New look­out at is­land beach

Penticton Herald - - TRAVEL -

One of Van­cou­ver Is­land’s pop­u­lar surf­ing beaches has a new rest area and look­out spot.

This rest area at the Som­brio look­out point, which is the only rest stop be­tween Sooke and Port Ren­frew, is opened on the Thanks­giv­ing week­end.

“Un­til re­cently, there has only been a hand­ful of ways to ac­cess the coast and the scenery along the Juan de Fuca cor­ri­dor,” said Gil­lian Mont­gomery, chap­ter man­ager, Surfrider Foun­da­tion, Van­cou­ver Is­land.

“This new rest stop is a strong step in im­prov­ing coastal ac­ces­si­bil­ity along High­way 14 and im­proves the op­por­tu­nity for vis­i­tors to en­joy this mag­nif­i­cent part of the prov­ince.”

“Ear­lier this year, the Premier stood be­side High­way 14 and com­mit­ted to im­prov­ing this cor­ri­dor,” said Claire Trevena, Min­is­ter of Trans­porta­tion and In­fra­struc­ture. “This new rest area is an­other mile­stone for this project, pro­vid­ing peo­ple with a safe place to rest and recharge while tak­ing in the sur­round­ing beauty.”

Work started in early July 2018 and in­cluded:

— wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble wash­room fa­cil­i­ties and pic­nic ta­bles

— an el­e­vated look­out point with ocean and moun­tain views

— a paved park­ing lot with room for recre­ational ve­hi­cles — new light­ing In ad­di­tion to the new look­out point, a pull-over space for slow­er­mov­ing ve­hi­cles is sched­uled to be com­pleted later this month. This safety mea­sure will al­low ve­hi­cles to pass slower-mov­ing traf­fic.

The over­all cost of the project was $600,000. These up­grades are part of $10-mil­lion in im­me­di­ate im­prove­ments to the High­way 14 cor­ri­dor.

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