When Rodney Briggs welcomes visitors to his North Vancouver home, he likes to introduce them to one of his favourite places: the Capilano Canyon. “We take everyone who comes to visit on the Trail, and they are all blown away that we have this amazing resource and access to nature so close to our home,” says Mr. Briggs.
The Great Trail near the Capilano River, which flows through one of the Vancouver area's four canyons, offers splendid views of water rushing over rock in a lush rainforest setting.
One of Mr. Briggs’s most memorable moments on the Trail is hiking in this area after heavy snowfall, a rare occurrence in the local, moderate oceanicclimate, he says.“The ground and the trees were covered in snow, and the winter wonderland was quite a sight to see.”
As a leadership donor, Mr. Briggs has generously supported the development of The Great Trail since 2017 and believes opportunities to enjoy the outdoors are immensely valuable. “The reason I support the Trail is because I think it is very important that people go out and be exposed to nature, especially in this day and age of increasing digitalization,” he says. “Connecting and improving The Great Trail has made it easier for individuals, families, friends or groups to have access to these kinds of experiences.”
Mr. Briggs also believes The Great Trail can help to attract more visitors to Canada – and create awareness about and appreciation for its natural beauty. “Knowing that the Trail is there encourages us to see more of Canada,” he says.
“In the Yukon, you can hike in the middle of nowhere. Along other parts of the Trail, you can walk or bike in urban settings. But the main point is, you are active and you connect with nature,” says Mr. Briggs. “I often travel and spend a lot of time on airplanes or in megalopolises. For me, coming home and being able to spend time outside is always a delight.”