Regional District of Central Okanagan Regional Park System Grows

The Regional Board has approved property purchases and statutory rights of way totaling almost one million dollars to add to the Regional Park system.  The purchases will see just over seven hectares added to some existing and future parks.

A 1.08-hectare parcel along with two rights of way will be added to the future Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park ($100,500).  A five-hectare parcel has been purchased for $475,000 to be added to the existing Coldham Regional Park, while an almost one-hectare parcel has been purchased for future use as a greenway recreational corridor along Lebanon Creek adjacent to the Scouts Canada Camp Dunlop.

For more information about the purchases please view this report to the Regional Board.

I am also still watching for news on the Black Knight Mountain Regional Park that is to be created!

BC Provincial Parks – Please Help Stop Vandalism.

My first thought to these official looking stickers that are being added to Hiking Trail signs and other Recreational Area Information signs was

“hmm, a new sign”.

Then I laughed when I realized that someone added the sticker because they are funny! That was in the Graystokes area where hikers better watch out for motorized vehicles in summer and winter as they are the designated mode of travel. A few weekends later I was exploring the Trepanier Canyon Provincial Park where motorized vehicles may not be permitted and I saw the same stickers being added and this time with a few new additions…bullet holes.

So I would like to use this blog as the staging point for movement to have this vandalism stopped. This type of vandalism is bad for everyone. It makes a bad name for responsible folks who use motorised vehicles for recreation, damages public property, misdirects and misinforms tourists and locals and really is irresponsible.

Please help stop this by commenting here and asking the members of various outdoor recreation groups to help put a stop to the people who are responsible.

I have emailed BC Parks and other parties that may be able to help.  I will add to this contact list as time permits. Please mention in the comments what groups you have contacted and if you have had any luck in asking people who are responsible to stop.

comment below —BC Parks

comment below —-Some Kelowna and Provincial ATV Groups

no comment —-Central Okanagan Hiking Club

Trepanier Canyon and Lacoma Lake Trail near Peachland BC.

Get Trepanier Greenway Regional Park info.

Get Trepanier Provincial Park info. (same area)

Yesterday I went up to Trepanier Road to look for the Lacoma Lake Trail that runs along the Lacoma Creek at the bottom of Trepanier Canyon. I have a few hiking pics of the area and while they are not published yet I need to let you know that as of July 27th, if you want to drive to the Lacoma Trail Head you will need to bring a power saw with you. About 2 km before the Trail Head a tree about 2 feet in diameter is blown down across the trail.

I was driving with my wife in our new car so I had to park on Trepanier Creek Forest Service Road at a nice pullout before that. The FSR pullout would be very suitable for some free camping – but situated a long ways before the Lacoma Trail Head.

After we hiked the 4.4 km to the Trail Head we only had time to hike another 1.6 km along the actual Lacoma Lake Trail. The one thing that I was surprised at is the fact that there really was no sign of a canyon. The topo maps show some very steep terrain though so I will have to go back with a power saw some time to make sure I can drive to the trail head, and hike all the way to Lacoma Lake at the head of the canyon. I have the the GPS coordinates for the trail head so if you want them just send a quick email or wait a bit and I’ll have them posted at my Canadian Hiking Adventures Website.