Tracks made for new trail

RDNO closed tenders Friday on a portion of the Kal/Crystal Waters trail at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

Another section of trail on the hills above Kalamalka Lake is moving ahead.

The Regional District of North Okanagan closed tenders Friday on a portion of the Kal/Crystal Waters trail at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park.

“I hope it will be constructed in the next couple of weeks,” said director Bob Fleming, the driving force behind the project.

The first section of trail was completed last fall from Lakeview Drive in Coldstream to the Kalamalka Lake lookout.

Ultimately, there could be a 13-kilometre path from Okanagan College to Crystal Waters Road using existing road and trail that has been built.

“We’re connecting pieces so there’s one route,” said Fleming.

It’s not known what the Kekuli Bay section will cost but a $16,000 provincial grant was recently received for the work.

A tender could also be issued soon for a section of trail at Bailey Road, and quotes could be sought on the Crystal Waters portion this fall.

Fleming believes the trail will be popular once the entire length is completed.

“It will create a high trail with connections to the Okanagan Rail Trail. There will be opportunities for looping,” he said.