Advancing a Vision for Victoria's Harbour
April 30, 2013
Victoria's Harbour is a prized asset with the potential to spur sustainable economic development in the Capital City. At Thursday's Governance and Priorities Committee meeting, City Council will be presented with a vision for advancing Victoria's stunning waterfront pathway, named David Foster Way.
Once complete, David Foster Way will extend from Rock Bay to Ogden Point and will be one of the longest, continuous pedestrian and cycling harbour pathways in North America. Eleven locations along the pathway have been identified to create “special places” that will capture international attention and make David Foster Way a spectacular landmark. Some of the special places recognize the contributions of First Nations, while others showcase Canadian arts, culture and music, demonstrate environmental restoration, or enhance recreation opportunities. Each special place features thematic and interpretive experiences in the form of stylized bridges, coves and boardwalks.
Concepts have been developed for eight of the special places which include Barclay Point, Canoe Club, Bastion Square waterfront, Ship Point, the Upper and Lower Causeway, Belleville Street, Laurel Point, and Heron Cove at Fisherman's Wharf. The three other special places include connections at the Johnson Street Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and at Ogden Point. Conceptual plans will be developed for these locations at a later date or as these areas are developed.
The concepts are designed to share the vision for Victoria's harbour with adjacent landowners, the community, and potential funders. City staff have met with almost all of the owners who represent the 97 properties that are affected by or in the vicinity of the harbour pathway. It is expected that as opportunities arise to advance specific special places, public consultation will occur.
The concepts are the next thoughtful step in advancing the Harbour Pathway Plan that was developed with extensive public consultation and approved by City Council in 2008. The goal of the Plan is to create a major public amenity for the entire city, with special places and continuous public access from Rock Bay to Ogden Point.
Advancing Victoria's harbour pathway is one of Council's strategic priorities and is supported by the City's Greenways Plan, Downtown Core Area Plan, Economic Development Strategy, and Official Community Plan.
To view the committee report and concept plans, click here [PDF - 7.1 MB].