BoatrampProject Progress Diary

Keep up-to-date on progress, events and milestones related to the Big Rock Boat Ramp Project. 

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Literature box on sign Ramp - Before Picture Rock is piled in the parking lot area waiting to become part of the new breakwaters. Piles complete, looking from the beach to the parking lot at low tide. A barge enabled the pile driver to move in and out with the tides. The old breakwaters are pulled apart to create new ones. The piles for the new floating dock system are installed. A shot from the time lapse capturing the transformation, from Aug. 1. A silt curtain stops turbid water in the basin from getting out into the wider ocean. The silhouette of an excavator working on the southern breakwater A base layer of gravel is poured for the new ramp Concrete panels are installed at the base of the ramp – the upper portion of the ramp will be paved on site. Machinery prepares the site for the new boat ramp A look out along the new northside breakwater Walkers try out the new lookout point on the northside breakwater. New parking spots were added to the facility, along with a new exit to allow for smooth traffic flow. Members of city council cut ribbon to reopen the popular boat ramp. Floating ramps will make it easier for people to get in and out of boats year-round. Straight

Project Milestones - Big Rock Boat Ramp

  • March 2019

    Repair work on the south breakwater completed, with amended walkway.
  • December 5, 2018

    Crews complete remedial work on south breakwater.
  • October 10, 2018

    Watch the final time lapse video of construction here
  • October 3, 2018

    Big Rock Boat Ramp reopens to the public
  • August 20, 2018

    Watch a time lapse video of the second month of construction here
  • July 20, 2018

    Watch a time lapse video of the first month of construction here.
  • June 28, 2018

    The ramp is now closed and construction has commenced. 
  • June 2018

    Big Rock Boat Ramp Closes for the 2018 Season.
  • May 28, 2018

    City Council approves award of Tender 18-14 to Upland Contracting Ltd.
  • May 17, 2018

    Tender 18-14 has closed and is under review.
  • May 14, 2018

    Tender 18-14 Addendum No. 3  has been issued. 
  • May 11, 2018

    Tender 18-14 Addendum No. 2  has been issued.
  • May 4, 2018

    Tender 18-14 Addendum No.1  has been issued
  • April 24, 2018

    City Council approves award of RFP 18-20 Big Rock Boat Ramp Dock Supply to CR Metal Fabricators Ltd.
  • April 19, 2018

    TENDER 18-14 for reconstruction is posted on the city's webpage!
  • April 5, 2018

    RFP 18-20 Big Rock Boat Ramp Dock Supply has closed and is under review. 
  • March 22, 2018

    RFQ 18-20 Big Rock Boat Ramp Dock Supply Addendum No. 1 has been issued!
  • March 19, 2018

    RFQ 18-20 Big Rock Boat Ramp Dock Supply has been posted on the city's bid opportunity webpage!
  • January 11, 2018

    Design is in its final stages. 
  • January 9, 2018

    City Council approves award of RFP 17-68 to Zinc Communications Strategies
  • November 15, 2017

    Design is nearing completion and the necessary approvals are underway.
  • August 18, 2017

    Design is well underway.
  • June 23, 2017

    The shoreline ground condition assessment was completed.
  • May 23, 2017

    At the May 23, 2017 Council meeting, staff requested direction on proceeding with the in water works. Council directed staff to modify the Big Rock Boat Ramp design for Phase 1 works to include floating ramps and a fish cleaning station. Construction of Phase 1 will occur in 2018. 
  • March 31, 2017

    Tender 17-22 has been cancelled due to unforeseen delays in acquiring necessary approvals. It is anticipated that this Tender will be reposted once these approvals have been resolved.
  • March 23, 2017

    Notification received from DFO (Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada) causing project to be delayed.
  • March 20, 2017

    Tender 17-22 Big Rock Boat Ramp Reconstruction has been posted to the City's bid opportunities section of the website. 
  • February 26, 2017

    Design has been completed!
  • February 20, 2017

    The RFO for the rip rap supply and delivery is anticipated to be posted in early March 2017.
  • December 8, 2016

    Outlook Engineering and Landscaping Architecture has been engaged to complete the design and support construction activities.
  • 2013

    Outlook Engineering and Landscape Architecture prepared a preliminary design report
  • 2005

    Lanarc Consultants Ltd. prepare a South Island Highway (19A) Conceptual Design Phase 2 which includes Big Rock Boat Ramp Upgrades

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