New trail kiosks installed by RDOS highlight rail history and biodiversity in the South Okanagan-Similkameen

Trailheads note key history

In order to spread more information on the extensive trail network and unique biodiversity in the South Okanagan-Similkameen region, the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen recently installed five interpretive kiosks at strategic trailhead locations throughout the region.

Each kiosk will soon be outfitted with regional trail mapping, trail etiquette and historical references, and local biodiversity information.

“These distinctive kiosks reflect the trains that once travelled throughout the interior,” RDOS Chair Mark Pendergraft said in a press release. “This rail history and the rail beds that remain are important reasons why these trails exist to this day.”

The installed kiosks were built by Vernon-based European Timberframe Corp., with support from Rec Sites and Trails BC.

The kiosk locations are as follows:

  • Chute Lake (Electoral Area “E”)
  • Okanagan Falls Trestle (Electoral Area “D”)
  • McAlpine Bridge – Tuc-el-Nuit (Electoral Area “C”)
  • Similkameen Rail Trail – Cawston (Electoral Area “B”)
  • Road 21 (Electoral Area “C”)

For further information, visit the regional trails page at www.rdos.bc.ca or contact RDOS Projects Coordinator Kyle Gabelhei.

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