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