Project made possible thanks to the federal National Recreational Trails Program

The Honourable Ron Cannan, Member of Parliament for Kelowna-Lake Country, on behalf of the Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Infrastructure, Communities, and Intergovernmental Affairs is happy to announce that the Kelowna Snowmobile Club and the Regional District of Central Okanagan are receiving federal funding to improve and develop recreational trails in the region.

The Kelowna Snowmobile Club will receive $27,500 for trail improvements through its Okanagan Highlands Snowmobile Project, while the Regional District of Central Okanagan will receive $61,000 for trail development connecting the Lebanon Creek Greenway Regional Park and the Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park.

"By building on the vast network of recreational trails that run throughout the Okanagan, we are offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to experience yet another great outdoor experience. This will have a positive impact on the local economy and encourage people to enjoy what the Okanagan has to offer," said MP Ron Cannan.

"We're extremely grateful for this federal funding to help build a new five kilometer trail, along with funding signage, fencing and footbridges over Lebanon Creek," said Regional District of Central Okanagan Chair Gail Given. "Design work on the $142,000 recreational corridor will be completed this spring with construction planned through the summer. We expect that the new trail will be officially open for the public this fall," she said

"On behalf of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club, I would like to thank the federal government for supporting this much needed funding," said Dave Liemert, President of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club. "The grant will go a long way to assist us with continued development, maintenance and expansion of our current trail system, including improvements in trail signage and visibility, improved mapping, and addressing narrow areas on the trails to improve grooming," he said.

Thanks to a partnership between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition, $10 million has been made available between 2014 and 2016 to help expand and rehabilitate Canada's snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle and non-motorized trail system.

Quick Facts

Economic Action Plan 2014 announced funding of $10 million over two fiscal years, 2014-15 and 2015-16, to expand and improve snowmobile, all-terrain vehicle, off-road motorcycle and non-motorized recreational trails across the country through an agreement between the Government of Canada and the National Trails Coalition.
This funding will help build and renew multi-purpose trails for walking, running, cross-country skiing, biking, all-terrain vehicle use and snowmobiling.
Between 150 and 200 projects are expected to be supported across Canada. The National Trails Coalition is responsible for selecting and approving projects.
Associated Links

To learn more about the National Recreational Trails Program, visit:

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