmith, Robert Hutchins, Mayor of Ladysmith, and Government representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resource Operations, Parks Canada, and BC Parks

• Many, many paddlers! Also: outdoor enthusiasts and other members of the public, and manufacturers, retailers, and other stakeholders in the paddling community.

Remember, at its completion The BC Marine Trails Network will be the longest water trail on earth. It will become a world class destination. If you would like more information or would like an interview with a member of the BCMTNA please call Steve Herringer at 604-531-6908 or

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