History Of The Graystokes Area
The Graystokes has been a favorite riding area for Okanagan
snowmobilers since the inception of the snowmobile in the early 60s. With it’s myriad of meadows, lakes, and finely groomed trails, the area has become synonymous with great family riding.
Snowmobiling became popular in the Graystokes in the mid 60s. In 1968 the Kelowna Snowmobile Club was incorporated. Lemmon, Homing, Spall, Chapman and Graf were among notable names in Kelowna that formed the original board of directors. The club founders set a direction that would promote the sport of snowmobiling by teaching safety, stewardship and a code of conduct. As a result, snowmobiling has become the predominant activity during the winter in the Graystokes.
In the early years, an outing that got you successfully to the Main
Chalet (the start of the Graystokes and the Thompson Plateau)
would have been a good days ride. Today, a good days ride might
just take you to Big White Ski Resort for a nice lunch, perhaps into the Galloping Hills in the Christian Valley or simply touring your favorite loop and meeting new friends during lunch at one of the chalets.
In the 70s, a good portion of the high plateau area from Buck Hills to Moore Mountain was given recreation area status. In 2000, the area became a BC Parks Protected Area under the BC Parks Act. The Graystokes Riding Area is also home to the first Snowmobile Trail Agreement that allows management of snowmobile trails by snowmobilers in BC Parks. The Kelowna Snowmobile Club and the BC Snowmobile Federation are signed the agreement that allows us to maintain access to the area we call home.
History Of The Idabel/Myra Area
The Historic Kettle Valley Railway opened up the first real access to this great resort lakes area in the early 1900s. When Andrew McCulloch built his railway from the Lower Mainland of BC to the East Kootenays it is unlikely that he would have imagined that today his rail bed would be a part of a national trail system. The Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a key part of the Kelowna Snowmobile Club’s trail system and a part of Trans Canada Trail.
Mining exploration in the 40s, 50s and 60s opened access to areas like Little White Mountain. The BC Forest industry has harvested timber in the Highlands for the last half of the 1900s and built hundreds of kilometres of backcountry roads. The resource roads created by industrial activity have created an intricate network of trails that snowmobilers use today.
In 2008 the Kelowna Snowmobile Club finalized an agreement with the Recreations Sites and Trails Branch of the BC Government to manage over 300 kilometres of trail in the Idabel Area. Today you can traverse the KVR route f~om Beaverdel to Chute Lake by snowmobile. Travel over Little White Mountain’s high alpine or enjoy the groomed trails on any of great routes within the Idabel / Myra riding area. The area has a wide variety of riding for all types of riders.