Campus Greenway Landscape Plan and Design Guidelines

Artistic rendering of future Greenway improvements
Artistic rendering of future Campus Greenway improvements to Petch Fountain

The Campus Greenway Landscape Plan and Design Guidelines establishes guiding principles, big ideas and design guidelines that will serve to support and coordinate the implementation of landscape and public realm improvements along the length of the Greenway.

campus-greenway-front-page.jpgThe Landscape Plan and Design Guidelines address several programming and character features including academic and social interactions, restoration of natural ecosystems, campus gateways, crossings and the organizational framework of the Greenway. Once completed the Campus Greenway will create vibrant hubs connecting buildings and public spaces on campus and will act as the primary multi-modal pathway between Gordon Head Road and Sinclair Road.

Campus Plan's 'Big Moves' 

The vision for the Greenway was established as a “Big Move” in the 2016 Campus Plan and represents a unique opportunity to address the Strategic Framework priority of increasing the vibrancy of campus life by enhancing the natural and built environment to create more opportunities for interaction and collaboration. The plan addresses the following priorities:  

  • Reinforce the Quad as the heart of the campus;
  • Link east and west ends of campus physically and visually, through a long view corridor;
  • Strengthen this connection as an open space and destination unto itself; and
  • Protect mature trees and enhance the formal landscaping structure.

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Guiding principles

The plan's guiding principles provide an overarching framework for the long-term development and implementation of the Greenway. They embrace the vision, goals and principles of the Campus Plan and Strategic Framework will a specific focus on the unique challenges and opportunities of the Greenway. 

  1. Embed Indigenous culture, language, history and connections to land into the design process.
  2. Integrate mature and any new trees as key and defining features. 
  3. Create a variety of outdoor spaces integrated with the Greenway that support social and academic interaction.
  4. Ensure design reduces conflicts between pedestrians, cyclists and service vehicles.
  5. Embed sustainability practices into every design solution.
  6. Ensure the design responds to campus mobility and accessibility.
  7. Ensure the design responds to adjacent buildings and broader campus connectivity.
  8. Ensure the entire Greenway is a safe, secure and inclusive path during all times and weather conditions.
  9. Ensure all materials are durable, regionally appropriate and adaptable over time.
  10. Ensure design presents a cohesive vision and narrative.
  11. Ensure design supports learning opportunities.
  12. Ensure design is economically sustainable and will be maintained over time.

Big ideas

The big ideas provide clear priorities for the physical character, function and identity. As defined by the big ideas, the Greenway: 

  1. Expresses a gradient of character; 
  2. And people take precedence; 
  3. Has a heart;
  4. Is green in character;
  5. Is a place, not just a corridor; and, 
  6. Tells a story.

Organizational framework

The organizational framework identifies hubs to enhance programming opportunities while maintaining the cohesive characteristics of the guiding principles.These hubs are: 

  • Academic and Social Hubs support the Campus Plan's objective to provide an extraordinary academic environment to inspire collaboration, creativity, innovation and interactions through outdoor meeting and teaching spaces. 
  • Restoration Nodes provide opportunities to emphasize sustainability, and enhance environmentally significant natural areas. 
  • Gateways are important thresholds providing welcoming and distinct entry points to the campus and Greenway. 
  • Crossings provide opportunities to increase pedestrian and cyclist safety at vehicle-intersections and paths. 
  • The Heart (Quad) is identified by the Campus Plan as the central heart and defining open space destination on campus. 

Design toolkit

The toolkit provides consistent design elements for lighting, storytelling, tree protection, planting types, programming, materials, and vehicle management.

Project updates 

The Campus Greenway Landscape Plan and Design Guidelines was developed through three planning phases from summer 2018 to fall 2019. Improvements are expected to be phased and implemented over ten or more years as funding becomes available. Project progress and future opportunities for community engagement will be posted via this website.

For further information contact Mike Wilson, Director – Campus Planning and Sustainability at 250-472-5433 or

Engagement framework

Throughout the planning process, project team engaged with over 500 students, staff and faculty through internal working group meetings and campus open houses. Feedback gathered during engagement activities provided valuable insight into the aspirations and concerns of the campus community. Engagement summaries were developing for each planning phase and can be downloaded from the documents tab.

Phase 1 engagement

In August 2018, the project team completed a site analysis and assessment of existing conditions including a tree inventory report.

The on-campus Ideas Fair, hosted in October 2018, provided students, faculty and staff an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft objectives, areas for improvements and enhancement, and the long-term vision of the Greenway. 

In November 2018, the project team hosted a Design Charrette workshop with a group of staff, student and faculty stakeholders to provide feedback and design visions for the Greenway. 

Phase 2 engagement

In March 2019, the draft Landscape Plan was presented to the campus community at the Campus Open House. Feedback was provided on the draft plans of the west, central, and east areas of the Greenway. 

Phase 3 engagement

The final campus open house was hosted in October 2019. The open house provided an update on design changes to the final Landscape Plan and feedback was sought on the Pedestrian and Cyclist Priority Zones in the Central Greenway.