Kal Lake trail gets funds

A trail corridor with views of Kalamalka Lake could soon be a draw for locals and tourists.

A trail corridor with views of Kalamalka Lake could soon be a draw for locals and tourists.

The Electoral Area Advisory Committee has agreed to spend $200,000 to $250,000 on a trail from the Vernon college campus south to Crystal Waters Road, on the boundary with Lake Country.

“The views are spectacular,” said director Mike Macnabb.

The trail would largely follow the base of the old highway although construction may be required in a few locations.

“Out of the 14 kilometres, there’s less than 2.7 kilometres that we need to do some work on,” said director Bob Fleming, who first proposed the concept.

It’s expected that the trail will be popular with tourists but also with residents who are looking for alternate modes of transportation. And there is the  likelihood that it will link to other communities.

“Lake Country is taking over the old highway along Wood Lake and it’s been designated as park so there will be be a connection into Lake Country,” said Fleming.

“Kelowna is also working the other way towards the airport.”

Currently, the BX-Swan Lake electoral area, which includes the trail area, is the lead funding source. But other jurisdictions in the North Okanagan, as well as Lake Country, will also be asked to contribute.

It’s not known when development of the trail could begin.