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Crown Land Transfer to Enhance Ucluelet's Trail NetworkMinistry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development
UCLUELET - The B.C. government has approved a Crown land transfer to the District of Ucluelet that will enable the creation of a historic museum, enhancements to the area’s trail network, viewing areas and visitor amenities, and the preservation of important historical structures.
The grant for Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Lands is made possible through the Province’s Sponsored Crown Grant Program, and transfers 18.3 hectares of land in the District of Ucluelet. The Crown land, valued at close to $3 million, includes the Amphitrite Lighthouse, heritage buildings and portions of the Wild Pacific Trail.
The transfer is central to Ucluelet’s plans to attract more visitors to the resort municipality. This will include enhancing the world-class Wild Pacific Trail and developing a waterfront trail connection from the lighthouse to Pacific Rim National Park Reserve. Securing the Amphitrite Lands also supports Ucluelet’s efforts to preserve the Amphitrite Lighthouse – a signature heritage structure over 100 years old.
This Crown land transfer is one of the key ways the B.C. government is taking action to strengthen and grow rural communities. To further support the needs of rural communities and build economic opportunities, the Province has released a Rural Economic Development Strategy.
Peter Fassbender, Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development –
“Our government is committed to the prosperity of our rural communities. This land transfer will strengthen Ucluelet’s position as a resort municipality, and assist with the protection of historical structures – all of which are an integral part of British Columbia’s coastal identity and its contribution to our nation.”
Donna Barnett, Minister of State for Rural Economic Development –
“We are listening to rural communities and taking action to support projects that will help them grow and thrive. This land transfer will create new opportunities for Ucluelet, reinvigorating and diversifying their economy and helping preserve heritage landmarks that are a significant part of the community’s cultural identity.”
Dianne St. Jacques, mayor of Ucluelet –
“The district is incredibly excited to partner with the B.C. government to make this Crown land transfer possible. The addition of the Amphitrite Lands and surrounding areas will provide a boost to Ucluelet’s tourism attractions, drawing more visitors and increasing economic activity. This is an amazing piece of land that will support projects aimed at protecting our heritage assets for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations.”
- The Sponsored Crown Grant Program allows the Province to support communities in their efforts to address green priorities, enhance economic development and improve health and safety.
- The Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development has yearly allocations to sponsor Crown grants for local governments and community organizations.
- The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations manages the land transfer process once a ministry agrees to sponsor a grant of Crown land.
- For more information on sponsored Crown grants and nominal rent tenures: http://www.cscd.gov.bc.ca/lgd/gov_structure/sponsored_crown_grants/index.htm
- To find out more about the BC Rural Economic Development Strategy, visit: https://bcjobsplan.gov.bc.ca/b-c-s-rural-economic-development-strategy/