Visitors to Ellison Provincial Park in Vernon have a new trail and campground improvements to enjoy.
A new three-kilometre trail has been created in the park for hikers and mountain bikers to explore. The trail is called the Loopy Campers Trail and is a beginner trail connecting the campground to the upper parking lot. The downhill portion of the trail is now open and the uphill section is expected to open in mid-July.
There are also 30 new parking spaces and a bike pump track that have been added to the upper parking lot.
Several upgrades to the campground have been made in recent years, including accessible campsite furniture, new fire rings, water-line improvements, repaved road and accessible furniture at the beach.
The upgrades at Ellison Park cost about $635,000.
“Ellison Provincial Park is one of B.C.’s natural treasures. We know people care deeply about provincial parks and want them stewarded effectively,” said Environment Minister George Heyman.
Located along Okanagan Lake, Ellison Provincial Park spans 220 hectares of forested bench lands above a rocky shoreline of scenic headlands and sheltered coves. It’s a popular destination for those who enjoy hiking, climbing, swimming, camping, boating and fishing.
“Too often, people miss out on spending time outdoors due to challenges to accessibility and availability,” said Harwinder Sandhu, MLA for Vernon-Monashee. “Ellison Provincial Park is a favourite in Vernon-Monashee for campers, mountain bikers, hikers, beach-goers, and families, including my own.”