Peachland Pier Project
Who will the owner of this pier? The District of Peachland will own the pier after its construction. It will be a $400-500,000 amenity created as a gift to the community by the Peachland Pier Group and other project funders.
Who will be responsible for the long-term maintenance of the pier? As with all municipal owned infrastructure, the maintenance will be the responsibility of the District of Peachland. Such costs are expected minimal, less than $2,000 annually.
Why another pier? There is presently no pier in Peachland, or elsewhere on the Okanagan, specifically designed for fishing and wheelchair accessibility.
Is there a demonstrated need for the pier? Who will be the beneficiaries? Each year, people confined to wheelchairs or with other challenges, from Peachland and the surrounding region, come to Peachland have the experience of fishing, as part of a program called Fishing Forever. The program has contributed to the reputation of Peachland as a community that welcomes people of varying abilities. Moreover, the project is intended to incorporate interpretive stations that will convey the heritage of Okanagan Lake, and the people that have lived here, from thousands of years ago to the present. This will provide a unique educational experience for everyone that visits the pier. Everyone will also have the benefit the unique views of the lake, and new opportunities for walking, strolling, and jogging along the pier.
Why is the pier to be located at this place? If located elsewhere, the pier would conflict with beach recreation and access.
What kinds of fish are caught in Okanagan Lake? A number of species are caught in the lake, including kokanee, lake whitefish, burbot and rainbow trout. The latter sometimes exceed 20 pounds.
When is the fishing season? Various fish have different seasonal habits, of course, but unless the lake is frozen, which happens infrequently, people could fish from the pier year-round. Naturally, most people prefer to fish in the warmer weather.
Won’t the pier change the view of the lake? Yes and no. From certain vantages, especially within the adjacent Heritage Park, the view of the lake will include the pier. However, because the access ramps to the pier slope down, the pier will have a low profile from the shore. The pier will also provide dramatic new views of the lake not presently available, except from a boat.
Will the pier interfere with people’s enjoyment of Heritage Park, or activities that take place there, such as the Farmers and Crafters Market? We believe that the pier will only enhance the enjoyment of the park, and provide a wider range of activities to people who visit. It will not interfere with the Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market vendors – in fact, it should give visitors an incentive to stay longer when they visit, which should help increase visitation and sales.
What is the environmental impact of this pier? The pier and its materials have been thoroughly reviewed and approved by the appropriate agencies. No treated wood is planned for use in its construction.
Isn’t this a riparian area? Won’t the pier interfere with fish reproduction?The natural riparian environment in this place has long since disappeared, replaced with fill and riprap. As part of the environmental review process, it was determined that the pier will have no adverse impact on fish reproduction.
Who's building it?
Peachland Sportsmen's Association
District of Peachland
Project Manager John Abernethy
District Project Manager Cheryl Wiebe
Lions Contact Eldon Kerbes 250-767-0330
Rotary Contact Chris Boyle 250 -767-2751
Sportsmen’s Contact Al Springer 250-767-2287
Project Engineering “contracted”
Carl Miller, P.Eng.
CWMM Consulting Engineers Ltd.
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