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Advocates hoping 2014 will see "Suncoaster" join National Hiking Trail

Advocates for a hiking route called the “National Hiking Trail” are hoping the lower Sunshine Coast will soon become part of the network.

Hike BC is working to develop a national trail system specifically for walking, unlike the Trans Canada Trail, which is a multi-use system.

Hike BC’s Pat Harrison says with the upper Sunshine Coast already part of the system the goal now is to have a trail along the lower Coast join the network to link up with the Sea to Sky area and the natural choice is the Suncoaster.

The idea got support from Sechelt mayor John Henderson, who told Harrison during a recent presentation to Council that he thinks trails are important tourism drivers and having them linked in a network would help with promotion.

Work is nearly complete on a Trails Strategy for the Sunshine Coast Regional District and Harrison says his group is hoping to have their route included

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Hike BC is also working with the Comox Regional District and Nanaimo Regional District to develop a route from Courtenay to the Duke Point ferry terminal.  The group provides special signage and helps maintain and promote trails in the network.

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