The North Shore Spirit Trail

The Spirit Trail is a visionary project that will connect Vancouver’s North Shore communities with a common, waterfront oriented alternative transportation route. This fully accessible greenway will connect previously isolated communities while linking major destinations and providing breathtaking views of the Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains.

City of North Vancouver, North Vancouver, Canada

The Spirit Trail is a visionary project that will connect Vancouver’s North Shore communities with a common, waterfront oriented alternative transportation route. The Spirit Trail is a multi-use and fully accessible greenway for walkers, cyclists, in-line skaters, and people with wheeled mobility aids. However it is not just another greenway. It connects communities and cultures that were previously isolated; links major destinations, parks and open spaces; contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions; provides opportunities for an ecological corridor; provides healthy recreation and transportation options; and has raised the North Shore’s ownership and pride of our combined heritage and values.

The North Shore Spirit Trail is a joint initiative between the City of North Vancouver, District of West Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, the Squamish Nation and the provincial and federal governments.

In 2007 the City of North Vancouver set a very ambitious goal of completing our portion of the trail, 6.5km traversing through urban, industrial, residential, and naturalized areas, within a 10 year timeframe. We are on target for completion by 2017.

Community ownership and pride have transcended municipal boundaries and the Spirit Trail is fast becoming a regional destination. The success of the trail lies not only in the physical connections made but in the interlacing of identities, cultures and communities. As each section of the Spirit Trail is completed, the connections grow and the use increases. Key connections, such as the Harbourside West Overpass, are seeing nearly 20,000 users per month.

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City of North Vancouver, North Vancouver, Canada

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