From mountains to lakeshores, residents and visitors alike enjoy a plethora of routes in the region.
Recognizing over 20 years of community efforts, the Ribbons of Green Trails Society of Vernon has launched a project to recognize Greater Vernon as the trail capital of British Columbia.
The North Okanagan Regional District Board of Directors agreed to seek the official mark under the Trademarks Act of Canada on behalf of the Ribbons of Green at the July 20 board meeting. The RDNO will also establish a working group of stakeholders to help oversee the use of the official mark.
“The official mark of Greater Vernon – Trails Capital of BC is a great way to recognize the contributions of many individuals, community groups, businesses and local governments,” the RDNO said in a statement. “At the same time, it will increase awareness on the part of locals and visitors to the tremendous network of sustainable trails in and around the Greater Vernon area.”
The area is anchored by multi-use trails that connect Okanagan, Kalamalka, and Swan Lakes, surrounded on the north and west sides by the historic Gray Canal Trail, with the Okanagan Rail Trail extending south and the High Rim Trail running south. extending east and south.
Connecting and supporting the main trails is an extensive network of routes ranging from dirt single track to paved suburban paths, with great variety in between. Although the number and volume of trails is enormous and constantly expanding, it is the extent of the trails that is most impressive.
“Hike to the top of Middleton Mountain or cycle to work on the Polson Greenway,” Ribbons of Green said. “Notice the Cycling Without Age trishaws on the Okanagan Rail Trail and the Kalamalka Lake Multi-Use Trail. Enjoy the views from numerous lookouts on the Gray Canal Trail or hike the wooded trails of Ellison Park and Kalamalka Lake on a hot day.
The Greater Vernon trail system is truly multi-seasonal.
Between Sovereign Lake, Silver Star, and Predator Ridge, the area also offers plenty of options for downhill skiing, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. Some multi-use trails are cleared in the winter, and many trails can be taken in winter conditions with proper footwear.
The extent of community engagement is also amazing. Community groups have developed and built trails through fundraising and sweat equity.
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