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Greenways are a key component of the City's Official Community Plan. To achieve its vision of a liveable, sustainable, diverse, complete community, the City saw the need to integrate its parks and streets systems and create "linear greenways". This vision was recognized with the 2002 Parks & Greenways Strategic Plan.

The Parks and Greenways Strategic Plan complements both City's Bicycle Master Plan and Traffic Calming Program by adding to the choices and ways in which people move through the City. Greenways also incorporate a variety of other civic infrastructure in innovative ways. Sidewalks, innovative storm water management, urban forestry, naturalized landscapes, habitat corridors and recreation amenities are all integrated as part of a sustainable approach to connect an increasingly dense community.

Under the Parks & Greenways Strategic Plan, the City aims to provide greenway systems that are accessible to all, including cyclists, inline skaters, pedestrians, seniors and people who use mobility aids.

Major Greenway Networks in the City

The Green Necklace is a proposed urban greenway that will encircle the urban centre of the City. It will link parks, public spaces and natural habitats and provide safe alternative transportation options and recreation opportunities for people of all ages and abilities.

Once complete, the Spirit Trail will form a unique, waterfront-oriented, multi-use and fully accessible greenway that will provide pedestrians, cyclists, inline skaters and people with wheeled mobility aids access across the North Shore, from Horseshoe Bay to Deep Cove.

This network of existing and proposed trails provides access to the City's ravine parks: Mahon; Mosquito Creek and Heywood.

In 1992, 125 years after Confederation, the Trans Canada Trail began its mission of connecting Canadians from coast to coast to coast. It's the same mission that drives Vision 2017, a focused initiative to complete the trail for Canada's 150th birthday in 2017.

This network of existing and proposed trails provides access primarily across the City, roughly parallel to the Upper Levels Highway.

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