Folks can ride the rails of the Okanagan Valley
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By Aaron Theisen
Vernon, B.C. – The story of the Okanagan Valley can be told through a natural corridor that runs along the valley; moving from the Syilx (Okanagan) band to gold-rush-era miners and turn-of-the-century rail lines. Today, the former Canadian Northern rail corridor once again connects communities from Coldstream to Kelowna, this time as the Okanagan Rail Trail. It’s a unique addition to the ever-expanding bike trail system of the Okanagan.
The 50km rail trail runs from the north end of Kalamalka Lake south to the centre of Okanagan Lake, half of it along lakefront, creek and natural habitats, connecting visitors to the natural history along this corridor. The nearly level rail-grade allows users to hike or bike as little or as long as they like, from lunch-break strolls to high-mileage bike rides.