Residents of Vancouver Island and visitors to the area may be in for an architectural treat—the Malahat Skywalk. The all-new elevated skywalk is being proposed for the Malahat Highway, at the summit of Malahat Drive.
It would provide amazing views of the Finlayson Arm, Mount Baker and the Gulf Islands.
The wooden structure has a spiral viewing tower that runs the length of 40-metres—which would therefore give visitors incredible panoramic views. The design emulates the elevated forest walkways you would see in many European countries.
The brilliant minds behind the Sea to Sky Gondola in Squamish are the ones who have designed this project. The potential new tourist attraction for Vancouver Island is already getting a lot of attention.
The developer expects it could bring an uptick in tourism and estimates it could attract around 200,000 visitors a year. It would also completely immerse visitors in nature, with lots of second-growth Douglas firs and Arbutus trees.
At just 30-minutes away from Victoria, as a result—it would bring in a lot of visitors from the city and anyone traveling along the highway.
“The Malahat Skywalk is a project that our Nation is proud to partner on,” said Malahat councillor George Harry Jr. “Not only is it a tourism experience that speaks to sustainability and the connection to our land, but it will also provide opportunities for many generations of the Malahat Nation to come. We look forward to telling the stories of our people and welcoming the visitors to our community through the Malahat Skywalk experience.”
An application has gone in to the Cowichan Valley Regional District—construction could begin as early as Fall of 2019. Therefore, if all goes according to plan—that could bring the new structure into fruition by Summer of 2020.
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