Creating and planting an interpretive trail is a multi year project that started this year – August 2018. It will focus on culturally important native plants, with their traditional uses explained on trail signs and a wide variety of indigenous trees, shrubs and riparian plantings. The trail is currently groomed for foot traffic and the goal is to design and engineer a boardwalk and discreet viewing platform that will make the interpretive trail and wetland area wheelchair accessible.
Bonnie Thomas is sharing the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of her mother, revered Secwepemc elder Dr. Mary Thomas, in the creation of interpretive signs that will identify native plants, trees and shrubs along the trail and in the wetland area. The signs will have a scannable QR code that links to a webpage with detailed information on each plant. Samples of the native plant informational pages can be seen at the Mary Thomas Heritage centre website in Salmon Arm, BC.
Additional signs will showcase the wetland development and the historical significance of this location. The Society is researching the potential that this area of Spallumcheen is the site of an ancient battleground where the warring Secwepemc and Okanagan Nations’ Territories overlapped.
The interpretive trail will be open to the public in spring 2019.