Donate Now Project Partners

It took great cooperation between local governments, the Okanagan Indian Band, the Province of British Columbia, CNR, and local residents to secure this rail corridor for future use, and raise funds to build the trail. Below are the partners now involved in developing and managing the multiuse trail for the benefit of our communities.

The municipalities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Regional District of the North Okanagan and the Province of B.C. invested $22 million to purchase the discontinued CN railway running from Coldstream to Kelowna. The 3 municipalities and the Okanagan Indian Band are working together as the Okanagan Rail Trail Committee, along with participation from the District of Coldstream and City of Vernon. This team is acting as a common voice for local governments to collaborate on trail development and management for the benefit of all.

For questions regarding the trail in your area, please contact your local representative:

Lake Country: Matt Vader, [email protected], 250-766-5650 Ext. 2727
RDNO: Keith Pinkoski, [email protected], 250-550-3712 (Trails and Natural Spaces)
OKIB: Mike Fotheringham, [email protected], 250-542-4328
Kelowna: [email protected] and 250-469-8773

The Central Okanagan Foundation and the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan collaborated to receive donations and provide tax receipts. The Foundations will hold the money in trust and will reimburse the municipalities on costs to construct the trail.

The volunteer-based Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative served as community cheerleaders in supporting Campaign Partners, Business Partners and Individual Donors to raise $7.8M over 2 years to build the rail trail. Several volunteers from the Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative have continued on to form the new 'Friends of Okanagan Rail Trail'.