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Floating parade to open new Kelowna Paddle Trail

Buoys along the newly created Kelowna Paddle Trail include distance markings and maps.
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April 20, 2018 - 3:30 PM

KELOWNA – The City of Kelowna will hold a water parade next month to celebrate the opening of the 27-kilometre Kelowna Paddle Trail.

Between McKinley Beach and Bertram Creek Park, 22 buoys have been installed, with maps to nearby beach accesses and distance markers.  

The approximately 27-kilometre trail is a unique way to explore the lake and offer a fun way to visit some of Kelowna’s beaches and parks.

Organizers of the Kelowna Paddle Trail have organized a fleet of paddlers for a water parade between 9 a.m. and noon on May 19.

Paddlers on non-motorized watercraft will meet at Hot Sands Beach in City Park by 9 a.m. and, following a ribbon cutting ceremony, parade down the lake front. The parade will turn around at Waterfront Park and return to City Park – a roughly two-and-a-half-kilometre round-trip.

City of Kelowna community and neighbourhood services manager Mariko Siggers  calls the event “a celebration of the lake and non-motorized water activities that promote physical activity.”

“It’s a wonderful community-driven event featuring many different organizations that have come together to help educate our city about the great opportunities for fun and safe lake activities,” she says in a media release.

The event is hosted by the City of Kelowna in partnership with Kelowna Dragon Boat Club, Central Okanagan Regional District, Kelowna Canoe & Kayak Club, Community Recreational Initiatives Society Adaptive Adventures, Okanagan Dragon Boat Racing Club, Bust 'N Loose - Kelowna Breast Cancer Paddling Team, Kelowna Rowing Club and the Kelowna Paddle Centre.

After the inaugural parade, paddlers will have the opportunity to try different paddle sports for free, watch races and demonstrations, and learn about water safety.

Adaptive equipment options for people with diverse abilities will also be available.

“The paddle trail is an amazing legacy for our community,” Siggers says. “We were excited to add it into our extensive network of Active by Nature trails to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.” 

For an interactive map and more information about Active by Nature, visit the City of Kelowna website

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