Exciting Additions to the Rotary Vedder Trail System
 
After the successful Browne Creek Wetland project with its trail extension and Wilson Road access, the City of Chilliwack and the Rotary Club of Chilliwack partnered on a more ambitious multi-year project dubbed “Looping the Vedder”.  As the graphic illustrates, the plan is to construct a trail network on the south side of the Vedder River which will be connected to the current Rotary Trail on the north side by two bridges.  The new Vedder Bridge is the link on the east end of the loop
Driving over the bridge you will have noticed the concrete sidewalk coming off the bridge on the south side and winding up to a set of ramps leading down to a trail more on the river level.  A kiosk shows the Vedder Greenway map with current and proposed trails. The Vedder Greenway is the space surrounding the Vedder River between the new Vedder Bridge and the Highway 1 bridge.   A set of posts with banners (see illustration) announces what will be known as the “Vedder Rotary Loop Trail”. 
                              
Late in August new trail construction was begun on another section of trail which will become part of the “LOOP”.  It extends eastward from Giesbrecht Road for about one kilometer.  At this point the work is visible only from the dyke access going east from near the Vedder River Campground.  Eventually the trail will connect westward to the campground and to the trail network in the Browne Creek Wetlands, and eastward to Vedder Mountain Road.
The “Looping the Vedder” initiative includes a pedestrian crossing of the Vedder River near or attached to the current railway bridge.  At this point it is contingent on funding, but it is included in the City’ of Chilliwack Trail Network Plan . When the pedestrian bridge is completed, the loop will allow Yarrowites to cross the Vedder River to the Great Blue Herron Reserve (GBHR) and Garrison Crossing. We are exceedingly fortunate to have such a high quality trail system very near, and to have access to the Browne Creek Wetlands, and eventually the GBHR as well. A DFO official once likened the Browne Creek Wetlands to the “Stanley Park of Chilliwack”.