Swan Lake trail on GVAC radar

The Ribbons of Green Trails Society wants network between lake and Highway 97

Expanding Greater Vernon’s trail network won’t happen overnight.

The Ribbons of Green Trails Society wants the Greater Vernon Advisory Committee to construct trails between Swan Lake and Highway 97.

“This long-term vision is part of our discussion,” said Rob Sawatzky, GVAC director.

One of the stumbling blocks could be the cost.

“It means acquiring properties and the cost is huge,” said director Catherine Lord.

“The last time this was looked at, the (assessment) was $32 million.”

Ribbons of Green acknowledges that it could be several years before the project becomes reality.

“It’s important that we have a vision,” said member Art Haycock.

“It doesn’t necessarily have to happen today or tomorrow. It could be 10, 20 or 30 years down the road.”

Haycock believes the east side of Swan Lake is ideal for a local trail system.

“It’s the largest sensitive ecosystem with high ecological values as a wetland habitat in our area,” he said.