Grey Canal Trail Topo Map

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The Grey Canal system was engineered to supply the benchlands surrounding Vernon with much-needed water at these high elevations. Although water was plentiful in the lower districts, the benchlands were dry for much of the growing season, and if fruit farming was to flourish here, it would need a continuous flow of precious water. The massive project was begun in 1905, and $423,000 later it was completed in 1914. Not only was the endless supply of water from highland lakes used for fruit farming, there was demand from ranchers as well. The highly successful canal was used until it was shut down in 1970 as more modern methods of irrigation came into use. The canal trail is segmented, as only portions of it have been retained as hiking/biking trails. The section detailed in this chapter is a 10 k m partial loop, with the trailhead at the northernmost point of the Grey Canal Trail system at Glenhayes Rd. It crosses McLennan Rd. and Rugg Rd. along its path.

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