The Okanagan Rail Trail
The Okanagan Rail Trail is a project to re-develop an unused train right-of-way into a new world-class recreational trail. The Rail Trail traverses the length of Lake Country. Play the video to see a short section of the trail with rails removed waiting for further development.
conversations with lake country artists
The Lake Country Museum and Archives has created a documentary film of twelve local artists. Funded through the BC Arts Council and partnered with the Lake Country Art Gallery, UBC Okanagan, ARTSCO, and the Lake Country ArtWalk and Public Art committees, the Museum completed the first twelve interviews in 2014. Dr. Hussein Keshani of the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies at UBCO assisted with the project by developing a 4th year Art History course and Shea McMartin worked with the project as a researcher and primary interviewer.

The artists interviewed and featured in the film are Christian Reiner, Margaret Kyle, Shani Wendell (Lake Country School of Dance), Petrina McNeil, David Alexander, Kate Gibson Oswald, Julie Elliot, Chris Malmkvist, Wendy Ord and Glen Samuel (Mountain Lake Films), Angela Hansen,  Jennifer Boal and John Refvill.

The interviews focus on the story of each artist and how their life experiences have translated into their artwork as well as directions they expect to explore in the future. The interviews also explore the events that have influenced the creation of specific pieces of art in each artist’s portfolio and the influence of the community of Lake Country on their work: geographic, social, aesthetic, cultural, and environmental.

The complete raw footage of the interviews are available to researchers at the Museum Archives and a short clip of each artist can be viewed on the Museum’s You Tube channel.