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Okanagan Rail Trail's popularity means tour buses must drop off elsewhere

Cyclists on the Okanagan Rail Trail summer 2018.
June 20, 2019 - 5:15 PM

COLDSTREAM - With over 110,000 cyclists and pedestrians having already used the Okanagan Rail Trail so far this year, local authorities are asking tour bus companies to pick up and drop off away from the trails main entrance point.

A media release from the Regional District of North Okanagan is asking commercial operators and tour buses to pick up and drop off their clients away from the Kickwillie Loop area.

"We are thrilled to see that the trail is so popular that new business opportunities have been created. However, the Kickwillie Loop area is not suited to accommodate the unloading of buses or other commercial vehicles,”  District of Coldstream chief administrative officer Trevor Seibel said.

Instead, the Regional District and the District of Coldstream are asking commercial operators to drop people off at the Coldstream parking lot on Kalamalka Road, located between Dutch’s Campground and the Alpine Centre. From here the trail is a two minute bicycle ride or five-minute walk.

Other options also exist at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park, off of Highway 97, which has the infrastructure and parking lot designed for dropping off large groups of people; or at the parking on the Kal Crystal Waters Trial (which links to the Okanagan Rail Trail) at the Bailey Road parking lot, or at the Kalamalka Lakeview Drive parking lot.

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