Cycling, walking, equestrian, mountain biking, and ATV trails await outdoor enthusiasts in the Okanagan-Similkameen
The Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, in cooperation with its member municipalities, is developing a Regional Trails Master Plan (RTMP). The RDOS is asking residents to help set trail priorities in the South Okanagan-Similkameen by filling in an online survey or coming to a future trails open house.
“The RTMP seeks to meet the needs of the diverse user groups accessing the many different trails within our boundaries,” states Chair Dan Ashton. “It will become a strategic plan to guide the Regional Trails Program over the next 10 years.”
Cascade Environmental Resource Group Ltd., from Whistler/Squamish, has been hired to develop the RTMP. One of the key trails identified by Cascade is the Kettle Valley Railway. This historic trail links several communities and provides access to popular hiking, cycling, equestrian, mountain bike and ATV trails.
“Finding a balance that allows hikers, bikers, equestrian riders and motorized vehicles to use local trails safely and comfortably is major goal of this plan,” explains Mark Woods, RDOS Community Services Manager.
A Regional Trails Master Plan Committee Trail has been created to oversee the plan. Committee members include volunteer trail maintenance groups, government agencies and other stakeholders.
All RDOS residents are invited to get involved by filling out an on-line survey at www.clickhikebike.com. As well an open house on the project has been scheduled for Tuesday October 25 at 4 p.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort Ballroom. If you are unable to attend this meeting a schedule of Committee meetings will be posted on the Regional District website at www.rdos.bc.ca.
Many trails are currently documented through Regional District’s online mapping located at www.clickhikebike.com. The site allows anyone to contribute information on the many trails within the RDOS.