Future users of the rail trail through Lake Country will discover the recent history of the area and Okanagan Indian culture as they walk or cycle along the corridor.
Five double-sided interpretive markers will be erected along the trail at McCarthy Road, Woodsdale Road, Ribbleworth waterfall and at two spots on the Oyama isthmus. This project, a collaboration between the Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society and the Okanagan Indian Band, is made possible by a Canada 150 grant from the provincial government. A graphic artist and editor, Don McNair, has been contracted to research and design the panels under the direction of the Heritage Society and the Indian Band. The project will be completed by spring 2018.
“The goal is to continue the process of interpreting our community through informational signage, especially to folks on foot or on bicycles, who may take time to learn about the history of the countryside and aspects of Indian culture as they travel through it,” said Dr. Duane Thomson, President of Lake Country Heritage and Cultural Society.
Similar signs will eventually be placed along the entire trail from Kelowna to the North Okanagan, along Pelmewash Parkway, and elsewhere in Lake Country.
Source of a portion of this article: The Daily Courier, Friday, June 30, 2017, p. A5.