Lake to Lake Walk celebrates Canada 150

Trek from Shawnigan Lake to Lake Cowichan

If you love the outdoors, like a challenge, and want to spend around nine hours walking, this one’s for you.

Organizers are busy preparing for the Lake to Lake Walk and Marathon in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday and the Trans Canada Trail’s 25th anniversary.

Happy birthdayversary Canada and trail! Now, here’s some blisters for your feet.

The event takes place on Sept. 9 and will see participants set out from West Shawnigan Lake Park and walk (or run if they’re really keen) to Cowichan Lake Sports Arena.

It’s a 43-kilometre trek over variable terrain, and if you’re an average adult walking at five-kilometres an hour, it’ll only take you all day to finish the route.

Walkers willing to overlook the searing pain in their feet will be treated to views like none other, as the route will showcase the Kinsol Trestle, the Marie Canyon Trestle at Skutz Falls, Cowichan River Provincial Park and the vast natural beauty that makes up the trail.

And it’s all in the name of charity.

Like the Great Lake Walk (2003-2012) whose participants donated over $800,000 for different charities, organizers are encouraging people to walk or run for the charity of their choice.

“We are excited to pull the communities together and showcase one of the Cowichan Valley’s most precious treasures while benefiting a large number of charities,” explained CVRD board chair Jon Lefebure. “This will be a great event for residents and visitors.”

Seven rest stops staffed by enthusiastic volunteers will make walkers realize how tired and hungry they really are while washroom facilities, food and drink and first aid will also be on offer.

Trail rovers on bikes will also patrol the trail to monitor the wellbeing of participants.

When it’s all said and done, the blisters will heal, the charities will benefit, and the walkers will have an epic story to tell.

Registration forms are available at www.cvrd.bc.ca/LaketoLakeWalk. Hard copies of the registration form are available at Cowichan Lake Sports Arena (311 South Shore Rd.), Kerry Park Recreation Centre (1035 Shawnigan Mill Bay Rd.), and Shawnigan Lake Recreation Centre (2804 Shawnigan Lake Rd.).

Cowichan Valley Citizen