Gellatly Road Upgrades

Lakeside Treasure
Funding Partners
Thanks to the Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia for providing assistance under the Gas Tax Community Works and Regionally Significant Funds.
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Treasured Destination
Gellatly Bay is one of the Okanagan’s most treasured destinations, valued for its natural beauty and recreational and environmental attributes.

Situated along the central west shores of Okanagan Lake, Gellatly Bay draws residents and visitors wanting to:
  • Swim at Willow Beach
  • Fish from CNR wharf and jump from an adjacent platform
  • Stroll or jog along the lakeside recreational trail
  • View the fall Kokanee Salmon run in Powers Creek
  • Photograph the stunning vistas or the bald eagles, herons and osprey that soar above
  • Play at the numerous parks that line the corridor
  • Cycle along the ever expanding waterfront bike lanes
Road Improvements
Improvements to the bay-side Gellatly Road, the parallel cycling lanes and the lakeshore trail have been established among City of West Kelowna Council’s top priorities because of the corridor’s tremendous economic, environmental, tourism, and transportation benefits. Since 2010, West Kelowna Council has partnered in funding more than $5 million in upgrades to the area, over 3 phases, with the aim of modernizing and enhancing this multiuse corridor.

Special Thanks
The City of West Kelowna thanks the Government of Canada, the Province of British Columbia and the Union of BC Municipalities for providing $1.05 million in contributions through the Gas Tax Community Works and Regionally Significant Funds to assist in the costs of constructing walking trails and cycling lanes in Phases 2 and 3 and transit stations in Phase 3.

The City of West Kelowna would also like to the thank the Gellatly Trails and Parks Society for providing $20,000 toward Phase 1 trail improvements, and the development community for more than $1.5 million in cost charge contributions toward road upgrades. The City of West Kelowna would also like to thank the Government of Canada for contributing $170,000 under the Recreation Infrastructure Canada program and the Province of British Columbia for providing $180,000 under the LocalMotion program toward Phase 1 trail and cycling lane additions.

Phase 4
On December 10, 2013, council was presented with conceptual plans for the Gellatly Road Upgrade - Phase 4. The total estimated project cost would be $5.35 million if phased or $4.95 million if not phased.

On January 28, 2014, council approved the 2014 Strategic Priorities, which directed staff to proceed with the completion of detailed designs and to bring forward a plan to consider future phasing of construction.  

Design is still underway and Gellatly Phase 4 is proposed to be constructed in the year 2020.  This will coincide with Phase 2 of the CNR Wharf Expansion Project in the 10-year Capital Budget.


Phases Constructed 2010 - 2013
Phase 3
On March 12, 2013, council awarded the construction contract for the Gellatly Road Upgrade Phase 3 project to R&L Excavating Ltd for $3.15 million:
Gellatly Road and Trail Phase 3 - CWK Image
The project was completed in August 8, 2013 and an official grand opening was held on August 14, 2013.
Phase 2
On September 20, 2011, council awarded the $538,779.48 construction contract to Sierra Landscaping Ltd. The total cost of the project was $825,000 including design, utility pole relocation costs, materials testing, inspections and contingencies.
Phase 2, Powers Creek Bridge - CWK Image
On October 3, 2011, construction began on Phase 2 of the Gellatly Road and Gellatly Bay Recreational Corridor Upgrades. The project was completed in late November 2011, with the exception of a new bridge over Powers Creek. Bridge construction was postponed to 2012 in keeping with Ministry of Environment regulations that permit construction only at times when impact to Kokanee salmon migration is nonexistent.
Government Help
The City of West Kelowna was pleased to partner with Governments of Canada and British Columbia and the Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society to complete the multi-modal pathway and bike lanes, between the cove and Powers Creek Bridge as part of the project.

The Canadian Government provided assistance of $163,000 through the Recreation Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program. The BC government provided $170,000 through the LocalMotion program. The Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society donated $20,000 to the project.
Phase 1, Gellatly Recreational Corridor - CWK Image
Government Help
The City of West Kelowna was pleased to partner with Governments of Canada and British Columbia and the Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society to complete the multi-modal pathway and bike lanes, between the cove and Powers Creek Bridge as part of the project.

The Canadian Government provided assistance of $163,000 through the Recreation Infrastructure Canada (RInC) program. The BC government provided $170,000 through the LocalMotion program. The Gellatly Bay Trails and Parks Society donated $20,000 to the project.