MEC donates $45,000 to Okanagan Rail Trail

The Okanagan Rail Trail is closer to completion thanks to a donation of $45,000 from the Mountain Equipment Co-op in Kelowna.

This comes from the company's community investment budget, which supports outdoors-based initiatives such as the Rail Trail.

“We felt that it really aligned with what we’re trying to do at MEC, and that’s get people outside,” says Karen Fitzgibbons, a manager at the Kelowna location. “We know that Kelowna is a really active city, and the trail is just a great fit and a great community initiative, and we wanted to be a part of it.”

With this donation, the trail is now $105,000 away from completion. Its initial fundraising goal was $7.8 million two years ago.

 “It’s great to have the community’s support,” says City Director of Strategic Investments Derek Edstrom. “We’re getting close, and we’d love to continue to see more donations come in, and people get excited about the future of the Rail Trail.”

The 50-kilometer trail will stretch from Kelowna to Coldstream, and the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative hopes to finish fundraising by July 1st.

If everything goes well with permits and construction, the trail could be completely open by late summer or early fall.