MP Richard Cannings is again planning to cycle through the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, starting Aug. 28.                                 Submitted photo

MP Richard Cannings is again planning to cycle through the South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding, starting Aug. 28. Submitted photo

South Okanagan-West Kootenay MP cycling through his riding for third year

MP Richard Cannings is taking to his bicycle for the third year in row to tour his riding

MP Richard Cannings is taking to his bicycle for the third year in row to tour his South Okanagan-West Kootenay riding.

For the last two years, Cannings has done a “Ride the Riding bicycle trip through the riding, which he says gave him a different way to meet the people, businesses and industries that make up the riding.

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The tour will use a combination of rail trails and highways, starting in Naramata on Aug. 28 and finishing in Crescent Valley on Sept. 2.

“I enjoy riding these rail trails myself, and one of the reasons for this cycle trip is to highlight their importance to the riding,“ said Cannings, noting the trails are an important attraction for tourism and a key economic driver for many small communities throughout the riding.

As in past years, Cannings invites people to ride sections of trails with him as he travels from community to community.

He has scheduled coffee and meal breaks at various points where the public could meet him to share their concerns, ideas and suggestions for the South Okanagan-West Kootenay. He will be leaving the Glenfir area (Naramata) for the KVR trail at 7 a.m. on Aug. 28 and heading to Okanagan Falls and then Oliver. He has planned stops at Hideaway Bakery in Penticton at 8 to 9 a.m. and KJ Coffee Bar at 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. in Okanagan Falls. He will also stop for lunch at Medici’s in Oliver from 1 to 2 p.m.

Cannings will complete his trip of Sept. 3 with a Labour Day pub night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Barking Parrot Bar in the Penticton Lakeside Resort.

The complete itinerary is available online at richardcannings.ndp.ca.

“This ride has been such a success and I’m really looking forward to hitting the trails again,” he said. “Everyone is invited to join in on the ride and I look forward to hearing what everyone has to say.”

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