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