Soon there will be another way to get around and enjoy the District of Summerland.
The Province will be working with the District of Summerland and area trail-advocacy groups to construct the Summerland Lakeshore Pathway, the newest addition to Summerland’s trail system.
The Province and the District of Summerland have jointly announced their plans to improve the local trail system, an important route for cyclists and pedestrians providing commuting, recreational and economic opportunities.
The Province is contributing $420,000 and the District of Summerland is contributing $80,000 toward the estimated $500,000 cost of the one-kilometre trail located adjacent to Highway 97 between Lakeshore Drive and Illahie Beach.
Engineering design work has been initiated for this separated pathway along the lakeside, providing pedestrians, cyclists and other non-motorized vehicle users an alternative and more sustainable travel option between the Illahie Beach area and the community via Lakeshore Drive.
Working with the partners, the Province anticipates construction of the trail could start as early as spring of 2015. Development of this trail improves safety and meets the partners’ common goal of creating accessible communities.
Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure −
"I am delighted that this new pathway will promote active transportation and contribute to the health and well-being of families and residents of Summerland for many years to come.”
“The construction of this multi-use trail is an excellent example of our government’s commitment to investing in infrastructure projects that create local jobs, promote sustainable growth, are good for the environment and build strong, liveable communities.”
Dan Ashton, MLA for Penticton −
“The Okanagan is known for its accessible recreational activities, including hiking and cycling. This funding will help increase the amount of trails and routes area residents and tourists can enjoy. I'm always pleased when the Province can work together with our local government and community groups to promote healthy living for years to come.”
Mayor of Summerland Janice Perrino −
“Building healthy and safe community walking, hiking and cycling trails is a priority for the District of Summerland.”
“This multi-use trail provides greater access to a local trail network and increases recreational activities for our local residents, pedestrians and cyclists well into the future. We thank the Provincial government for their support and leadership in this partnership to improve the quality of life for the residents of Summerland.”
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure
Mayor Janice Perrino
District of Summerland