High water levels in Okanagan Lake and wave action has prompted the City of West Kelowna to issue a warning for users of the Gellatly Bay pathway.—Image credit: Google Maps

Warning issued of users of Gellatly Bay pathway

The popular lakeshore walkway in West Kelowna has sustained some damage from rising lake waters.

Due to high water levels and wave action, the City of West Kelowna is advising users of the Gellatly Walkway to be extremely careful along the section of lakeside pathway between the former CNR Wharf, sometimes referred to as the “old ferry dock”, and Willow Beach.

City staff said Friday they have consulted with an engineer regarding high water and wave action, which are eroding sections of the pathway. Staff have been advised that the pathway can remain open for now, provided the areas impacted by waves and high water are clearly marked as off limits.

The public is asked to obey signs in the area and to stay clear of all marked hazard areas.

Use caution on the observation decks along the path as waves may lap up causing them to be slippery.

The City of West Kelowna also advises the public that if lake waters continue to rise substantially and wave action continues to erode the path, the section of walkway may need to be closed at a moment’s notice.