Spirit Trail along Royal Avenue
The District has been working on the western portion of Spirit Trail for the past four years—this is the final section to complete the connection to Horseshoe Bay.
This portion of the Spirit Trail will be constructed along Royal Avenue between Chatham Street and Bruce Street.
Designs are being revised to incorporate feedback from the community. Further consultation will proceed once the revised concept is completed in fall 2019.
The Spirit Trail is an accessible greenway that will eventually extend from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Deep Cove in the District of North Vancouver. The three North Shore municipalities, together with the federal and provincial governments, First Nations and other agencies are working together on its completion.
In the District of West Vancouver, 7 kilometres of trail have now been completed. The total length of the Spirit Trail in West Vancouver will be approximately 19 kilometres.
Consultation on the western portion of Spirit Trail for Gleneagles and Horseshoe Bay began in 2013. At that time, residents expressed a strong preference to use Exit 0 and the Highway 1 corridor to connect Spirit Trail to the BC Ferries Terminal. The outcome of discussions with BC Ferries was that the construction of Spirit Trail would entail removal of one vehicle lane on the highway. As this would result in vehicle traffic back ups and delays in offloading ferry traffic, it was rejected as an option by BC Ferries.
A route along Exit 0, Raleigh Street and Royal Avenue was chosen as it was the most direct route that avoided crossing the busy vehicle routes of Marine Drive and Nelson Avenue, and followed District rights of way. Routing of Spirit Trail on Nelson Avenue would have resulted in the loss of numerous parking spaces and also follows a less direct route than Royal Avenue.
- November 2013 – First open house on planning for Spirit Trail Zones 3&4 (Gleneagles and Horseshoe Bay)
- June 2014 – Meeting with BC Ferries on idea for Spirit Trail alignment on Highway 1
- July 2014 – Meeting with stakeholder groups on Spirit Trail (WRA, HBBA)
- September 2014 – Second meeting with BC Ferries on concept design for Spirit Trail alignment on Highway and into Horseshoe Bay terminal; concept rejected by BC Ferries due to impact of removing one vehicle lane on offloading ferry traffic.
- October 2014 – Meeting with stakeholder groups on Spirit Trail (WRA, HBBA)
- May 2015 – Meeting with stakeholder groups on Spirit Trail (WRA, HBBA) – proposal for use of Exit 0/Raleigh/Royal instead of Exit 0/Highway 1
- Summer 2015 – Construction of Spirit Trail at Gleneagles Elementary
- December 2015 – Open house – Spirit Trail to Horseshoe Bay via Exit 0, Raleigh St, and Royal Avenue
- Spring/summer 2017 – Construction of Spirit Trail on Exit 0/Raleigh Street
- April 2018 – Presentation to stakeholder groups on Spirit Trail Royal Avenue and Horseshoe Bay Streetscape
- April 2018 – Open house on Spirit Trail Royal Avenue and Horseshoe Bay Streetscape