Posted on Jun 22, 2020
A recent article by J. P. Squire, in the Kelowna Daily Courier, recognized the efforts of local volunteers from WALC (Walk Around Lake Country) and Lake Country Rotary in creating an expansive trail system on Spion Kop.
 
 
Spion Kop occupies a massive 350-hectare ridge located between Okanagan Lake and Wood Lake.  There are now more than 17 kilometers of trails, varying from easy to difficult, with a possible 485-metre elevation gain to the summit.
 
Spion Kop is Dutch for ‘spy hill’ or “lookout hill” and it resembles the original Spion Kop hill in South Africa near the city of Emnambithi-Ladysmith. It was likely named by Boer War veteran and Okanagan settler, Leslie Caesar.
 
Spion Kop is unusual because it has an outstanding trail system with absolutely the best trail map, signs, colour-coded markers and flags of any Okanagan trail. Thanks go to volunteers with Walk Around Lake Country (WALC).
 
WALC designed and printed trailhead maps. In partnership with Lake Country Rotarians and the municipality, signs were installed at all four trailheads.
 
According to WALC President, Dev Fraser, “WALC members continue to do regular trail scouting and have been assisted from time to time by other community groups, including Lake Country Rotary and students from George Elliot Secondary School. Many regular users, including families with children, help maintain the trails, remove invasive weeds and do garbage pick-up,” said Fraser.
 
Lake Country Rotarians enjoy supporting WALC through funding and sweat equity along with support from the District of Lake Country.
 
A big kudos to WALC volunteers for their ongoing work in our community. The Spion Kop trail system is first class.
Photo Credit:  Leanne Spanza