In May 2012, the City of Victoria honoured a Canadian music legend with the naming of its stunning harbour waterfront pathway, David Foster Way.
More than five kilometres in length, once complete, David Foster Way will extend from Rock Bay to Ogden Point and will be one of the longest continuous pedestrian and cycling harbour pathways in North America. A gateway to downtown Victoria, David Foster Way will be one of the first landmarks experienced by cruise ship visitors arriving in Victoria each year.
Eleven locations along the pathway have been identified to create "special places" that will capture international attention and make David Foster Way a spectacular landmark. Some of the special places recognize the contributions of First Nations, while others showcase Canadian arts, culture and music, demonstrate environmental restoration, or enhance recreation opportunities. Each special place features thematic and interpretive experiences in the form of stylized bridges, coves and boardwalks.
Concepts have been developed for eight of the special places which include Barclay Point, Canoe Club, Bastion Square waterfront, Ship Point, the Upper and Lower Causeway, Belleville Street, Laurel Point, and Heron Cove at Fisherman's Wharf. The three other special places include connections at the Johnson Street Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf and at Ogden Point. Conceptual plans will be developed for these locations at a later date or as these areas are developed.
Special Places Along David Foster Way
Situated on the historic lands of the Lekwungen people, David Foster Way is more than just a scenic route for cyclists and pedestrians. It's about experiencing the Capital City's spectacular waterfront. Whether it's learning about its rich First Nations heritage, gathering with family and friends, celebrating community events, watching marine-based activities, or enjoying nature and all that the magnificent land and seascapes have to offer. Providing continuous waterfront access from Ogden Point to Rock Bay, widening the existing pathway, and creating new thematic and interpretive experiences in the form of stylized bridges, coves and boardwalks, are key to David Foster Way establishing national - and international - recognition.
David Foster Way links a number of unique locations along Victoria's waterfront - "special places", each with its own theme. Some special places recognize the contributions of First Nations, while others showcase Canadian arts, culture and music, or demonstrate leading edge environmental restoration, and enhance recreation and leisure opportunities for residents and visitors. Some of these special places include Barclay Point, Canoe Club, Bastion Square Waterfront, Ship Point, the Upper and Lower Causeway, Belleville Street, Laurel Point, and Heron Cove at Fisherman's Wharf.
Celebration Place is the "centrepiece" of special places along David Foster Way and is destined to be the premier celebratory and ceremonial venue in the Capital City. A block-long, urban plaza transforms a portion of the British Columbia Legislature lawns, Belleville Street and sidewalk into a dynamic public space for special events, and connects the Legislature Building with David Foster Way and the Inner Harbour. Tiered stairs and ramps will improve accessibility to the water's edge, providing prime ocean views and seating for large scale celebrations such as Canada Day and Symphony Splash. The section of the plaza above the Lower Causeway serves as a stage for small events, and a new "VICTORIA" sign greets visitors to the Inner Harbour.
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