THE PREDATOR RIDGE TRAIL SYSTEM IS AN OASIS FOR WALKERS, RUNNERS, AND CYCLISTS
Call it the Predator lifestyle. Residents and guests head out in the morning for a walk on one of the resort’s numerous trails, or stroll along in the evening taking in the breathtaking vistas the trails reveal. And now those trails have been lengthened even further, with an extension that links an existing trail to Ellison Provincial Park, with its elevated bench lands sitting above a dramatic rocky shore.
“This is really about supporting the Okanagan lifestyle that makes Predator Ridge so attractive to people,” says Susan Morris, fitness manager at Predator Ridge. “Now that we’re connected to Ellison Provincial Park, it just extends what was already available to everyone at the resort.”
“In addition, our freshest neighbourhood, The Commonage, adds another circle trail to our inventory,” says Susan.
Ellison Park has a rich cultural history and the park is dominated by stands of ponderosa pines and Douglas fir, while deer wander over the scenic landscape.
Predator Ridge’s trail system is already extensive, with 7.5 km of public trails and 9.2 km of resort trails, providing a unique opportunity for explorers to interact with the natural landscape and the animals that it sustains. The system of paths and trails connect to lookout areas that provide some of the most picturesque views found anywhere in the Okanagan.
With the recent announcement of the approval of the Okanagan Rail Trail, Predator Ridge has become a leading force behind it as the trail’s Base Camp.
Building this trail will provide much more than a pathway. It creates connections in our region that will benefit our all of our communities today, and into our future. As biking has become a significant activity at Predator Ridge, the link to Ellison and the Rail Trail offers some moderate downhill biking trails with great views of Okanagan Lake and gradual climbs in a forested setting.
Bikes, including models offering pedal assist, are available for rent at the Fitness Centre at Predator Ridge, notes Morris. Racks are scattered throughout the property and bike storage is now available, she adds.
The North Okanagan Cycling Society has maps of the cycling trails posted online for those interested in riding. The trails, Morris says, are rated as “moderate cross country,” meaning they aren’t too demanding for those walking or riding.
The new trails are just another example of Predator Ridge’s connection to its remarkable natural surrounding.
OKANAGAN RAIL TRAIL FACTS
• $22 million – purchase price of discontinued rail corridor.
• $50 million – asking price.
• $7.86 million – estimated cost to construct the first phase of the trail.
• 48.5 km – length of trail when completed (17.8 km in Kelowna, 2.3 km in Okanagan Indian Band, 16.3 km in Lake Country, 12.1 km in Regional District of North Okanagan).
• 24 kms – total distance of lakefront, creeks and truly unique natural habitats along the trail.
• 1.3 % – maximum grade of the trail.
• 212,000 – combined estimated population of communities along the trail.
• 588,000 – estimated # of annual uses by year 5.
• 43 – number of cultural and recreational points of interest within 500 meters of the trail.
• 1 – number of international airports along the trail.