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Year round mountain coaster proposed for North Okanagan

The proposed site for the Wood Mountain Adventure Park.
Image Credit: Cathie Bal
July 31, 2019 - 6:30 PM

SPALLUMCHEEN - The North Okanagan could soon have its very own adventure park.

The idea is the brainchild of the Wood family, who hope to build an adventure park that would feature an Alpine Mountain Coaster, ziplines and an obstacle course on their Spallumcheen property.

Daughter of Jack and Patti Wood, Cathie Bal, told if all goes to plan, stage one of Wood Mountain Adventure Park will open in 2020.

Bal said the family hopes to bring an Alpine Mountain Coaster, which is similar to the one operating at Revelstoke, but able to fit two adults per car, along with zip lines and an obstacle and challenge course for kids to the property off Highway 97A near Eagle Rock Road.

"Our main goal is to keep it intact and as untouched as we can," Bal said. "(We want) a very natural environment."

Bal said the Wood Mountain Adventure Park is very much a family project that would take but a small section of the 240-acre property her great-great-grandfather started farming on.

"Kids from the age of three are working on this, plus my grandmother," she said.

Bal said the family wants to create a place that caters to everyone in the family, making sure there's something for little ones along with teenagers and adults.

She describes the mountain coaster as "almost like tobogganing, but crazier." The mountain coaster would also be able to run all year round.

The Township of Spallumcheen has passed first and second reading of a text amendment to the bylaw needed for the park to come into fruition and is holding a public hearing at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Township of Spallumcheen offices.

— This story was corrected at 9:25 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019. An early version of the story incorrectly said the property was owned by the Woods family. The property is owned by the Wood family.

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