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Pair of Okanagan trail groups merge into one

A cyclist at the Fur Brigade Linear Park between Peachland and Summerland, 400 metres above Okanagan Lake.
Image Credit: ET2media, Summerland
December 13, 2016 - 9:00 PM

PENTICTON - Two Okanagan trail groups have become one.

The Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society and The Trail of the Okanagans Society have amalgamated under The Trail of the Okanagans Society banner, according to a media release.

The Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society, which formed in 1999, had been appointed trail steward along a 40 kilometre long stretch of the Kettle Valley Rail trail connecting Summerland with Osprey Lake. However, the group’s mandate for that section of trail ended with a new trail maintenance agreement between the province and the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen earlier this year.

The Trail of the Okanagans has been active in creating a 250 kilometre pathway from Osoyoos to Sicamous and is currently focussing their activities on a Summerland-Penticton-Peachland connection, the release states.

Moving forward, the amalgamated group will continue working with the District of Summerland and the Central Okanagan Regional District to redevelop the fur brigade trail between Summerland and Peachland.

Both groups have contributed to an engineering study with respect to a bike lane running adjacent to Highway 97 from Trout Creek to Penticton. 

The Trail of the Okanagans would also like to see the Trout Creek trestle to West Bench portion of the Kettle Valley Railway right of way become another trail route at some point in the future.

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