Click here to download the latest Report.

Click here for the Vernon Matters news article about the recent Ribbons of Green Trails Society presentation to GVAC (Greater Vernon Advisory Committee)

Bridging the Gap

How to connect the existing Okanagan Rail Trail to the Armstrong to Sicamous Rail Trail (soon to be constructed).

This report, prepared by the Ribbons of Green Trails Society, examines several options of how the two important Rail Trails can be connected, creating an important off-road transportation corridor between Armstrong and Vernon.

Polson Park Naturalization Project

The City of Vernon is planning a Naturalization Project along Vernon Creek in Polson Park. 

Click here to view the Project.

SILGA Delegates explore the Grey Canal Trail

During the annual SILGA (Southern Interior Local Government Association) Convention in Vernon, delegates signed up for a guided walk of the Grey Canal trail.

Approximately 40 representatives of municipal governments walked along the Bella Vista portion of the Grey Canal trail on April 25, 2023.   

Ribbons of Green directors Ingrid Neumann and Bruce Mol led the walk, explaining the historical irrigation system’s creation and importance. Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming, a former Ribbons of Green Trails society president, also led the tour.

Historical news article about the
Grey Canal Irrigation System

INFOnews journalist Rob Munro wrote this comprehensive article about the Grey Canal irrigation system:

How 'Canada's biggest water system' took Vernon from cattle to fruit 

Greater Vernon is now "Trails Capital of BC"

The Ribbons of Green Trails Society initiated the project to recognize Greater Vernon as the Trails Capital of BC, to emphasize the multitude and quality of trails in the area.

View the following news articles:

Vernon Morning Star

Castanet News


Global News

Vernon Matters

Ribbons of Green trail articles in local newspaper

The Morning Star, Vernon's local newspaper, features a regular article by the Ribbons of Green Trails Society which explores the numerous walking, hiking, and cycling opportunities in the Greater Vernon area.  

To view published articles, click on the links below:

Scooting Around Vernon, Castanet News, September 25, 2021 

Enjoy Worry-Free Hiking on Vernon Trails, August 19, 2021

Geoff Mulligan receives Ribbons of Green Commendation Award, May 16, 2021

Interactive Trail Map updated, April 14, 2021

Hiking Trails for People with Mobility Issues, March 10, 2021

Okanagan Rail Trail in Winter, Feb 10, 2021

Snowshoeing Trails, Jan 10, 2021

Ribbons of Green Celebrates 20 Years, Oct 31, 2020 

Ellison Provincial Park, Oct 4, 2020

Kal Crystal Waters Trail addition, Aug 26, 2020

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

Grey Canal, Boss Creek Trails connection, August 3, 2020

BX Ranch Trail, July 1, 2020

Kal Crystal Waters Trail, June 15, 2019

A Year of Great Trail Progress in 2018, Dec 17, 2018

Palfrey Drive / Kalamalka Lake Park Loop, March 2018

Grey Canal, Turtle Mountain, Nel's Leap, August 30, 2017

Commonage Trail, July 2017

Trail Etiquette, July 12, 2017

Longacre Trail, February 24, 2017

Okanagan Landing Trail, February 10, 2017

Kidston Road Trail, January 11, 2017

Swan Lake Nature Reserve, November 25, 2016

Middleton Mountain, October 20, 2016

Grey Canal, Bella Vista, August 17, 2016

BX Creek, July 30, 2016

Grey Canal, East Vernon, July 13, 2016

Grey Canal, Coldstream Valley Estates, May 27, 2016

Grey Canal, Swan Lake East, April 27, 2016

Grey Canal, Silver Star Foothills, April 1, 2016

Ribbons of Green Trails Society Commendation Award

Geoff Mulligan is the recipient of the Ribbons of Green Commendation Award. This award is given to an individual, group, organization, institution or business whose actions and achievements have shown significant leadership and contribution towards public, non-motorized trails.

Geoff volunteered his time and expertise to create our online interactive trail map. The map displays all the local hiking trails in the Greater Vernon Area, allowing local residents and tourists to easily view and locate these trails on their smartphone, tablet, or computer.  The map also provides descriptions and photos for each trail. To view the map click here.

Geoff Mulligan receiving award from Harold Sellers, Ribbons of Green Trails Society President

Geoff, a City of Vernon employee in the Planning Department, states:

I really do appreciate this recognition from the Ribbons of Green. Our family has always been heavy users of trail systems so it's great to be able to contribute in some small way to the excellent work the Ribbons of Green is doing.

I'm really excited to see the interactive trail map is gaining more and more traction and I'd encourage everyone to get out and explore those trails they've never been on before.There are so many great trails in and around Vernon, each of them so different!”

Interpretive Signs at summit of Middleton Mountain

Three 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:

Scavenger Hunt Middleton Mountain2.docx

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

Middleton Mountain Trails & Park brochure 

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 Trails 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.

For a brochure of Middleton Mountain trails, parks information, maps, and parking; click on the link below:

Middleton Mountain Trails & Park brochure 

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