As a Vernonite, I am a little jealous of Kelowna — just for one reason and one reason only — their accessible waterfront.
When you visit Kelowna, the pleasure of strolling along their waterfront, enjoying the lake views, with music and entertainment in the summer, is immeasurable.
Recently, we visited Nakusp. Here, in this tiny village, is a beautiful waterfront promenade which includes a lovely pergola and sitting area and a tranquil Japanese garden, all leading to a public beach.
Here in Vernon, we are blessed with three waterfront areas, all of which are almost completely inaccessible to the public. No lovely waterfront promenade here.
What Vernon has let happen is truly tragic: gorgeous waterfronts that are almost completely taken over by residential homes and condos.
Even Swan Lake is heading toward the same fate. Imagine the tranquil nature walks that could be there.
Thank you to Ducks Unlimited for preserving a small corner of this lake.
Thank you, too, to the small group of people who are preserving the historic Okanagan Landing Station.
The loss of our waterfronts is obviously irreversible, however, let’s pull together to preserve what is still left for public enjoyment.