Potential rail purchase endorsed

Potential rail purchase endorsed

The Shuswap Trail Alliance backs acquiring the old rail line from Spallumcheen to Sicamous

  • Apr. 3, 2017 12:00 p.m.

The prospect of a recreational corridor in the North Okanagan-Shuswap is gaining praise.

The Shuswap Trail Alliance welcomes a $2.7 million grant from the provincial government that will go towards the potential purchase of the former Canadian Pacific rail line from Spallumcheen to Sicamous.

“This is a game changing step closer to realizing the vision of a continuous greenway trail corridor between Sicamous and Armstrong that will ultimately connect with both the Okanagan Rail Trail to Kelowna, and the southern trails linking Kelowna to Osoyoos,” said Phil McIntyre-Paul, with the STA.

“The STA applauds the visionary leadership and collaboration of the Splatsin chief and council with Columbia-Shuswap and North Okanagan municipal/regional leadership.”

The regional districts are still in negotiations with CP and a final purchase agreement for the corridor hasn’t been reached.