Interest high in rail corridor

Splatsin met with local municipalities and regional districts to discuss old CP line

There appears to be broad interest in preserving an abandoned rail corridor.

The Splatsin First Nation held an information session Tuesday about the rail line from Spallumcheen to Sicamous and it attracted representatives from Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Enderby, Sicamous, Salmon Arm and the North Okanagan and Columbia-Shuswap regional districts.

“The strong showing of local government is a good indicator of support for working together to shape the future of the abandoned railway,” said Chief Wayne Christian in a release.

Presentations from the Splatsin and the Shuswap Trail Alliance provided alternatives for the former Canadian Pacific corridor and the Splatsin’s vision.

“The Splatsin have committed to work with all of the jurisdictions and local non-government organization such as the Shuswap Trail Alliance,” said Christian.

To keep the process moving ahead, a task force has been formed, It includes Christian and the mayors and regional district chairpersons from the communities involved.

Among those at the meeting Tuesday was Greg McCune, Enderby mayor.

“It was a good start and it was good to see all of the municipalities out,” he said. “It’s exciting. The message was that it’s time to take action.”

Also in attendance was Herman Halvorson, rural Enderby director for the Regional District of North Okanagan.

“It’s a start but there are multiple representatives involved,” said Halvorson, adding that any discussions will take time.