The Shuswap North Okanagan Rail Trail Development Plan has been prepared to ensure success in improving pedestrian and cyclist accessibility, destination tourism benefits and longer-term healthy community objectives for all of the communities along the corridor, while attempting to balance the realities of identified technical challenges and limited resources within the rural context.
The multi-use trail will be developed to a basic standard, as a continuous route between Sicamous and Armstrong. The finished surface will consist of crushed and compacted aggregate, suitable for pedestrian and off-road bicycle use, as well as universal mobility access. An average 3.5 metre tread width will be constructed (minimum 3 metre in areas of topographic constraint to maximum 4 metre width where feasible) to maintain consistency with the Okanagan Rail Trail between Vernon and Kelowna, and other Rail Trail corridors within the Province of BC.
Included in the development of this basic standard of trail will be road crossings, signage, access barriers, safety barriers, and support infrastructure to provide a basic level of safe and accessible use by pedestrians and cyclists.
This final report was approved by the Governance Advisory Committee January 15, 2021, and adopted by by the boards of CSRD, RDNO and Splatsin council.