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WW2 Mortar Shell Forces Closure of Kalamalka Lake Park Trail

UPDATE February 9, 2024: The suspected military ordnance has reportedly been safely removed from Kalamalka Provincial Park

Original Story:

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park Trail Closed after discovery of a potential unexploded mortar shell discovered

Kal Park Mortar unexploded military Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
RCMP Photo

The Sidewinder Trail in Kalamalka Lake Park has been temporarily closed after crews clearing brush and other potential wildfire fuel sources came across what is likely an unexploded mortar shell just off the trail early Thursday morning (February 8. 2024).

The trail is closed until the device can be safely dealt with.


“The area historically had been a training area for the military and used as a firing range for mortars and other ordnance,”


Const. Chris Terleski, media relations officer for the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP.



Kal Park Mortar unexploded military Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
A Sign In Kalamalka Provincial Park Warns Hikers Of Parks Military History

The area was used for war games by the Vernon Military camp by WW2 soldiers training to head overseas.



This is not the first time such a device has been discovered in Kalamalka Park.


Most events end safely but that's not always the case.




The Vancouver Sun recounted the story of a group of Boy Scouts who came across an unexploded military ordinance in 1963 with fatal and life-changing consequences.


Several Previously Reported Discoveries:




Kal Park Mortar unexploded military Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
Sidewinder Trail Closed Temporarily


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