Parksville's beachfront labyrinth was officially opened Friday.
The circular pathway, painted on the old hovercraft landing by artists and city crews, was created to mark the 15th annual International Labyrinth Society Gathering, the first to be held in Canada, Sept. 16-22 at Tigh-Na-Mara Resort.
Conference coordinator Holly Carnegie Letcher, an occupational therapist and reiki practitioner who owns Oceanside Pathways 2 Wellness Holistic Health Services, designed the labyrinth, which joins more than 50 on Vancouver Island.
"The artists turned straw into gold," she said, noting that still to come are a bench in the middle of the labyrinth and a sign. Carol Matthews, former Dean of Human Services and Community Education at Vancouver Island University and a keynote speaker at the upcoming conference, said, "there's no right or wrong way to walk a labyrinth... The only thing that's something like a rule is to be respectful."
Walking a labyrinth can offer three Rs, she said: "Relief, Receive, Return with some new ideas."
The city was represented by Mayor Chris Burger and Councillors Bill Neufeld and Carrie Powell-Davidson," who walked the labyrinth.
Mayor Burger thanked Carnegie Letcher and called the labyrinth "a great legacy project."
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