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Unfinished rail trail between Armstrong and Sicamous attracts off-road vehicles

Image Credit: SUBMITTED: The Shuswap Trail Alliance

A section of the yet-to-open rail trail between Sicamous and Armstrong is soon to have barriers installed due to a spike in the number of motor vehicles using the old rail corridor.

The Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail is not open to the public as work is ongoing as it is developed into a walking and cycling trail.

However, according to a media release from the Shuswap Trail Alliance, the sunny weather has led to a spike in reports about unauthorized motor vehicles using the corridor.

Due to the increase in off-road vehicles using the trail, barriers will now be installed at strategic points on the 50-kilometre trail between Sicamous and Armstrong. The alliance says bylaw enforcement and the RCMP will be called if needed.

Residents who live near the trail will see ATVs and trucks used by crews and technical experts as the construction of the trail progresses.

The Sicamous-to-Armstrong Rail Trail is a joint partnership between the Splatsin First Nation, the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District.

Currently, there is no timeline given for when the trail will open.

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