Moorage of M.V. Fintry off Kickininee Provincial Park

Just a heads-up: The RDOS has been asked to comment on a proposal for the temporary moorage of the Fintry Queen in Okanagan Lake off Area F.

  1. The proposed management plan can be found here
  2. RDOS staff report to Area F APC


The RDOS is not the decision maker, the Province of BC is.  Howerver, like the PIB, we may be considered stakeholders and are being asked to comment.  Please let me know (or leave a comment below) if you have any strong views one way or another on this proposal.



Cattle guard is gone

The Ministry of Highways and Infrastructure removed the Bartlett cattle guard today.  We asked on behalf of some residents but it was MoTI's decision.

The cattle guard was completely unnecessary due to the PIB's new fence configuration and cattle guard adjacent to the Westhills Aggregates entrance (see previous posting).  Ours was a cattle guard with no fence attached to it. It did absolutely zero to stop the horses.  Instead it was just a nuisance for motorists, cyclists, and nearby residents alike.

On the positive side, it served as a pretty effective speed bump and waker-upper (especially on frosty mornings if you hit it while still cornering).  Hopefully folks will continue to moderate their speed as they approach the intersection with Lambert.

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.


Lastest on asphalt plant

Notice went out recently to residents adjacent to the Peter Bros. asphalt plant regarding a second  (temporary) processing unit.  This has caused some concern on the West Bench so an update is in order:

Bottom line: Peter Bros. has withdrawn their temporary use permit (TUP) application for the second plant and has decided instead to locate the plant on PIB lands (see notice on main RDOS site).  This decision effectively ends the RDOS's involvement in the issue this time around.  RDOS bylaws do not apply to First Nations lands.

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.

September 2015 update on the horse problem

I have received many complaints in the last few weeks about the very large herd wandering the West Bench recently.  And, when looking at this site, I see that my last update on the horse problem was a year ago.  So what has happened in the past year?

On the surface not much.  But under the surface there has been some significant progress within the PIB to address this issue.

First some background: When talking to people (often upset people) about the horse issue, they inevitably point out that the RDOS or the PIB should "do something."   Fair enough.  But the problem, as I have pointed out in the past, is that it is not obvious to me what this "something" should be.  At bottom, the situation boils down to this:

What is going on beside the Westhills pit?

Short answer: I don't know.

The PIB has been clearing/leveling some land across the road from its Westhills Aggregates operation for several weeks now.  RDOS staff have made some inquires to Westhills and the Band but so far we have not been told anything definitive.

Update 18 Mar 2015: According to the website for the Penticton Indian Band Development Corporation, the site is being cleared for a mobile home manufacturing plant:

PIBDC and the Lands Department are hosting the Information Meeting on a proposed manufactured home company on Wednesday March 18, 2015 at the Penticton Indian Band Hall....


Band closes in on deal for KVR land

An agreement in principle to transfer portions of the Kettle Valley Railway trail from CPR ownership to the Penticton Indian Band is likely a done deal, according to the Okanagan Coquihalla MP. “Basically, they are close to coming to a settlement whereby CPR is prepared to transfer the land to the Penticton Indian Band,” said MP Stockwell Day.

“There are court details that they are still working out. But every indication I have, talking to both sides, is that a final official agreement is very close.”


There is apparently much concern and confusion regarding the transfer of the KVR lands to the Penticton Indian Reserve.  My original blog posting on the topic attracted many hits and some comments. In addition, there have been a few exchanges (not always cordial) in the local newspapers.  What follows is a summary of my current understanding of the situation. As always, your questions and comments are welcome.

Update 17 Oct 2010: I have added a much shorter and cleaner summary here.