Beach access has been cut off for this year’s Seafest in Prince Rupert.
For the past 38 years, many of the activities during the festival’s Waterfront Day were held by the rocky beach at the Lightering Dock.
Not so this year as Canadian National Railway fenced off the area due to safety concerns.
Bev Killbery is with Prince Rupert Special Events and says events like the swim for survival, quick and daring, as well as kayak rides, will be relocated to a floating dock.
But she says it’ll be a big impact for spectators
Mayor Lee Brain says he’ll be in Ottawa next week to talk with CN about gaining public access to that beach. He says having access there will have no impact on CN operations or impact public safety.
Mayor Brain says the city has been in discussions with CN for years about access but adds this time is different.
He says the city has a waterfront design concept with plans for a pier and boardwalk but all that is contingent on getting beach access.In a statement, CN says they understand the concerns residents have and will continue to hold discussions with Mayor Brain about their concerns with public health and safety at the site.