Our 2017 Share the Trails Workshop will take place

May 12 + 13, 2017

Penticton Trade and Convention Centre
273 Power Street
Penticton, BC V2A 7K9
For more information contact [email protected]

Hosted by Horse Council BC in cooperation with the Outdoor Recreation Council (ORC), this forum meets the strategic goals of HCBC by building partnerships and improving government relations with the equine industry. It continues the dialogue started in 2011 during the BC Equestrian Trails Roundtable held in Kelowna, where there was a focus on building bridges between outdoor recreation groups with shared interests and learning how to represent the interests of the outdoor recreation community to government, industry and to the public. At each workshop, there has been a clear message that in order to be able to work collaboratively with all orders of government, First Nations, and private land owners, all trail user groups must work together when advocating for new trails or improvements to existing trails.



The purpose of this workshop is to bring together diverse users of rail trails in the South Okanagan to share their needs, learn about the views of other users, and explore options for more effective use of these trails.

Through presentations, small group discussions, and whole group discussion, participants of this workshop will:

  • Hear from various rail trail user groups and managers,
  • Work to identify areas of shared interest and areas of difference,
  • Explore opportunities for ongoing collaboration to address the challenges facing rail trail users in Southern, BC.

Presenters will include:

  • Horse Council BC, TBA
  • Justin Shuttleworth, Regional District Okanagan Sillikomen
  • Glenn Mandziuk, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association
  • Ciel Sander, Trails BC
  • Tennessee Trent, Recreation Sites and Trails BC

The workshop will begin at 8:30am and end at 4:00pm.


We are delighted to include an outdoor program on Saturday following the Friday workshop.  Andrew Drouin, President of the South Okanagan Trail Alliance will host a bicycle ride along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.

Route: The route begins at the Poplar Grove parking lot, a designated parking area for those exploring the KVR.  Located 5.5 KM’s Northeast of downtown Pentiction. From here we will ride the resurfaced KVR rail trail to the Little Tunnel, a distance of 12KM.

At a very moderate pace, riders can make this distance in about 45 minutes.  This route offers photographic panoramas overseeing Okanagan Lake and the surrounding valley.

Difficulty rating/slope grade:  Easy.  Surface grade is an average of 2.5%

Trail condition: The trail surface is compacted.  It was rebuilt a few years ago and the surface consistency is excellent.

Total trip duration: Approximately 2 – 2.5 hours


To register for the 2017 Share the Trails Workshop, please e-mail [email protected]


Space is limited. Registration is on a “first come, first served” basis. To provide everyone with an equal opportunity to participate in this workshop, we have set a registration limit of maximum 2 registrants per organization. Thank you for your understanding.


Special group rates are available through the Coast Hotel Penticton or Ramada Hotel Penticton.  Please let the reservation desk know that you are attending the Share the Trails Workshop hosted by Horse Council BC and Outdoor Recreation Council or if you are booking online, please use the group rate code available below.

Coast Hotel Penticton
950 Westminister Avenue West
Penticton, BC V2A 1L2
Ph: 250.492.0225
Website: Coast Hotel Penticton

Cost: $130/night
Special Group Rate Code: CPH – GF205

Ramada Hotel Penticton
1050 Eckhardt Ave. West,
Penticton, BC V2A 2C3
Ph: 250-492-8926
Website: Ramada Hotel Penticton

Cost: $125/night
Special Group Rate Code: CGHU17