Trail Map Goes Interactive
The Ribbons of Green Trails Society has launched a new Interactive Trail Map of the Greater Vernon area on their website. The map includes photos, trail information, and access directions. Trails are divided into three categories: Vernon Area trails, Grey Canal trails, and Predator Ridge trails.

“You can easily see at a glance where the various trails are located around Greater Vernon”, states Ingrid Neumann, Ribbons of Green Director who was involved with creating the map. Click or tap on a coloured trail on the map to view the trail’s name. Click or tap on a trail photo to display further trail information such as features, access, parking, distance, difficulty, trail surface, and whether dogs are allowed. Zoom in on the map to view trail location and parking.

The Interactive Map can be viewed on smart phones, tablets, and computers.

To view the Interactive Map, visit

(see Castanet News article)
Greater Vernon Interactive Trail Map
New Interactive Online Trails Map

Ribbons of Green Trails Society donates to Okanagan Rail Trail
The Ribbons of Green Trails Society has contributed $5,000 towards development of the Okanagan Rail Trail, with the hope that other Okanagan recreation users and groups will do the same (see Morning Star newspaper article). 

Donations can be made online at or at the Community Foundation of North Okanagan or the Central Okanagan Foundation.
Ribbons of Green Trails Society director Dave Smith (left) delivers $5,000 for Okanagan Rail Trail development to Debbie Clarke, rail trail ambassador, and Bob Fleming, Regional District North Okanagan chairperson.
Ribbons of Green Trails Society director Dave Smith (left)
delivers $5,000 for Okanagan Rail Trail development to Debbie Clarke, rail trail ambassador,
and to Bob Fleming, Regional District North Okanagan chairperson

New Interpretive Signs at summit of Middleton Mountain

Three new interpretive signs have been installed at the summit of Middleton Mountain in the Farnsworth Nature Reserve.  Signage explaining the Geology, Animals and Plants of Middleton Mountain are dispersed along the hiking trails.  Panoramic photos point out the local geographic highlights that are viewable from the signs.
Interpretive Sign

Test your knowledge while hiking! Click on the link below to download a scavenger hunt using facts from the interpretive signs:

Download a brochure with trails, parks information, parking and maps by clicking on the link below:

Morning Star Newspaper features Ribbons of Green trail articles

The Morning Star, Vernon's local newspaper, features a monthly column by the Ribbons of Green Trails Society which explores the numerous walking, hiking, and cycling opportunities in the Greater Vernon area.  The column article includes a description of the trail, highlights, and directions on how to access parking and the trailhead. Each month a different trail is featured.

To view published articles, click on the links below:

Grey Canal, Silver Star Foothills, April 1, 2016

Grey Canal, Swan Lake East, April 27, 2016

Grey Canal, The Kelowna Daily Courier, Aug 14, 2020

Farnsworth Nature Reserve and Middleton Mountain trails Grand Opening Event
In celebration of International Trails Day on June 6, 2015, the Regional District in partnership with the Ribbons of Green Trail Society hosted a successful grand opening for the Farnsworth Nature Reserve and Middleton Mountain trails.

Enthusiastic hikers climbed the Middleton Mountain summit to experience the nature reserve and trails and to marvel at the 360 degree views encompassing Kalamalka Lake, Coldstream Valley, Vernon Hill, Swan Lake, City of Vernon, Turtle Mountain and the Commonage. Several new interpretive signs which describe the geology, wildlife, plants and surrounding landmarks are located along the loop trails.

Four generations of the Farnsworth family trekked to the summit to attend the celebration. Roy Farnsworth shared his family’s experiences of living and working on the land.

Farnsworth Family

Farnsworth Family

Dignitaries Councillor Juliette Cunningham, District of Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick and RDNO Director thanked the Farnsworth family for their stewardship of the land and their foresight to preserve the area.

Read an InfoTel News article about Roy Farnsworth here.

A brochure map of the trails and parks of Middleton Mountain is available here.

Nel's Leap Trail grand opening
A new hiking trail was officially opened on June 7, 2014, which marks the historic spot where Nels Nelson, internationally renowned ski jumper, took his leap in 1929.  The trail head is next to Venture Training at the top of 43rd Avenue and Alexis Park Drive.

This steep trail connects Alexis Park Drive to the Turtle Mountain portion of the Grey Canal trail, creating a loop for hikers.  Several interpretive signs are located along the path and a bird's eye view of Vernon is achieved at the summit of the trail.

Ken Beall, Kal Rotarian and Ribbons of Green Trails society director, was instrumental in planning and creating this trail.

Nel's Leap Trail grand opening

Mary Jackson (Kal Rotary) and Mayor Robert Sawatzky officially open the trail

Ken Beall at Nel's Leap trail summit

Trail Builders Award 2011
This year's Ribbons of Green Trails Society Trail Builders Award goes to a deserving high school student, Jennifer Borchert.
Jennifer came up with a plan for a walking trail along Vernon Creek behind Fulton School as part of her Global Education project.  The 745 foot long trail from Fulton Bridge to the boardwalk on the wetlands behind the school includes a community garden and a picnic table. Jennifer started the project with Guillermo Lopez, an international student who has since returned to Spain. 
Mayor Robert Sawatzky and Ribbons of Green Trails Society President, Dave Smith made the formal presentation on February 1, 2012.
Dave Smith ROGTS president, Jennifer Borchert, Mayor Robert Sawatzky
Dave Smith (Ribbons of Green Trails Society President), Jennifer Borchert,
Mayor Robert Sawatzky

Trail Building Working Bee
On September 12, 2010 the Ribbons of Green Trails Society hosted a Trail Construction Working Bee.  Despite the dreary weather, over 40 volunteers of all ages, sizes, genders participated and completed a beautiful trail in 1 1/2 hours!
The enthusiastic group included members from the Boy Scouts, Outdoor Club, Naturalist Club, Allan Brooks Nature Centre, local residents, Kal High School students, Kim Creed (whose family originally owned the land), and District Coldstream Councillor Maria Besso-Ockert and her husband.
The event began with a lesson by Kim Young, an experienced trail builder, on how to properly construct the trail.  Once the trail was complete, volunteers enjoyed baked treats and drinks.  Most of the volunteers were eager to continue constructing further sections of the trail. 
Since its completion, the trail has been well used, and has drained well with the recent rains.  Judging by the variety of tracks, even the deer have been enjoying it.
The new trail is a component of the Middleton Mountain Circle Trail which connects the east end of Creed Loop with Middleton Way.

When completed, the Middleton Mountain Circle Trail will begin at Kal Beach Parking lot and follow east above the railway track along the Kal Beach Connector Trail, Creed Loop, climb up to Middleton Way and pass through the newly completed Middleton Mountain Park, ascend the water reservoir road and work its way to the summit.  From the summit the trail will descend the west side of the mountain on the recently constructed stairs and trail that cross Mt Ida Drive and continue into McKergow Meadows.  The trail will eventually resume across Middleton Way and connect with Husband Road returning back to the Kal Beach Parking Lot. 

Trail Builders Awards 2010

The Ribbons of Green Trail Society awarded the TRAIL BUILDER OF THE YEAR awards to two organizations that have been outstanding in their efforts to create trails in the Greater Vernon Area.


Venture Training under the direction of Eileen Howells, Executive Director, and Ed Columbus, Director of Operations, together with their clients have been active in building and maintaining trails for a number of years. Trail building helps clients develop self-esteem, a sense of community and responsibility.


Wesbild also received the award for its work on the Grey Canal Trail within the Turtle Mountain community. In partnership with Greater Vernon Park, Wesbild went beyond the basic requirement for providing parks and trails in a new neighbourhood. This over one kilometer section of the Grey Canal Trail features spectacular views of Vernon and includes a section of suspended boardwalk anchored to the rock face. Portions of the historical King Siphon, a steel pipe 630 m long and 50 cm in diameter are still in place and have been incorporated into the new trail's design.


2010 Trail Builder of the Year Award Presentation

Left to Right: Klaus Linemayr, Venture Training Board Chair; Mayor Wayne Lippert, City of Vernon; Brent Ree, Wesbild’s General Manager; Dave Smith, Ribbons of Green Trails Society President


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