To Clarify recent discussions on our dog guidelines:
Feb. 18,2022. The Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society manages the Rail Trail in partnership with Rec Sites and Trails BC, under the Ministry of Environment. The Rail Trail is wholly owned by the Province and does not cross private property. The guidelines on our website’s Etiquette Page are based on the provincial regulations on the use of Crown Land and recreational trails. The important ones to note are:1. Dogs must always be under control on recreational trails. (RSTBC Regulations)2. Dogs cannot chase wildlife on Crown Land. (Section 78-79 of the Wildlife Act)3. Dogs cannot stray onto private property. (Trespass Act)Our Trail Etiquette Page has essentially been the same for the past 15 years. Last year we put up new signage to replace the 12-year-old signs. With increasing use of the Trail, we clarified the guideline from saying “Control your pets at all times” which was too vague, to “Leash up when meeting others so people feel safe”. Leashing your dog is not mandatory if you have a well-trained dog that obeys your callback when meeting others on the trail.We have no enforcement ability. In the case of serious dog issues, we encourage you to contact the RCMP and to please let us know as we monitor these complaints. Only the person who had the serious encounter can file this complaint. The Rail Trail connects us all and we want everyone to feel safe to enjoy it.