Ribbons of Green Trails Society
The Ribbons of Green Trails Society of Vernon, British Columbia, Canada is a non-profit, trail advocacy group dedicated to the promotion and construction of walking, hiking and cycling trails, both on and off-road within the Greater Vernon region.
The purposes of the Ribbons of Green Trails Society are to advocate for a network of public non-motorized trails within the Greater Vernon area and to encourage connectivity with trails in neighbouring communities.
The mission of the Ribbons of Green Trails Society includes, but is not limited to:
advocating for municipal governments and other organizations for the construction of non-motorized trails in Greater Vernon;
encouraging trail connectivity within Greater Vernon and with those in neighbouring communities
supporting best practices for trail design, construction, use, signage and maintenance
supporting trails and pathways used for both recreation and transportation wherever feasible
working collaboratively with and supporting community partner organizations with similar purposes
Who is the Ribbons of Green Trails Society?
The Ribbons of Green Trails Society currently consists of 10 directors who meet once a month to advance trail development and ensure maintenance.
City of Vernon staff and Council Members, District of Coldstream staff, and Regional District of North Okanagan Parks staff are also in attendance at the monthly meetings.
Active Transportation Report
On October 23, the Ribbons of Green Trails Society presented their comprehensive Active Transportation report to Vernon Council. The 22-page document provides recommendations for an active transportation network to make most of the city safely accessible by foot and bicycle for all ages and abilities.
A Multi-Use Path (MUP) is a safe transportation route that is physically separated from motor vehicle traffic, and is meant for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
Did you know Greater Vernon has all these wonderful paved MUPs:
Polson Park MUP
29/30th Street (Polson Greenway) MUP
Okanagan Landing Road MUP
Kal Lake Road MUP
Kidston Road MUP
Coldstream Creek Road MUP
College Way MUP
Jack Schratter Way MUP
Silver Star Road MUP
Longacre Trail MUP
Allenby Way MUP
15th Street MUP
20th Street MUP
35th Avenue MUP
Explore our region using a MUP!
Click here to view MUP locations on our detailed interactive map.
Coldstream Ranchlands Park & Trail Proposal
The Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) has created a draft development plan for the Coldstream Ranchlands.
The RDNO acquired the 126.5-hectare natural area in 2021 to create a passive recreation opportunity while preserving high-value ecosystems for conservation.
Greater Vernon - Trails Capital of British Columbia!
Ellison Park upgraded parking lot
Ellison Provincial Park has an attractively upgraded parking lot with many new amenities! Check out the extra parking space alongside picnic tables, trail map signage, outhouses, bike repair station, and garbage and recycling bins.
Located on the east side of Eastside Road, you can access a network of trails in Ellison Park and connect to the Predator Ridge Resort trails.
Be mindful of construction along the Predator Ridge Resort trails.
McKergow Meadows Park
A modern gazebo with amazing views of Kalamalka Lake offer an opportunity to sit and take in the wonderful surroundings.
Motivational words are patterned into the table.
Another park access is at Mt Bulman Place.
New Grey Canal Interpretive Signs
A series of five new interpretive signs have been erected along scenic sections of the current Grey Canal trail.
Grey Canal 1910
Image Courtesy Museum & Archives of Vernon, Photo 7569
The Grey Canal - From Flume to Trail
A presentation sponsored by the "Friends of Kalamalka Provincial Park society
Held on July 5th at the Juniper Bay Picnic Area, in Kalamalka Provincial Park
Presented by Ingrid Neumann, Ribbons of Green Trails Society director
Videographed and produced by Bruce Mol, Ribbons of Green Trails Society director
Click here to view the presentation
The Grey Canal was a game changer in the growth of Greater Vernon
The Ways of Water - Stories of the Grey Canal
The Ribbons of Green Trails Society collaborated with the Museum & Archives of Vernon to create a series of filmed interviews about the historic Grey Canal.
NEW TRAILS in Greater Vernon!
Hiking Trails beyond Greater Vernon
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Community Bike Map
Suggest a hiking trail
Do you have an idea for a new hiking trail in the Vernon area? Please contact us!