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Kal Crystal Waters Trail Information

Construction of the Kal Crystal Waters Trail (KCWT) was started in 2015. The goal of creating this trail was to connect the current southern end of Jack Schratter Way with Lake Country, thereby creating an off highway route for hiking and biking. Jack Schratter Way starts in the City of Vernon at the base of Mission Hill and continues to Okanagan College in Coldstream.

The first phase of construction in 2015 saw construction of a connection between Lakeview Drive in Coldstream and the look out on Kalamalka Lakeview drive which is mainly in Electoral Area “B” of the Regional District of North Okanagan.

The second phase of construction occurred in 2016. This phase connected a disused remnant of highway 97 south at the entrance to Kekuli Bay Park with Bailey Road, utilizing both MOTI highway right of way and existing trail within the Park. This was done in co-operation with BC Parks. A grant from Bike BC was used to help fund this portion of construction.

The next section proposed to be built, hopefully in the spring of 2017, will involve constructing a trail section across the top of two private properties on MOTI right of way, south of Bailey Road, to connect to an existing road remnant from the original highway from Vernon to Kelowna, decommissioned in approximately 1963. This piece of old highway which, despite not being used for over 50 years, is still in remarkably good condition and provides excellent trail access for about 3 km, at which point there is a connection to the Okanagan Rail Trail (ORT).

The ultimate goal of the Kal Crystal Waters Trail construction is to create a completed link to Crystal Waters Road in Lake Country. This trail will definitely complement the ORT by allowing linking “loops” between the Kalamalka Lake level ORT and the higher elevation Kal Crystal Waters Trail. Like the ORT, the KCWT has very mild grades, making it accessible for most hikers and bikers. Also like the ORT, the construction is creating a packed aggregate surface very suitable for most types of bikes and of course for hikers and walkers.

A map of the trail showing completed and proposed sections is attached along with scenic photos taken in 2015 and 2016 from the trail.

Trail Facts:

  • The trail is approximately 15km from the college to Lake Country;
  • Dogs on leash are permitted;
  • No motorized vehicles requiring a license (e.g. cars, trucks, ATVs, snowmobiles, motorcycles);
  • Garbage containers will be available on the trail and acceptable for dog waste;
  • No overnight camping.