Business View Civil and Municipal | Volume 2, Issue 7

157 CIVIL AND MUNICIPAL VOLUME 2, ISSUE 7 In terms of renewable energy, the entire region is on hydroelectric power through BC Hydro. Lumby’s village office is both solar and equipped with two electric vehicle (EV) chargers. Acton shares, “I drive an electric car, and I can charge in Lumby, Kelowna, and Vernon. We’re looking at installing a few more chargers. It’s becoming something people in the Okanagan are thinking a great deal about.” Residents of the RD take environmentalism seriously, since they enjoy a lot of time outdoors. In addition to mountain climbing and swimming, there’s an impressive system of connected trails for hiking and biking. One of the most treasured is the Okanagan Rail Trail. The provincial and federal governments, RDs, and several other partners purchase abandoned railway lines and convert them into nature trails. Acton says the trails are even more popular than anticipated. In February 2021, it was announced that the RDNO received funding for a new trail that will connect the Kal/Crystal Waters Trail to Bailey Road, providing safe crossing under Highway 97. Gregerson admits “Throughout the pandemic, people expressed how going to our trails helped keep them sane when they weren’t allowed to go nearly anywhere else. Just being able to get out in nature and clear your head with fresh air… it’s been really helpful.” Acton agrees, adding, “The Okanagan, especially the Regional District of North Okanagan, is getting well known for cycling, walking, sightseeing, and lots of outdoor activities. It’s just one of the many great things about our home.” REGIONAL DI STR I CT OF NORTH OKANAGAN, BR I T I SH COLUMB I A Courtesy of Ashley Gregerson Courtesy of Steve Austin Courtesy of Bob Fleming