Parks centennial in motion

A celebration of 100 years of adventure in B.C.’s parks is hitting the trails in Vernon.

The North Okanagan Cycling Society will be hosting a family-friendly hike/bike/run on the multi-use trails in Ellison Provincial Park Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.

“The event is a celebration of 100 years of adventure in our beautiful, supernatural B.C. Parks; and a promotion of a fun and healthy lifestyle to be enjoyed by all ages,” said Cynthia Kapicki NOCS president.

The main course will follow a nine-kilometre single-track loop through Ellison Park’s grassy ponderosa forest, with options to take shorter routes if participants wish.

Each participant will be dealt a poker hand at the end of their chosen event; there will be prizes for best poker hand in each event, draw prizes and a barbecue after.

Participants are asked to park in the campground parking lot and make their way through the walking trails from the campground to the new upper parking lot where registration will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The event will also showcase the efforts of NOCS volunteers who maintain and manage the multi-use trails at Ellison Park under their Parks Use Permit.

The City of Vernon Environment Week will also be present to promote ‘Trees and Gardens.’

“Show up, sign up and be part of the adventure,” said Kapicki.