Recreationalists in the Columbia Valley want every dog to have its day on a new $5 million trail.
The RDEK will be reaching out to certain private land owners along the Westside Legacy Trail that runs adjacent to Highway 93/95 and connects Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs.
Regional District Planning and Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod explains when property owners donated the land they included a stipulation of no horses or dogs allowed on the 25 km paved path.
The Board admitted at their November meeting it was an oversight when the agreement was made.
McLeod notes residents and users are taking objection to the regulation because they want to include their four legged friends on their walks.
Now, the Regional District will be asking the private property owners if they would be open to lifting the ban and allowing dogs on the trail if they are on leash.
There are 14-16 private properties the trail runs through, some of them owned by the same party.
McLeod believes allowing dogs on the trail would only be possible if all the landowners agree to the change because it wouldn’t make sense to have some sections where dogs or prohibited and other sections where they aren’t.
– RDEK Planning and Development Services Manager Andrew McLeod