A dinner is planned to help raise money for the final phase of the Crofton seawalk

A dinner is planned to help raise money for the final phase of the Crofton seawalk

Dishing up last upgrades to Crofton seawalk

For tourists and locals alike, it is the not-so-hidden gem of Crofton.

And while it may snake around the town’s very edge, the seawalk is becoming known as the town’s very heart and soul.

Now dedicated community member are fundraising for its completion and to revamp their old sign.

Linda Sisk, a member of the Crofton Community Society, said they need around $400,000 for the final portion of the trail and around $6,000 for the sign.

Started in 2002, the seawalk stretches along the edge of the water, in front of the campground and will now go along another section ending at a sandy beach.

The final phase of the walk is 1 km and will cover around 3 km when finished.

“The seawall is not just for people in the town to use, but we get lots of from Duncan and Lake Cowichan,” said Sisk.

“It’s just a real pleasant walk to do.”

The town sign needs to be upgraded and moved downy to the water.

“It’s a heritage sign, someone in the town made it several years ago, but it needs to be fixed. This helps give us a new image.”

The upgrades, Sisk hopes, will bring people to Crofton, instead of the town they love just being a stop before Salt Spring Island.

“It’s a beautiful little town,” said Sisk, adding the seawalk helps highlight the town’s natural selling points.

There will be some money coming from North Cowichan council, but they are still talking about what the commitment will be.

So far, $20,000 has been raised for the walk.

To fundraise for the project, there will be a silent auction and dinner on March 5 at the Crofton Community Centre. The silent auction starts at 5:30 p.m. and the dinner starts at 6:30 p.m. Diners can look forward to lasagna, caesar salad, bumbleberry crumble dessert and a beverage for $10.

“We feed you well,” said Sisk.

Tickets are available at Lito’s Cafe and Galletto’s Store in Crofton.