Greater Vernon Expands its Trails Network to Solidify “Trails Capital of B.C.” Title
The Greater Vernon region is further establishing its reputation as the “Trails Capital of B.C.” with the addition of new trail connections. The Regional District of North Okanagan has recently obtained a 4.2-kilometer section of the former Grey Canal irrigation flume from Coldstream Ranch, which will be transformed into a recreational trail in the future.
Additionally, two significant trail projects have recently reached completion. The Grey Canal Trail has added a crucial 900-meter connection between the Turtle Mountain and Bella Vista/Okanagan Hills sections, while the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail now offers a 1.3-kilometer stretch. The completion of these trails aligns with the Greater Vernon Trails and Natural Spaces Master Plan, a key objective adopted in 2022.
The acquisition of the Grey Canal section was made possible through funding support. The City of Vernon and RDNO secured the land in 2021, and RDNO received a $110,000 grant from the Ministry of Tourism, Arts, Culture and Sport to develop the trail. The Kal/Crystal Waters Trail project received $210,000 in funding from the Community Economic Recovery Infrastructure Program, helping to link the Rail Trail to Predator Ridge and Sparkling Hills Resort.
These trail expansions not only benefit visitors but also contribute to the local economy and community development. Lana Popham, Minister of Tourism, Arts, Culture, and Sport, emphasized the positive impact of tourism infrastructure investments like the Grey Canal and Kal/Crystal Waters Trails, which connect communities, enhance tourism opportunities, and create a more vibrant British Columbia.
The additions to Greater Vernon’s trail network enhance outdoor recreational options and promote an active lifestyle for residents and visitors alike. With its growing trail system, Greater Vernon solidifies its reputation as the ultimate destination for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers in the Okanagan and Similkameen area.
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