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Popular North Okanagan trail could soon allow dogs

Staff are recommending the RDNO board to allow dogs on BX Creek Trail between Star and Tillicum roads
Regional District of North Okanagan staff are recommending that dogs be allowed on-leash on the BX Creek Trail between Star and Tillicum Roads. The RDNO board will decide on the matter Wednesday, June 21, 2023. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

People may soon be able to bring their dogs on a section of a popular North Okanagan trail.

Regional District of North Okanagan (RDNO) staff are recommending that the board allow dogs on-leash on the BX Creek Trail between Tillicum and Star roads.

The trail was designated as a no-dogs-allowed space when it was originally constructed and has remained that way to this day.

A report to the board notes the BX Creek Trail is currently the only section of trail within the Greater Vernon Trails and Natural Spaces Service that doesn’t allow dogs, other than trails located within a nature reserve.

“The current use by members of the public and their dogs would indicate that there is a strong public demand for this trail to be designated dogs on-leash,” the report states.

Staff indicate that there are no legal obstacles that would get in the way of changing the trail’s designation to allow dogs. In this case, changing the trail’s designation would simply require a change of trailhead signage, as no amendment to the dog control bylaw would be required.

The change to a dog-on-leash designation would have no impact on the current operating budget and would reduce the current demand on RDNO Dog Control, the report notes.

The RDNO board of directors will review the report at its meeting today, June 21.

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I started as a carrier at the age of 8. In 2019 graduated from the Master of Journalism program at Carleton University.
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