Splatsin launch corridor plan

The Splatsin have released a discussion paper about the discontinued railway from Sicamous to Spallumcheen.

A local First Nation is stepping up efforts to preserve an abandoned rail corridor.

The Splatsin have released a discussion paper about the discontinued railway that runs from Sicamous to Spallumcheen.

“The Splatsin leadership recognizes the long-term tourism and transportation potential for the corridor, as well as the opportunity to revitalize Splatsin culture and connections back to the land,” said Chief Wayne Christian.

The band is inviting municipal and regional officials to join it in developing an agreement to work together to acquire the remaining sections of the corridor from Canadian Pacific and develop a plan for its future.

“A meeting will be held Feb. 17 with facilitation being provided by the Fraser Basin Council,” said Christian.

Area jurisdictions include Armstrong, Spallumcheen, Enderby, Sicamous and the North Okanagan and Columbia-Shuswap regional districts.

The discussion paper can be found at www.splatsin.ca

The Splatsin recently negotiated with CP to acquire 11.7 hectares of the discontinued railway corridor.

This includes a 1.5 kilometre section south of Sicamous, along Mara Lake, and a six kilometre section south of Enderby.