Is the proposed Skywalk necessary?
I applaud the Malahat First Nation’s desire to created employment for their members through tourism as their culture has much to offer. However, their proposed Skywalk project raises several questions.
A.Spire by Nature, the company planning to build the structure, expects to attract 200,000 visitors a year which they say would necessitate a new access road off the Malahat and parking for 500 cars and buses. Do we really need this significant increase in traffic on the Malahat Highway?
Secondly, isn’t this the same land that the First Nations claimed was sacred territory when they strongly objected to any development in the past?
Didn’t environmental groups identify several very rare species of plants in that area that they claimed should not be disturbed?
And finally, can’t the public already get the same scenic view from the highway viewpoint for free?