Penticton Creek. (Western News file photo)

Penticton Creek. (Western News file photo)

Guided walking tours of Penticton Creek set for next week

Tours are available as the next phase of the restoration project gets underway

People hoping to get a close-up look at the Penticton Creek while it gets restored are invited to join in on a free guided walking tour next week.

As construction of the next phase of the Penticton Creek Master Plan gets underway, the city is offering anyone interested a chance to learn more about all the work that has gone into the project up until this point.

“The Penticton Creek Master Plan was created in 2018 and many residents may not be familiar with why this project to restore the creek is so important,” said Ian Chapman, the city’s project manager.

“As part of the tours, we’ll talk about the history of flooding on the creek, why the concrete channel was installed and its impact on fish populations, and the plans to naturalize the creek while preserving flood protection for the downtown.”

The tours — led by Paul Askey from the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC and Penticton’s Ellis Creek Committee — are scheduled for July 13 at 6 p.m. and July 16 at 11 a.m.

Coinciding with the start of construction on the section of Penticton Creek between Nanaimo Avenue and the intersection of Norton Street and Wade Avenue East, tours are expected to last about an hour and a half.

People interested in attending the free gathering are asked to meet at the kokanee statue on Backstreet Boulevard.

READ MORE: Penticton’s Nanaimo Avenue Bridge being removed this week



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