Box 22, Winlaw, BC V0G 2J0 info@slocanvalleyrailtrail.ca 1-888-683-7878 (SVRT)

Support us at “Dot Day”

On Sat. April 7th from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Winlaw Hall, “Dot Day” will be happening in the Slocan Valley. Every year the Columbia Basin Trust allocates funds to various affected regions in the Columbia Basin through the Communities Initiative Program. They are distributed through the RDCK and the Area H funds recipients are determined through “Dot Day”

Community groups have submitted applications for these funds and its the community who determines where they go. This is done by area residents being given four dots which they place on the applications they wants to support. The value of the dots is determined by the number of people attending.

This year the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society is looking for support to purchase a new, wider four-wheel mower for our ATV, which will  make mowing of the treadpath and nearby vegetation a more effective process for our volunteers.  Please come show your support for the Slocan Valley Rail Trail and put a dot or two on our application. While you’re there, check out the many other worthy applications you’ll see there.

Please share this information with your friends and remember – it’s only Slocan Valley residents who can participate.

 

 

 

Family Day on the Rail Trail, Monday, February 12th

This year the annual Winter Day on the Trail will be taking place on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail takes place on Family Day, Monday, February 12th from noon to 3 p.m. The crew from the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society (SVHTS)will be partnering this year with Slocan Valley Recreation to offer a fun-filled afternoon. The event   will again be setting up at the Winlaw Station and Trailhead.  Like last year we  will be hosting the very popular ski waxing demo (even the newest skis can benefit). For a $15 donation they may even wax your skis! But come early, to make sure your skis get done.

Slocan Valley Recreation will be offering skis for kids and snowshoes for adults to use, should you not have them and want to be part of the Trail experience. There will be  individual and group lessons being offered that might make your skiing experience even better. Both in classic and skate skiing!  If conditions allow, a track may be set up around the Winlaw School field for some fun races and games.

Of course, everyone is invited to come out and explore the Rail Trail and see what winter has to offer this year. The swans have been seen all along the Slocan River and you might find a few hanging around.  There’ll be a bonfire going and refreshments and hearty meals will be being sold by trail supporters from Winlaw School. It’ll be a great time to catch up on what’s been happening on the Rail Trail – a new website has been launched and this past summer saw paving of the Greenway Project  taking place in the South Slocan to Crescent Valley segment of the Trail .

The Winlaw Trailhead can be reached from Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley. Watch for the large directional signs located on the highway. If requiring more information you can contact the SVHTS at 1-888-683-SVRT, or Slocan Valley rec at 250-226-0008. We can be found on Facebook or on our  new website www.slocanvalleyrailtrail.ca

Cougar sightings along Rail Trail

January 14th – There have been several reports of cougars in the Winlaw and Passmore recently. The Rail Trail, besides being a great place to ski in the winter, can also be a wildlife corridor. Please use caution when out skiing. Don’t ski alone, keep young skiers close and make some noise when you’re out there. Please check our Facebook page for further updates

Winter is coming (almost)

We’re all eagerly awaiting the arrival of snow to begin our winter grooming operations. The machinery is ready to go but all we need is snow! One thing we could use help with (as we do every year), is we need volunteers to help shovel out road crossings after a snow (when it comes) and after the plows have gone by. This simple operation can same our groomers valuable time when grooming the trail. So if you have a shovel (and a friend or two) please contact us and we’ll see if we can find a crossing close to where you live!

As well, we’re always on the lookout for groomers (with snowmobile experience)  to pack and trackset the trail as well as authorized friends of the trail with snowmobiles who might be able to help us after a heavy snowfall. Again contact us if you can help.

Thanks for being there for us. Now THINK SNOW!

Rail Trail Ball Caps on Sale!

Looking for a great Christmas gift or just want to support the Slocan Valley Rail Trail? Our Rail Trail Ball caps can now be purchased at the Winlaw Mini-Mart and at Evergreen Natural Foods in Crescent Valley as well as via this website or our Facebook page. For a $15 minimum donation you’ll be helping us to maintain the Trail that connects us all. Thanks to the local businesses for their support.

Lemon Creek Bridge Redecking Tues./Wed. Nov.7&8

The bridge at Lemon Creek on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail will be closed to all traffic on Nov. 7 & 8th to allow for deck replacement. Please find an alternate route to bypass this location. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Work on Rail Trail Oct. 17th

Tuesday, October 17th – the sluff on the Rail Trail below the golf course in Appledale will finally be getting repaired. Heavy equipment will be working and dump trucks ill be running in and out. If possible, please refrain from using this section of trail. The work will take one day to complete. Thanks for your understanding.

South Slocan/Crescent Valley Trail open to limited use

Our segment from South Slocan to Crescent Valley has now been paved, except for the last 100 m by the bridge, and is available to be enjoyed. Temporary blocks have been placed across the trail to prevent motorized use. Permanent baffle gates will be put in the place in the next few weeks.

Go for a ride and let us know what you think. Please remember we’re a volunteer group who manage the Rail Trail on behalf of Rec Sites and Trails BC and donations are always appreciated. There’s a link on this website if you wish to show tour support

South end paving completed, but Trail closed

The 4 km stretch of Rail Trail from S. Slocan to Crescent Valley has now been mostly completed as of Friday afternoon. The Rail Trail in this area will remained closed for the weekend to allow the asphalt surface to harden properly. Next week, temporary barriers will be installed (relax, there’ll still be room for cyclists to get by) along the Trail and permanent ones will be coming in the weeks ahead. Thanks for your patience and understanding

Prep to pave South Slocan section of Rail Trail underway

This week (August 21, 2017) the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has begun the process of paving the Rail Trail segment between South Slocan and Crescent Valley. This is a portion of the South Slocan Greenway Project in which we have partnered (as trail managers with RSTBC), and the RDCK. It has been made possible with funding from the Columbia Basin Trust, Bike BC, and FLNRO.  We are very excited that after all this time, that this is coming to fruition.

Everyone is asked to avoid using this area in the coming days. We will keep this website updates as things progress