Q: How much of my donation goes to actual construction?
A: Every dollar donated goes to trail construction. The only fees associated with the campaign are credit card fees and costs associated with providing tax receipts. Of the $7.8 million raised, approximately $73,000 in fees was paid
Q: How will my contribution be acknowledged?
A: Contributions will be acknowledged on the website okanaganrailtrail.ca/trail-supporters/individual. A ‘wall of recognition’ will then be constructed after the trail has been developed to honour those who helped to build it.
Q: Why did it cost over $7 million to develop the trail?
A: This magnificent route is a valuable community asset that will be used for generations to come. Costs to convert a railway corridor to a safe, enjoyable route for walking and cycling are required to:
1) Ensure safety and comfort of trail users. By widening the trail bed, addressing natural hazards (e.g.rock scaling), ensuring safety at trail/road crossings through intersection control, and finishing the trail with an even, smooth surface of crushed, compact aggregate material.
2) Protect the environment. The corridor was built in the 1930s and not been maintained to current environmental standards. Part of trail development will be to ensure that environmental protection measures are in place, particularly along lake shores and watercourses.
3) Allow access greater access to more users. By engineering and constructing a proper multiuse trail will allow access for families with strollers, wheel chairs and a greater variety of bicycles.
4) Ensure long term durability with minimal maintenance. The trail will be constructed to ensure it remains durable over the long term, and will require the minimum amount of ongoing maintenance. This included removing all current materials and rebuilding the foundation of the trail for proper drainage and long-term durability.
Q: When will all of the sections of the trail be completed?
A: Now that the funds have been raised, the section of trail between the airport and Lake Country can be designed and prepared for construction. The section of trail through the Okanagan Indian Band by Duck cannot begin until the land has been transferred to the Band by the Federal Government and they have completed all zoning requirements.
Q: Why was the rail corridor purchased?
A: The CN Rail line is a continuous, uninterrupted corridor that connects the urban centres of the valley and provides access to many of the valley’s most scenic features. Protecting the rail line for use as a public right of way potentially benefits residents and recreational enthusiasts today and provides opportunities to meet the transportation and economic needs of the region in the future.
Q: Which local jurisdictions are involved?
A: The District of Lake Country, City of Kelowna, the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Okanagan Indian Band are the owner jurisdictions; the District of Lake Country, City of Kelowna, the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Province of B.C. funded the purchase of the Okanagan Rail Corridor. The portion of the corridor running through Okanagan Indian Band’ Duck Lake IR#7 is in the process of being returned to reserve status through a process that is facilitated by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada after decades of CN Rail occupation.
Q: How much did the rail corridor cost?
A: While the original asking price of the corridor was $50 million, the negotiated cost of the corridor is a combination of $22 million in monetary consideration and land donation for which CN will receive a charitable donation receipt.