NELSON AREA TRAILS SOCIETY (N.A.T.S)
. . . Recycling Our Routes . . .
The Nelson Area Trails Society (NATS) was formed in January of 1998 in response to a public interest in acquiring recreational trails in and around the area of Nelson. NATS has played a central role in the creation of the Ward's Ferry Trail and the Nelson Salmo Great Northern Trail. Our focus is now moving towards the stewardship of these trails and other trails in the Nelson area.
Recent News (Updated Jan. 22, 2008)
Nelson Area Trails Society Annual General MeetingThe Nelson Area Trails Society would like to welcome everyone to find out more about Recreation Trails Planning in the Kootenay Boundary District at the NATS AGM. As well as a presentation by Dan Reibin of the Ministry of Tourism, Sport and the Arts, there will be discussion of the Great Northern Trail Open Houses and the Ward's Ferry Trail.
New Trail Brochure Published
NATS has received funding from the RDCK to print another batch of map brochures featuring the trails in the Nelson Area. They are free for tourists and residents. If you purchase a membership we will send one to you.The map of the Nelson Area can also be found by clicking here (756KB).
November 2004 Newsletter
May 2005 Newsletter
November 2005 Newsletter
March 2006 NewsAugust 2006 News
NATS MEMBERSHIP 2008
All members will receive regular updates of NATS activities, an invitation to the NATS annual general meeting, and will have voting privileges.
go to this
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For more information, please email us.
For its initial goal, NATS undertook the project of securing the Burlington Northern Sante Fe Rail corridor from Salmo through Nelson to Troup Junction. This section of rail line was undergoing the "abandonment process". With its relatively low grades, this railway corridor offers exciting potential for "multi-use" trail development. With its historic trestles and spectacular scenery, the trail offers this region access to a rapidly expanding nature tourism market, as well as providing a recreational legacy for generations to come. (NATS Proposal to Columbia Basin Trust)
On Feb.21, 2004, the Regional District of Central Kootenay passed 9 resolutions regarding the "Burlington Northern Santa Fe Recreation Trail Management Plan". NATS intends to supply input to the RDCK and pursue stewardship of the non-motorized section of the trail from Troup Junction to Hall Siding. The Trail was mentioned numerous times in the RDCK meeting minutes from May 15, 2004.
A Few Facts About the BNSF Railway
The Burlington Northern Sante Fe Rail Line between Salmo and Troup Junction was built as the Nelson and Fort Sheppard Railway by the American railway developer, Daniel Corbin in 1893. Apart from providing access to the mining towns of the Kootenays, this rail line ferried passengers between Spokane and Nelson. By the 1940s passenger service was withdrawn and the rail line mostly carried wood products for the rest of its active service up until 1989. A good summary of the railway's history is available at: Vanishing B.C. (Railway station at Salmo). A more detailed history is at: King Coal (Kootenay Smelters).
However traffic continues on the rail line in the form of wildlife. For half of its length this rail corridor parallels the Salmo River, presenting views of secluded canyons and an "unmanaged" Black Cottonwood riparian area. This area boasts populations of elk, moose, deer, grizzly, black bear, cougar, coyote, and beaver as well as a wide assortment of bird species.
The highest elevation on this rail corridor measures 900 meters at Apex. Yet the grade is almost imperceptible - descending at an average of 2.5% from Apex to Troup Junction. The northern sections of this rail corridor are dotted with several spectacular trestle bridges. For the many people who have ventured along this corridor the value of "recycling this route" as a trail is unquestionable.
The corridor is set to become a part of the Trans Canada Trail, and the Regional District of Central Kootenay is now managing it as the Great Northern Trail, with this logo and pictures from their web site:
Our Thanks, for being our local web host
members.shaw.ca/dog_house1/salmobnr.html Adventures from the Doghouse
www.twoatlarge.com/ralph/rplaces/canada/cottonwood.html Pictures from July, 1997
www.csc.uvic.ca/~msanseve/bike2002/kootenay/day34.html Mary Sanseverino's Biking in BC
www.kics.bc.ca/internet/nelsonlist/archive/?2408 David Beringer's BN Trail meeting report
www.crowsnest-highway.ca/cgi-bin/citypage.pl?city=NELSON City of Nelson info and history
Nelson Area Calendars of Events and Announcements
https://secure.bluemandala.com/express-secure/calendar.html Free 15 word newspaper listings
www.kootenays-bc.com/Events/ Travel portal for Bearcave Web Services
www.discovernelson.com/calendar/events.php From the Nelson & District Chamber of Commerce
http://ilovenelson.com/events-calendar/ Nelson's Community Website
www.pennywiseads.com Award-winning weekly shopper