The Osoyoos Times is a local newspaper based in Osoyoos, British Columbia, Canada, It was founded in 1947 by Stan Stodola, with the motto of the newspaper being "delivering [sic] the community's news since 1947."
Osoyoos is the southern-most town in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia between Penticton and Omak. Near the border with Washington state, the town is also adjacent to the Indian Reserve of the Osoyoos Indian Band. There is one local newspaper, the Osoyoos Times.
The town’s population of 5,085 swells in the summer months with visitors from elsewhere in British Columbia and neighboring Alberta, as well as elsewhere in Canada. Also, a newer contingent of international visitors is supported by proximity to the Kelowna and Penticton Airports. A growing year-round retiree population is evidenced by the predominance in the population of people over 50 years old and with the recent boom of condominium and suburban development (though somewhat thwarted by the 2008–09 economic downturn). Another 1,858 people live around the town within Electoral Area A of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, and 762 more in the Osoyoos 1 Indian Reserve.
Trail gaps are biggest obstacle to cycle tourism
The Okanagan Country, also known as the Okanagan Valley, is a region located in the Canadian province of British Columbia, and the U.S. state of Washington (where it is spelled the Okanogan Country), defined by the basin of Okanagan Lake and the Okanagan River. With an estimated 400,000 residents, the Okanagan Country spans from the Thompson Plateau near Grindrod, British Columbia in the Okanagan to the Okanagan Highland near Douglas County, Washington in the Okanogan. The largest city in the Canadian portion is Kelowna, with a metropolitan population of 194,882 residents as of 2016, while the largest city in the American portion is Omak, with 4,881 residents as of 2011.
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The International Hike and Bike Trail extends about 20 km from the north end of Osoyoos Lake to north of Oliver. But there is no connectivity with the Osoyoos trails in the south and with Okanagan Falls and beyond to the north. Until these gaps are bridged, the potential for cycle tourism is limited, say advocates. The biggest gap is the portion with Vaseux Lake, but environmental concerns have impeded efforts to open an old railway spur to cyclists and hikers. (Richard McGuire photo)
The potential for bicycle tourism in the South Okanagan is enormous, but one big obstacle has prevented this region from succeeding so far – lack of connectivity.
That’s the view of some proponents, such as Don Gemmell, president of a small advocacy group called the Trail of the Okanagans.
Regionally, the biggest gap is around Vaseux Lake, but smaller gaps also discourage the kind of cycle tourism that has become so popular elsewhere.
Bit by bit, Osoyoos has been expanding its network of cycling and hiking trails, most recently paving and adding lighting on the Canal Pathway, a trail extending along the West Bench from Osoyoos Secondary School to north of the airport.
Gemmell returned from a cycling trip in Europe in September that opened his eyes to the tourism potential. There, the vast EuroVelo network when complete will provide 70,000 km of bike and hike routes seamlessly linking towns and villages and crossing international borders. The hugely popular network has fostered a thriving tourism industry catering to both long-distance and local cyclists.
In recent years, he notes, there’s been a major growth in cyclists using E-bikes, bicycles that people pedal like any other, but which have quiet electric motors to assist on steep inclines.
These, he said, have extended the active outdoor “shoulder season of life,” allowing seniors even in their 90s to continue as active cyclists.
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