Why does the KVR have so many pot holes?

As we have said many times, the RDOS can do nothing at this point about the potholes on the KVR trail.  This is because the RDOS does not own the KVR trail between the Penticton River Channel and the Trout Creek trestle.  We are waiting on the Penticton Indian Band to get full ownership of the land before we can work together to make the former rail line a designated (and maintained) path.


October 2016 Remediation on the KVR

The following update is from Mark Woods, RDOS Community Services Manager, regarding remediation work on the KVR trail:

The work taking place on the former KVR right of is part of the land transfer negotiated settlement between the PIB and CP Rail.

Westhills Aggregate won the bid through CP Rail to undertake remediation work in three sections of the KVR. The remediation work includes removing contaminated soils from the lands which are then hauled to the Campbell Mountain Landfill for proper disposal. All costs are covered by CP Rail. I checked with our Landfill staff and the material will be used as cover.


Bridge to somewhere

Update 13 February, 2016:

As described in the follow-on story in The Herald, the RDOS has withdrawn its opposition to this project until the source of the funds has been clarified.  There are two components:

  1. A $110K design plan for the trail segment between Summerland and Penticton
  2. The $4-$10M construction of the trail segment.


Our understanding was that both the design plan and the construction would be partnerships with the province, meaning the RDOS (including Penticton and Summerland) would be expected to contribute a significant portion of the funding.  Even if the construction costs were at the lower end of the $4M-$10M range, the project would be too expensive for the RDOS.  Hence our original refusal to participate.

RDOS says no to lakeside trail from Penticton to Summerland

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen has politely declined participation in a four-party master plan for a bike link between Penticton and Summerland along Highway 97.

The B.C. government proposed a study on a multi-use trail linking Trout Creek to Penticton with the cost being shared by the province, City of Penticton, RDOS and District of Summerland.

The master plan would cost $110,000, with each partner's share being $27,500. If approved, the trail would cost around $7.8 million.