Whiteway plans moving forward

There's still time to buy a portion of the White Way trail.

  • Nov. 29, 2011 7:00 p.m.

There’s still time to buy a portion of the White Way trail, as the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce’s Invermere Business Committee gears up for a world-record challenging expansion of the Lake Windermere skating trail.

While donors can contribute to the approximately $30,000 project through the Chamber or the District of Invermere office (for tax deductible contributions), those looking to buy just a few metres can now help out by purchasing Whiteway ownership certificates. Each metre of the trail is $2.

“They make awesome stocking stuffers,” says committee chair Justin Atterbury, who is selling the certificates at the Rocky River Grill.

The certificates can also be picked up at: Dairy Queen, The Monkeys Uncle, Be Gifted, Candyland, The Book Bar, Artym Gallery and the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce.

The committee is also in talks with the Columbia Basin Trust to secure some ongoing funding for the project, which Atterbury says is getting a positive response.

“They like that it’s a job creation project and it’s tourism, and it also promotes healthy living because it’s all connected to outdoor activities on the lake,” he says.

Two Canadian cities currently holding world records for outdoor skating rinks will also be put on notice in the coming weeks. A letter from mayor Gerry Taft is going out to Ottawa (largest outdoor skating rink) and Winnipeg (longest outdoor skating rink).