Mall connector dubbed the Friendship Trail

The path connecting downtown Duncan and the Cowichan Commons has an official name: the Friendship (siiye`yu) Trail.

North Cowichan and Duncan’s Name the Trail contest garnered more than 45 unique suggestions, but was won by Peggy L. Smith and her friendly moniker.

Mayors Phil Kent and Tom Walker, in consultation with Cowichan Tribes Chief Lydia Hwitsum, selected the name in recognition of the friendship that exists between the three governments.

The trail, jointly funded by North Cowichan, Duncan and a ParaTransit grant, offers a pedestrian, stroller and bicycle link with multiple access points.

The new Friendship (siiye`yu) Trail will eventually connect the Cowichan Tribes from the south, through to Duncan downtown, and on to North Cowichan and the Cowichan Valley Trail, becoming part of a larger trail network with connections to the Trans-Canada Trail network and Somenos Marsh.

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