Greater Vernon Expands its as the Trails Capital of B.C.
The trails capital of B.C., Greater Vernon, is living up to its reputation with the addition of a new trail connection. The Regional District of North Okanagan has acquired a 4.2-kilometer section of the former Grey Canal irrigation flume from Coldstream Ranch, which will be converted into a future recreation trail.
In addition to this exciting acquisition, two important trail projects have recently been completed. The first is a 900-meter connection for the Grey Canal Trail, bridging the gap between the Turtle Mountain and Bella Vista/Okanagan hills sections. The second is a 1.3-kilometer segment of the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail. These projects play a vital role in expanding the trail network in the Greater Vernon area.
The acquisition of the 4.2-kilometer section of the Grey Canal irrigation flume opens up exciting possibilities for outdoor enthusiasts. Once converted into a trail, it will provide residents and visitors with another opportunity to explore the beautiful natural surroundings of the area.
The completion of the 900-meter connection for the Grey Canal Trail is a significant milestone. This missing link in the trail system was eagerly awaited by trail users, and its completion brings us one step closer to a fully connected network of trails in Greater Vernon.
The new section of the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail offers convenient access between Bailey Road, under Highway 97, and Kekuli Provincial Park and the Okanagan Rail Trail. This connection not only benefits local residents but also creates a link between the Rail Trail and the communities of Predator Ridge and Sparkling Hills Resort.
These trail projects have been made possible through funding from various sources. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport, through the Targeted Regional Tourism Development Initiative and the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program, has provided grants to support the development of these trails.
The completion of these regional trails is a significant achievement and aligns with the goals outlined in the Greater Vernon Trails and Natural Spaces Master Plan. The investment in tourism infrastructure projects like these trails not only enhances the visitor experience but also brings economic benefits to the community.
With the addition of these new trail segments, Greater Vernon solidifies its position as the Trails Capital of B.C. The trail network continues to expand, offering endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and exploration. Residents and visitors alike can look forward to enjoying the natural beauty of the region while staying active and connected to nature.