Trails Development

What is a marine trail?

It’s a series of safe havens, rest areas, overnight campsites and launch or access points that allow someone to transit a part of the Coast.

How do you create one?

There are three parts to this: Safety, Access, and Continuity:

Safety first, always. We have created a safety standard based on what we think a paddler with moderate skills and endurance can achieve in a day, in good weather conditions. This equates to roughly 15 km or 8 nautical miles between campsites with safety stops (any type of site) positioned at 5 nautical miles apart. This is our safety criteria and how we look for sites. Once this criteria is satisfied we have a safe trail segment.

Access. Some sites are already on public land, while others are on private land or within First Nations traditional territories. We confirm permission to use a site, otherwise we won’t put it on our map.

Continuity. A trail needs multiple safe trail segments to traverse the coastline. As we connect the segments (or routes) we have a continuous marine trail.

Advocacy. We advocate for marine recreational public access. Read more here.

What do you consider a site?

The great majority of overnight camping sites are small, undeveloped ‘wilderness’ sites that have no toilet facilities and are user-maintained.

How are sites identified?

Often it’s done by studying a map, looking for locations that could meet our safety distance requirements. The best way though, is when members of our community suggest them, based on their own coastal journeys. We offer training courses on how to review existing sites, and identify potential new ones. Click here to learn more.

What work do you do at sites?

We manage or co-manage a number of recreation sites. On managed sites, volunteers help install things like tent pads and composting toilets, which are funded by your donations. On natural or informal sites, sites are largely user-maintained. To help keep sites sustainable, we’ve developed a Marine Code of Conduct to inform and guide people. Click here to learn more.

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