Once the current COVID0-19 ‘circuit breaker’ restrictions are eased, we can hope to start planning summer getaways. This summer, Vancouver Island will host one of the province’s newest destination attractions when Malahat SkyWalk opens in July 2021. This new outdoor experience will offer visitors with the ‘ultimate natural high.’
“Malahat SkyWalk will provide British Columbians with a new, world-class tourism experience to enjoy right in their own backyard,” says Ken Bailey, General Manager, Malahat SkyWalk. “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.”
Located 35 minutes north of Victoria, or 1 hour south of Nanaimo, B.C., Malahat SkyWalk will immerse visitors in nature along a 600m long accessible, elevated walkway through an Arbutus and Douglas Fir forest, leading to a 10-storey, architecturally-inspiring spiral tower lookout – the first of its kind in British Columbia.
Rising 250 m above sea level, guests will enjoy 360-degree views of two countries, including Finlayson Arm, Saanich Inlet, Saanich Peninsula, Gulf Islands, San Juan Islands, Mt. Baker and the Coast Mountain range. On the descent, guests can opt to return to ground level by taking an exhilarating ride on a 20 m spiral slide.
Guests will find a deeper connection to nature learning about the trees, birds, animals and marine life of this coastal region unique to B.C. Malahat SkyWalk is located on the traditional territory of the Malahat Nation and their Indigenous stories will also be embedded throughout the experience.
“Malahat SkyWalk is investing in Vancouver Island at a time when the economy is challenged by a global pandemic,” continues 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.”
Keep watching Malahat SkyWalk online and on social for the exact date when it will open in. Once open, Malahat SkyWalk will welcome guests seven days a week, 365 days a year, guests can also take comfort in knowing it is adhering to the B.C. Provincial Health Orders and all required health and safety protocols.