July opening eyed for Malahat SkyWalk

The Island’s latest tourist attraction, the $15-million Malahat SkyWalk, has announced it will be open in July.

The 10-storey structure, under construction on Malahat First Nation land just off the Trans-Canada Highway since last January, includes a 600-metre elevated walkway through a forest of arbutus and Douglas fir trees to the top of a spiral tower with a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.

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“Malahat SkyWalk will provide British Columbians with a new, world-class tourism experience to enjoy right in their own backyard,” said general manager Ken Bailey. “Local guests will have the opportunity to be the first to visit, giving us the chance to connect with our community. We want to be something British Columbians are proud of and bring their family and friends to experience.”

The structure rises 250 metres above sea level and promises a panoramic view of Finlayson Arm, Saanich Inlet, Saanich Peninsula, the Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Mount Baker and the Coast Mountains.

Guests can opt to take a more adventurous return trip to the ground via a 20-metre spiral slide.

“Malahat SkyWalk is ­investing in Vancouver Island at a time when the economy is ­challenged by a global pandemic,” said Bailey. “We are taking a long view, contributing to the sustainable, long-term growth of the tourism industry in B.C. by giving locals another exciting day-trip destination and offering future travellers a new reason to visit the Island and stay longer.”

An exact opening date has yet to be announced; the attraction plans to be open 365 days a year.

Admission prices will be $18.95 for children, $31.95 for adults and $28.95 for seniors.

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