Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
The Okanagan Valley is recognized as an amazing natural playground. One of its major assets is the 350 km long former Kettle Valley Rail corridor. This corridor now forms part of the BC portion of the Trans Canada Trail and is ideal for hiking, cycling, horseback riding and cross-country skiing. Our society helped build the 60km section between Penticton and Osprey Lake. We continue to add facilities and educational signs to make a hike, ride or cycle a pleasant and educational activity. We gain great satisfaction by providing access to everyone who enjoys a healthy outdoor lifestyle.
Our Story What We Do
Our history began in the year 1998 with preparations for the Trans Canada Trail Relay. Originally, the name of our group was The Trail and Quail Society. Later, we changed the name to The Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society which more closely reflects our purpose. Since then we have been operating in close collaboration with the TCT Foundation, the District of Summerland, RDOS, local trail and volunteer groups and tourist offices to enhance the trail experience in and around Summerland. Our group was very much involved in reconnecting the Trout Creek Trestle Bridge and in installing three additional bridges that help provide a continuous trail from Penticton to Osprey Lake and beyond. We form an important part of the 500 km KVR trail between Midland and Hope. Once the trail connections were completed, we applied for and received funding through the Spirit 2010 and similar projects to conduct surface improvements and to install information kiosks, picnic tables, outhouses and various historical and interpretative signs along the trail. In 2013 we created our own website www.summerlandtrails.ca and increased advocacy so that more people are aware of this fantastic natural asset. We continue to improve our trail system by adding educational signs and facilities such as picnic tables, outhouses and information kiosks.
Our Programs How We Do It
We are representing all users and trail enthusiasts with a strong emphasis on non-motorized use. Our primary activities are: 1. conduct trail maintenance and perform improvements to directional signage and trail surface 2. ensure safe and enjoyable use of the trail and its facilities for locals and tourists with various mobility needs 3. install and maintain benches, picnic tables and outhouses to provide resting spots for all trail users 3. advocate non-motorized enjoyment based on sound environmental and sustainable management principles 4. collaborate with local trail organizations and tourism offices to encourage responsible use coupled with economic benefits 5. provide trail users with historical and cultural knowledge of our region by installing information kiosks and display boards
What You Can Do
Join us as a member. Membership forms are available on our website. We are always looking for trail enthusiasts who would like to hike the trails, join us for social bike rides or give us a hand with maintenance and beautification. A strong and engaged membership helps us do a better job. Why not be part of it?