On behalf of all the nature and beach lovers in the Shuswap, I’d like to give a big thanks to the CSRD for their plan to restore our shoreline. Aside from the reasons already covered, there’s one reason that hasn’t seemed to have been mentioned so far.
For so long, we have been denied access to public lands by those who have unjustly claimed the lakeshore for themselves, either by putting docks and other things on the beach to suggest it’s privately owned – or, in some cases, blatantly putting up barbed wire fences and threatening anyone who even approaches the shoreline by water let alone by road.
It seems logical that opening up miles and miles of crown-owned shoreline will only increase tourist satisfaction of our area.
Land owners across the road can enjoy the beach along with the rest of us, except they should no longer be permitted to exclude others. If this causes resentment, they should take a visit to the town of Peachland and see how managing lake access should be done so all can enjoy what is their right.