New Canyon View trail route opens

The Station View Trail is open to the public at 5 p.m. today

Double-up the knots on those hiking shoes and maybe even take a rain jacket for this evening’s opening the city’s newest trail.

The Station View Trail is open to the public at 5 p.m. today. It’s an extension of the much-used Canyon View Trail that skirts the scenic Campbell River.

The Station View is also a five-year detour route that will take hikers around construction of the $940-million BC Hydro project to replace the John Hart Generating Station. The trail features short walks through forest and meadow, and then a steep climb up to a bluff that will allow great bird’s-eye view of the construction in progress.

You can access the new trail at Highway 28 turnoff for the John Hart Generating Station just west of the Elk Falls Provincial Park entrance.

BC Hydro provided funding for the new trail and will decommission it once construction is complete in 2018.