New law for Okanagan region
Motorized vehicles except snowmobiles prohibited in sensitive Okanagan region as of July 1
Once the Okanagan Alpine Motor Vehicle Prohibition kicks in, dirt bikes, trucks and other off-road vehicles will not be allowed above 1,700 metres except on existing roads and trails. Snowmobiles are excluded from the regulation.
The regulation protects 11 per cent or 3,265 square kilometres of the Okanagan’s alpine areas not already covered by other regulations. Localized elevation-based motor vehicle prohibitions are currently in place in portions of the Thompson, Kootenay, Cariboo, Skeena, Omineca, and Peace regions and have proven to be effective in protecting sensitive alpine ecosystems.
The regulation can be viewed online through the 2012-2014 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis.
Click here to see a map of the newly protected alpine areas.