Nelson Area Trails Society

Bringing the Trans-Canada Trail to the Nelson Area

NATS November 2004 Newsletter

What's Been Happening to the Rail Trail from Salmo to Troup

Since our last update in April (available at nats.kics.bc.ca/natsnews.htm), the RDCK has only implemented a few of their BNSF recreation trail resolutions passed in February, although they have been working in the background to support Tourism BC's Rails to Trails project. The only work on the trail performed this year has been the construction of a beaver dam that has flooded the trail at Apex, as shown on our web page. As owners of the trail, the Ministry of Transportation has recently placed bigger signs warning of the danger of the unsupported large trestle between Mountain Station and Selous Creek. The MoT has also received bids for repairs and the addition of decking and railings to the 3 big trestles between Svoboda Road and Troup Junction, but these bids are being cancelled because the cost of the lumber was over budget. Tourism BC will now be looking at buying the lumber for all of the trestles on the trail, and then having just the repair work bid on. The original tender documentation is on the MoT's web site, and includes links to the environmental assessment document for this rails to trails project. This report was required by the federal government because of their Softwood Industry Community Economic Adjustment Initiative (SICEAI) funding, and was originally prepared by Westland Resource Group for Tourism BC. NATS is featured in the report as the lead stewardship group once Tourism BC upgrading has been completed. The report was revised by Public Works Canada, and provides a very good summary of the Salmo-Troup Rail Trail's status and future.

NATS AGM 2004

Please Attend!
The Nelson and Area Trails Society is hosting a meeting on TUES., NOV. 30 AT 7:00PM in room 118 of Selkirk College's Rosemont Campus. Although this is the AGM for the Society (business will be short), our feature speaker is Blair Baldwin from Tourism BC.  Blair will show a Powerpoint presentation on the Spirit of 2010 Rails to Trails network. (www.spiritof2010trail.ca) Blair is from Kelowna and is the co-ordinator for this Tourism BC initiative. As you may recall from several full page newspaper ads, the Feds, Province, and RDCK are putting $4.2 million into the upgrading of four Rails to Trails projects across the province.  As well, Blair will be here to answer questions and update us as to what is happening on the Salmo-Troup portion of this trail network.  Hope all that are interested in the development of hiking /biking trails in the Nelson area will be able to attend this meeting. See you there.

New members are welcome, and existing members are encouraged to renew. Forms are available at www.nats.kics.bc.ca/membership.htm.

Also Note:
The Nelson Cycling Club is having their AGM on Thursday, November 25, at 7:00pm in the Heritage Inn. This club is very active upgrading Nelson's famous mountain bike trails, and has placed a large new sign featuring a map and trail etiquette at Mountain Station.
NATS and NCC share many common interests with regard to the Salmo-Troup trail. For further information contact Pat Wray at 352-5335.

Ward's Ferry Trail Opening Hike

On June 12, 2004, NATS arranged for hikers to share vehicles so that one group could hike from Glade, and meet another group that parked at Rover Creek Forest Road, then exchange keys half-way. More than 40 people had lunch together near the Slocan Pool on the south side of the Kootenay River. After completing the one way hike, the groups met at the Dam Inn for refreshments. Pictures of the trail's grand opening and a trail map can found on NATS' web site at nats.kics.bc.ca/wardsferry.htm. Note that the Ward's Ferry Trail connects with the 14km Skattebo Reach Trail from Glade to Brilliant, which is described here: www.friendsoftrails.org/trails/skattebo/.

Slocan Valley Rail Trail

The Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society was formed in 1994 to promote the development of the abandoned Slocan Valley CPR spur as a non-motorized recreational trail from Playmor Junction to the Village of Slocan. This trail is also a part of the Spirit of 2010 Trail Network, and the SVHTS has entered into a 10 year stewardship agreement with Tourism BC for the trail's management and maintenance. Tourism BC has arranged funding of $545,000 for Wildland Consulting to contract the decking or building of three bridges, as well as brushing, ditching, and culvert installation. More details can be found at www.slocan-valley.org, or from SVHTS president Pierre Dupont at 355-2360.