VIDEO: What an Okanagan Rail Trail could look like

A new video released by the Okanagan Rail Trail Society showcases the benefits of a multi-use pathway along the old Kelowna Pacific Railway bed.
Image Credit: Okanagan Rail Trail

VERNON - A new video showcases the merits of converting the rail bed between Vernon and Kelowna into a multi-purpose trail.

The 50 km stretch runs along Kalamalka Lake, Wood Lake and Duck Lake and past 22 parks. Canadian National has begun the process of selling off the line, whose former operator Kelowna Pacific Railway went bankrupt last summer. The land has already been offered to the federal government, and is now before the province. Next, the offer will fall to local governments.

The Okanagan Rail Trail is asking the public to encourage federal, provincial, and municipal governments to preserve the corridor together.

The Okanagan Indian Band has also expressed desire to return the property to reserve land.

If the government doesn’t step forward, the land will likely be sold off in fragments to private buyers. 

Video Credit: Okanagan Rail Trail

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