Enhancements will be planned and coordinated.

The acquisition of the old CN corridor from Coldstream to Kelowna provided the opportunity to create not only a trail, but a model public space that balances recreation and active transportation with environmental restoration, creates learning opportunities, builds relationships and community engagement. These diverse values will be considered as part of the master planning process.

Fundraising will focus on planned and coordinated enhancement of trailside areas based on the trail master plan and detailed site plans. The first capital campaign is for trailhead development at ‘Kilometre Zero’ in the North Okanagan.

Current Campaign

Kilometre Zero in Coldstream at the north end of Kalamalka Lake is the beginning and end of the trail for many trail users. The Syilx people called this place, “K’ək’maplqs”, or ‘Little Head of the Lake’. Grant applications and public donations large and small will help to make this site the best it can be.

Kilometre Zero is all about connections:

  • Connecting trail users to safe pathways leading to other destinations or parking, and to Vernon and beyond.
  • Preparing users for the trail experience ahead, and connecting them to the story of how K’ək’maplqs has always been used for gatherings and fun times.
  • Connecting communities and visitors with a sense of respect and responsibility for the trailside environment.
Leave Your Legacy

Site development will include a plaza, a hilltop lookout, an interpretive kiosk inspired by kekuli pit house design, indigenous gardens and a gateway feature marking the beginning/end of the journey at Kilometre Zero. Check out the Draft Concept Plans

Concept plans will incorporate public feedback and be updated in early 2020, and a fundraising target and approach will follow. Watch this site for more information and launch of the public campaign.

Can’t wait to leave your mark on the head of the Okanagan Rail Trail?

  • Early Bird donations are being accepted by the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan.
  • Contact Friends of Okanagan Rail Trail if you, your organization or business would like to help with fundraising for Kilometre Zero.

    Donor Funded Enhancements

    The three landmark sites funded by the Edna, Stella and Harry Weatherill Foundation are great examples of community generosity creating sites for trailside enjoyment and discovery.

    Regional District North Okanagan Km 3.7. Once an area of waste rock from railway construction, this site has been enhanced with landscaped berms and seating areas to provide a place to get off the trail, have a rest or a picnic, and reflect on the beautiful, ever-changing colours of Kalamalka Lake. Will open spring 2020. 

    District of Lake Country Km 23. Work at Ribbleworth Falls has restored the connection between the falls and Wood Lake, and created a welcoming place for trail users to appreciate the nature of riparian habitat and traditional uses. Will open spring 2020.
    City of Kelowna Km 40. Carney Pond in the City of Kelowna is a bird-watchers delight! A viewing platform will allow trail users to ‘slip into a different world’ and observe the natural delights in this serene wetland. (Development is subject to permitting approvals) 

    Project Partners

    See who were actively involved in developing, funding and managing the Okanagan Rail Trail