(Cathedral Grove / Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Following a period of public input, the BC government is looking to improve safety measures for accessing Vancouver Island’s Cathedral Grove.

Earlier this year, the province sought public input on how to improve the old-growth forest that sees hundreds-of-thousands of visitors per year.

After receiving input from over 500 British Columbians in two open houses and an online questionnaire, the province found that frequent comments centred around pedestrian/vehicle safety and the protection of the grove’s ancient trees.

“The ministry will incorporate these ideas, as well as input from Indigenous communities and local governments, to develop potential concepts to address safety concerns,” reads an announcement made by the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

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A second phase of public engagement is planned for this spring, and during this process the government will present its new concepts for the grove. During these presentations, the province says that British Columbians are encouraged to provide additional feedback for further engineering work.

Details about future these open houses and public engagement will be announced by the province soon.

Cathedral Grove is a large old-growth forest located in MacMillan Provincial Park near Coombs. The park is attracts over 500,000 local and international visitors per year.