Friends Of The South Slopes Society
A team of passionate volunteers
The Friends Of The South Slopes Society is a group of people who care deeply about the natural environment around Kelowna's South Slopes.
In November 1997, a few people interested in the orderly management of the Crown Lands of the “South Slopes” met to develop a plan for recreational use and environmental preservation of the South Slopes. The South Slopes encompass the area between Myra Canyon and the eastern edge of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. It was decided to resurrect the “Friends of the South Slopes Society” and continue the new mandate under that name. FOSS is still focused on recreation and environmental preservation.
In 2004, FOSS signed their first Volunteer Group Agreement with BC Parks. That volunteer agreement has morphed into a Park Use Permit and then a Partnership agreement. This strong partnership with BC Parks has allowed FOSS to become an effective, forward-thinking volunteer organization that works towards making the South Slopes a premier recreation destination.
In 2022, the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society’s responsibilities were turned over to FOSS. The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) trail is now part of FOSS’s mandate on the South Slopes. The historic trestles draw visitors from around the globe and contributes to FOSS’ work to provide a diverse recreation experience and connectivity across the South Slopes.
FOSS continues to maintain trails across the South Slopes including Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park and Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. FOSS also continues to collaborate with other stakeholders and government ministries to secure access and land acquisitions to contribute to the overall trail connectivity of the South Slopes.