Following the pathway

A proposed pathway which would provide a link between Okanagan communities has received interest from around the valley.

A proposed pathway which would provide a link between Okanagan communities has received interest from around the valley.

The Trail of the Okanagans would provide pedestrians and cyclists with a safe route, beside the lake. It would also have significant benefits for the region’s tourism-related businesses.

The Okanagan Valley is a significant tourism destination. Vacationers help to drive our economy.

Any initiative which enhances the experience for visitors is worth considering.

The support so far has been remarkable, but there are still some challenges involved.

Dealing with numerous communities, regional districts, provincial constituencies and federal ridings means coordinating a lot of elected officials. It means the pathway is not just Summerland’s trail and not just Penticton’s trail. It benefits all.

In addition, because of the proximity to Highway 97, the provincial Ministry of Highways would have a say in this trail.

With the number of people involved, progress could move slowly.

However, the slow pace could work to benefit the promoters of the trail.

Because the pace is slow, it will allow those who may question its benefits at present to become familiar with the concept and eventually embrace it.

Considering the amount of support for the project at present and the diversity of the people and organizations interested in the pathway, it is likely the work will go ahead with little if any opposition.

The sooner the necessary agreements can be reached the sooner the work can begin.

Then, once it is completed, the benefits should be easy to see as visitors come to the area to experience the pathway for themselves.

 

Just Posted

Living life to the fullest with Alzheimer’s – an Okanagan couple’s story

Stella Adams and Willi Brombach are making their way through the uncharted waters of Alzheimer’s

Summerland’s solar power array on schedule

Solar project nearing public consultation stage

Growth in many ways for Summerland

Looking back on 2018 and looking forward to 2019 with Mayor Toni Boot

Video: New Penticton studio is a playground for creative types

We toured Penticton’s newest creator space

Hang glider pilot rescued from Pincushion Mountain

Pilot was able to help guide rescue crews to her location

B.C. storm totals $37M in insured damages

The December storm wreaked havoc on B.C.’s south coast

Chiasson nets shootout winner as Oilers edge Canucks 3-2

Edmonton moves one point ahead of Vancouver

B.C. chief says they didn’t give up rights for gas pipeline to be built

Hereditary chief: no elected band council or Crown authority has jurisdiction over Wet’suwet’en land

Condo rental bans may be on way out with B.C. empty home tax

Many exemptions to tax, but annual declarations required

UPDATE: B.C. boy, aunt missing for three days

The pair are missing from Kamloops

Daredevil changes game plan to jump broken White Rock pier

Brooke Colby tells council daredevil event would help boost waterfront business

Liberal bows out of byelection after singling out Jagmeet Singh’s race

Karen Wang says she made comments online that referenced Singh’s cultural background

Truck hauling compressed gas for ‘virtual pipeline’ crashes on B.C. highway

Driver charged and highway closed for nine hours - containers did not rupture

Most Read