Major Changes for the Okanagan Rail Trail

The Okanagan Rail Trail is making some changes this year.

City Council will receive a report on monday outlining the Rail Trail Interpretive Project set for completion in fall 2019.

Sites at Carney Pond, Ribbleworth and Kalamalka Lake will be part of the project aimed at educating visitors through design, art and stories.

Well-designed facilities will provide a range of recreational, transportation, tourism, and event opportunities in the communities through which it passes.

“The work that's being done today is being been primarily funded through donations, through the Okanagan Rail Trail initiative, as well as grant funding from the federal and provincial governments and other agencies.,” said Derek Edstrom, Director of Strategic Investments at the City of Kelowna.

According to Edstrom, everyone was pleasantly surprised by how well the trail was being used after it opened last year.

Alongside the site improvements, a new logo has been designed to establish consistency among communities and to create a commonality between signage.

“It’s different than what was used during the fundraising campaign and so the team had gone out and had a brand consultant work with the inter-jurisdictional team and made a recommendation,” said Edstrom.

Council approved the principles of the Okanagan Rail Trail Brand Identity and logo attributes back in February.