Greater Vernon Expands Its Reputation as the Trails Capital of B.C.

The trails capital of B.C., Greater Vernon, is further solidifying its reputation with the addition of new trail connections. 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. This acquisition comes in addition to the recent completion of two important trail projects.

One of the completed projects is a 900-meter connection for the Grey Canal Trail between the Turtle Mountain and Bella Vista/Okanagan hills sections. This missing link is crucial for the trail system and was made possible through the joint efforts of the City of Vernon and RDNO. Thanks to a $110,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, the trail development was made possible.

The other completed trail project is a 1.3-kilometer section of the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail, which allows access between Bailey Road, under Highway 97, to Kekuli Provincial Park and the Okanagan Rail Trail. This project received $210,000 in funding from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program. It helps connect the Rail Trail to the communities of Predator Ridge and Sparkling Hills Resort.

These trail developments align with the Greater Vernon Trails and Natural Spaces Master Plan, adopted in 2022. The plan aims to enhance the region’s outdoor recreational opportunities and promote tourism. The addition of these trails not only benefits visitors but also contributes to the local economy.

Lana Popham, the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, recognizes the importance of investing in tourism infrastructure projects like the Grey Canal and Kal/Crystal Waters Trails. These investments not only connect communities but also create a more vibrant British Columbia.

With these new trail connections, Greater Vernon is cementing its status as the Trails Capital of B.C. Outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers can look forward to exploring this beautiful region and enjoying its extensive trail network.

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