Greater Vernon, known for its extensive trail system, is adding to its reputation with the acquisition of a new trail connection. The Regional District of North Okanagan has obtained a 4.2-kilometer section of the former Grey Canal irrigation flume from Coldstream Ranch, which will be transformed into a future recreation trail.
In addition to this exciting acquisition, two other trail projects have recently been completed. The first is a 900-meter connection for the Grey Canal Trail, filling a crucial gap between the Turtle Mountain and Bella Vista/Okanagan hills sections. The second project is a 1.3-kilometer section of the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail, allowing access between Bailey Road, Highway 97, Kekuli Provincial Park, and the Okanagan Rail Trail.
The development of these trails has been made possible through grants and funding. The Regional District of North Okanagan received a $110,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport, administered by the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association. This funding will be used to develop the Grey Canal Trail. The Kal/Crystal Waters Trail project, on the other hand, received $210,000 in funding from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport.
The completion of these trail projects aligns with the Greater Vernon Trails and Natural Spaces Master Plan, which aims to enhance and expand the region’s trail network. With these new additions, visitors and locals alike will have even more opportunities to enjoy the beautiful outdoors and explore the stunning landscapes of the Okanagan and Similkameen area.
Lana Popham, the Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sports, recognizes the importance of investing in tourism infrastructure projects like these trails. She believes that such investments benefit not only visitors but also communities and the local economy. By connecting communities and creating vibrant spaces, these trails contribute to the overall growth and well-being of the region.
As the Trails Capital of B.C., Greater Vernon continues to pave the way for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers. Whether you’re a hiker, cyclist, or simply enjoy a leisurely stroll, these new trails offer something for everyone. So lace up your shoes, grab your bike, and get ready to explore the beauty of Greater Vernon’s trail network. Adventure awaits!