Sizeable donation from MEC brings Okanagan Rail Trail very close to fundraising goal

Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC) has only been in the Okanagan for two years, but it’s already making a positive impact on the community.

The popular outdoors store has made a $45,000 donation to the Okanagan Rail Trail, which brings the trail to within $100,000 of its $7.8 million fundraising goal.

Although it pales in comparison to the recently announced $1.45 million donation from the estate of Harry Weatherill, it’s still a significant contribution to the cause.

A representative from MEC says the “investment is in line with MEC’s mission of enabling and inspiring everyone to get outside, enjoy the outdoors and get active.”

It’s predicted that the trail will see 600,000 people use it annually in the five years, acting as a bridge between Kalamalka and Wood Lake.

It will allow people to explore recreational and cultural points of interest while providing access to at least 22 parks that are within 500 metres of the trail.

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