Vernon’s George Galbraith donates $375,000 for the Okanagan Rail Trail to Leanne Hammond, with the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan. (Richard Rolke/Morning Star)

Rail trail donation wrapped up

George Galbraith’s vision has remained on track.

The Vernon philanthropist has officially wrapped up his support of the Okanagan Rail Trail by donating $375,000.

“There are certain causes that speak to you,” he said.

Galbraith, who brought cable TV to the valley, contributed $150,000 in honour of his parents and grandparents, and then he agreed to provide an additional $225,000 if it was matched by the public. That match was successful, for a total of $450,000.

The Okanagan Rail Trail Initiative is raising $7.8 million to develop the trail from Coldstream to Kelowna.

“That kind of valuable real estate won’t be available again,” said Galbraith, who says the corridor will create significant economic opportunities by attracting tourists to the Okanagan.

“To ride from Coldstream past Kalamalka, Wood and Duck lakes, there’s not that many places in the world so beautiful and easy to ride,” he said.

“It will be available for kids, grandparents and everyone who comes along.”

Through his own donation and the matching dollars from the community, Galbraith is responsible for an infusion of $600,000.

“He’s our donor who always comes through. He has a big heart and knows how to encourage the community to get on board,” said Leanne Hammond, with the Community Foundation of North Okanagan, which is processing donations along with the Central Okanagan Community Foundation.

About $2.8 million is still needed to reach the $7.8 million goal.

Just Posted

Pets sit in Santa’s lap

Kelowna - The Okanagan Small Dog Rescue Society held a pet photo opt today

Your weekend highlights

Each week, the Capital News will highlight stories from the week

Comedian/magician visiting Lake Country

Wes Barker is performing at Creekside Theatre, Nov. 25

Good Natured Books celebrates first book launch in Kelowna

David Allen, the author of A Song for Swinging, is signing books at Wentworth Music today

Road closures in effect

Kelowna - The Old Vernon, Rutland and Acland Road intersection will close Nov. 20

Craft fair offers a taste of French culture

Kelowna - The Christmas Flair with a French Flair featured French goodies

Lights to turn blue ahead of funeral for fallen Abbotsford police officer

Buildings across B.C. are going blue Saturday night in honour of Const. John Davidson

Ride-share pioneer drives up quietly

Lyft approaches B.C. without Uber bombast

Massive monster truck tour held in Kelowna

Traxxas Monster Truck Tour will be here in January, 2018

Boomer radio expands

Kelowna resident Allen Holender continues to expand his network

VIDEO: Rare comic showing Superman’s 1st appearance to be auctioned

The 1938 comic features Superman hoisting a car over his head

Pine beetles from Jasper National Park moving into commercial forest

In 2014, beetle activity went from a few spots around Jasper’s townsite to rampant

VIDEO: Tragically Hip members, Alex Trebek receive Order of Canada

Newest recipients join 6,897 Canadians such as Christine Sinclair, Graham Greene and Mark Messier

AC/DC’s Malcolm Young dies at 64

‘Malcolm was a songwriter, guitarist, performer, producer and visionary who inspired many.’

Most Read