KVR

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.

Issues: 

RDOS rethinking cycle trail proposal

The Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen is having a sober second thought on a proposed bike link between Penticton and Summerland along Highway 97.

The board reversed an earlier decision and will give some consideration into a four-way split on the cost of a $110,000 master plan.

But they also haven’t said yes.

The B.C. government proposes 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.

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As described in the follow-on story in The Herald, the RDOS has withdrawn its opposition to this project until the source of the funds has been clarified.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

Automobile traffic along the KVR

I have received a number of complaints about automobile traffic on the KVR behind Sage Mesa and heading north.  It might be good fun for some people but I think it is safe to say that driving out to bush parties on the KVR is not a good idea, especially in our precarious fire situation.

Access is apparently through the road to Pine Hill golf. map

Be wary of holes on the KVR Trail

Dear Editor:

Warning to users of the KVR Trail on the West Bench, Penticton.

There are several washouts on the trail. Users could fall into the holes and get injured.

One of the holes is partially covered by grasses and weeds, therefore hard to see.

Hikers, bikers, horse riders, please take extra care to watch for the holes and avoid them.

The holes in the trails are caused by water running down the track during rain storms, the water building up to a volume large enough to erode and wash away the trail bed.

Summary as of fall 2010

The main page on this issue is quite messy with all the updates, etc.  Here is a summary of where we stand as of fall 2010.  The RDOS has not heard back from INAC or any other agency on this issue since May.

Update 07 Dec 2010: I noticed that INAC does have a "frequently asked questions" page for the PIB-KVR issue.  The information it contains is roughly consistent with what follows.

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Forum focuses on future of KVR Trail

The uncertainty surrounding the transfer of a portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail to the Penticton Indian Band sparked a feeling of fear from some at Wednesday’s public meeting in West Bench.

“This is a very touchy issue between everybody,” said Chief Jonathan Kruger. “A lot of people use the (trail) right now and it’s just that fear of change and we just have to get past that fear and come to some understanding where we can all live together because we are living together right now. I’m sure we can work together and live together and prosper together.”

Indian Band wants to set the record straight

Penticton Indian band Chief Jonathan Kruger wants to reduce the fear factor surrounding the band‘s application to reacquire the former KVR right-of-way through the reserve.
Kruger and band Councillor Joan Phillip outlined the proposal before about 150 people attending a public information meeting Wednesday night at West Bench Elementary School.
While many residents expressed concern over what the bandís future plans may be for the route, emotions were largely kept in check.

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