A proposed trail along Kalamalka Lake is in the works.

The Regional District of the North Okanagan is investigating development of a trail from Okanagan College to Crystal Waters Road, near Oyama.

“It’s a plan in progress,” said director Bob Fleming, who is promoting the concept.

Kalamalka Lake viewed north from Crystal Waters Road

Kalamalka Lake north towards Vernon from Crystal Waters Road in Oyama.

Fleming would like to see construction start this year, but a price tag has not been finalized yet.

“Because most of the right-of-way is there, it could be relatively low cost,” he said, adding that it may be possible to access senior government grants.

If the trail proceeds, Fleming envisions it ultimately linking with the old highway along Wood Lake [Pelmewash Parkway] once the new upper level Highway 97 is open.

“It would be a natural connection for a cycling route,” he said.

Source: Richard Rolke, The Vernon Morning Star, March 24, 2013.

Photograph: Carol Thomson