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Rail trail to connect Enderby and Splatsin gets boost of nearly $460,000

Splatsin Rail Trail looking towards Enderby Cliffs.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/The Shuswap Trail Alliance

The Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail is getting $459,061 to put towards a new pilot section of rail trail connecting Enderby and Splatsin.

Splatsin, the Regional District of North Okanagan, and Columbia Shuswap Regional District ownership partners were awarded the money as part of the COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream funds provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia, according to a press release issued by the trail association. Once completed, the trail will run from Sicamous to Enderby.

The Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail previously announced $250,000 had been secured from the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association in partnership with the Provincial Ministry of Tourism, bringing the total funding for the construction of the pilot section to $709,061. 

Working collectively with the rail trail technical team, operations, and planning staff, each of the jurisdictions are developing standards for the pilot project. This includes vegetation restoration and landscaping, trail amenities and signage, as well as addressing invasive plants, according to the press release.

“This provincial and federal funding announcement validates the hard work of the rail trail partners, the volunteer efforts of our community capital fundraising committee, and the generous contributions from our donors," said Alex de Chantal, fundraising strategy coordinator, in the press release.

For more information or to donate to trail intuitive, visit the Shuswap rail trail's website.


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