North Shore Spirit Trail
Located along the waterfront of North Vancouver, the Spirit Trail aims to integrate a series of isolated public spaces in an effort to forge social, cultural and ecological connections between communities and their surroundings. When complete, the Spirit Trail will consist of a 35 km greenway that stretches from Horseshoe Bay in West Vancouver to Deep Cove in the District of North Vancouver. This long-term phased effort involves the partnership of the City of North Vancouver, the District of North Vancouver, the District of West Vancouver, and the Squamish and Tsleil Waututh First Nations.
Prior to the design and implementation of the Spirit Trail project, the North Shore waterfront was an under-utilized stretch of land that had limited access to the water, a weak civic identity, a lack of recreational infrastructure, and rampant invasive plant species. The goal for this project was to create an integrated, multi-use trail and greenway system that restores the waterfront edge for local plant and wildlife species, is accessible and continuous, reflects the regional character, and serves as an urban amenity for a variety of users.
As the prime consultant for planning and design, space2place collaborated with the City, the District, key stakeholders, local business owners and the public in order to create a community-supported vision and set of design criteria. A series of workshops and open houses helped the design team to understand the ideas and concerns from a range of interest groups.
City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, and District of West Vancouver, British Columbia
Public Consultation, Research and Analysis, Concept Development, Design Documentation, Project Management, Contract Administration
Master plan complete in 2008. Implementation ongoing.
2008 Design Exchange Silver Award - Urban Design
2009 CSLA Regional Honour Award