131-foot-tall wooden ‘skywalk’ proposed as new B.C. attraction

Carla Wilson


Artist’s rendering of the proposed Malahat Skywalk lookout tower.
Photograph By A. SPIRE BY NATURE

A new tourist attraction featuring a 40-metre-tall wooden ‘skywalk’ lookout is planned for the south end of Bamberton on the Malahat.

If all goes smoothly, the new tourist attraction will open early June 2020, David Greenfield, a partner in the development company, said today.

He predicts it would draw 200,000 visitors annually.

A rezoning application for the Malahat Skywalk has been submitted to the Cowichan Valley Regional District and an application for a management plan has gone to the province.

The plan is to construct a 650-metre long wooden walkway which would wind its way through the forest, eventually reaching a 40-metre-tall tower, built in a shape reminiscent of a basket. Inside the spire, the walkway would continue in a spiral on a gentle rise, with flat areas.

A walkway would run around the top of the spire, providing expansive views of Finlayson Arm and beyond.

Developers are partnering with the Malahat First Nation, planning to lease the site from the band and hire band members.

More to come…

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