The CN Rail line was constructed in 1925 to bring the produce and lumber of the Okanagan Valley to markets across the country. Operated by Kelowna Pacific Railway the line served the communities of Campbell Creek, Kamloops, Vernon, Coldstream, Lake Country, Okanagan Indian Band and Kelowna.
Challenged with high costs and low revenues, Kelowna Pacific Railway entered receivership and ceased rail service in July 2013. In September 2013 CN Rail began the formal process of discontinuing the rail line running from Lumby Junction in Coldstream to Kelowna.
With financial support from the provincial government, local and municipal governments stepped forward to purchase the discontinued CN rail corridor. In doing so, they created an unparalleled opportunity to establish a legacy for local communities. Beginning in 2016, a two- year community fundraising campaign along with several grants raised the $7.8 million that was needed to develop the trail.
The trail’s near-level surface means it can safely support use by all ages, abilities and activities. From wee ones to seniors, everyone can all enjoy the safety of walking and biking together –away from congested roads and moving traffic.
Every trip along the trail offers an opportunity to learn about and experience our diverse nature. Over 24 km of the trail follows lakeshore and creeks with rich riparian habitat that supports a variety of plants, birds and other wildlife.
Photo credit: Morey Walker, Debbie Clarke