Okanagan Rail Corridor

The former CN rail corridor (between Kelowna and Coldstream) has been identified as a continuous multi-modal transportation corridor connecting all the communities along the line. The municipalities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon and Coldstream and the regional districts of Central and North Okanagan are working collaboratively in achieving common transportation goals for the mutual benefit of the valley's residents.

The former rail corridor has the opportunity to be a regionally significant multi-modal transportation corridor with benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and in the future, transit. Its use as a trail is an incredible opportunity for tourism in the Valley. The Province of BC also supports this corridor and has contributed to the funding for acquisition.

To maximize the access to Kalamalka Lake and the rail corridor the Pedestrian and Bike Master Plan includes a proposed a 3 metre wide multi-use path. This route would start in Polson Park and connect via Kalamalka Lake Road to the City boundary with Coldstream. The terminal point of the rail corridor in Coldstream is approximately 1250 metres from the City boundary.

City staff have and will continue to work with District of Coldstream staff to develop a connection between the rail corridor and the Class 1 trail in Vernon, thus providing Vernon residents with safer options for travel for commuting and recreation.

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