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New Mamquam Blind Channel markers to help manage water traffic

Transport Canada has the authority to kick vessels out of the navigational route

In anticipation of greater traffic from marine areas, the District has installed navigational channel markers in the Mamquam Blind Channel from Pemberton Rail Bridge to Howe Sound.

The District says establishing a clear navigational route will help manage traffic from new marinas, float homes and tourists as the waterfront continues to develop.

“The planned development along the Mamquam Blind Channel is an incredibly exciting step in Squamish’s growth, and this project will help ensure that we can further enjoy our waterfront through both environmental and visual improvements to the marine setting,” said Mayor Patricia Heintzman in a news release.

The new navigational channel is in compliance with the Navigation Protection Act and will provide Transport Canada with the ability to order vessels in the channel to leave.

“New navigational channel markers will make the waters around Squamish safer while protecting the marine environment,” said federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau in a written statement.

This project supports the District’s Marine Action Strategy, a multi-phased plan to address local marine issues.

This project was funded by three landowners along the Mamquam Blind Channel — Waterfront Landing (a joint venture between Bosa Properties and Kingswood Properties), Cornerstone Developments and Scott Developments.


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