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Splatsin seeks $12.5 million in federal funding to develop North Okanagan Shuswap Rail Trail – Vernon News

$12.5 million sought for trail

The Splatsin First Nation of the North Okanagan is seeking federal funding of $12.5 million to help develop the North Okanagan Shuswap Rail Trail.

If successful, the funding would develop 42 kilometers of the trail from Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous to near Stepney Road in Spallumcheen.

The band is applying for funding from the Federal Active Transportation Grant from Infrastructure Canada in partnership with the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Regional District of Columbia Shuswap.

The non-motorized recreational trail would create new tourism and transportation benefits for the area, including a potential connection to the Okanagan Rail Trail.

“Splatsin strives to assume the role of custodians of their traditional lands on behalf of the Splatsin people and the Secwépemc Nation for the benefit and use of the Secwépemc people and their neighbors now and in the future,” said Kukpi7 (Chief) Doug Thomas.

“The economic and land management benefits are only the tip of the iceberg. The rail trail will promote a healthy lifestyle and exercise, family outings, appreciation of nature and knowledge of the territory, as well as a better understanding of Secwépemc values ​​and culture. .”

Plans for the project include conducting archaeological impact assessments, clearing trails, site preparation and construction with a gravelled surface, parking areas, fencing, shoreline protection, as well as signage and drainage improvements.

When complete, the trail will be 50 kilometers long, however, the final 7.4 kilometer section near Armstrong is not part of the current demand.

It will be considered for other grant applications in the future, trail developers say.