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.
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
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
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
UPDATE June 23rd: We will not be having a station in Slocan Park on Sunday. You’ll find us at Crescent Valley, Winlaw, Perrys Siding and the Owl Park, south of Slocan.
On Sunday, June 25th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Slocan Valley Rail Trail will be the place to experience “Random Acts of Creativity”. For that day, the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council and the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society have formed a unique partnership to celebrate Canada150. The day will involve recognizing our valley’s place in history, reaching from deep into our past up to the living history we create every day.
Two special live musical performances, displays of artists work, interactive creative art exploration, art installations and wilderness walks are just some of the wide range of activities which will be taking place around five ‘hubs’ along the 50 km long Rail Trail that connects us all. Walk, dance, or ride your way along the route to take in the adventure of Slocan Valley living at its artistic finest. Of course, there’ll be plenty of Canada150 birthday cake along the way!
The northernmost hub of the event will be at the Owl Park, just outside of the Village of Slocan. From 10:30 to noon, the Slocan Valley Early Childhood Society and CBAL will be hosting a Storywalk and activities for children. Of course, there will be cake, and don’t be surprised if you see some local art work on display.
Further south, the next hub will be at the Perrys Siding Trailhead and the Threads Guild Building where you’ll find the Vallican Whole Choir at 11 a.m., performing a selection of classic Canadiana songs such as Land of the Silver Birch and sing-along favourites. An art installation will be erected and there will be displays of pottery, paintings and books by area artists to enjoy.
Continuing south, the Winlaw Station Trailhead will be a busy place. Located across from Winlaw School, the Slocan Valley Community Band will be playing their final performance of the season at 1 p.m. The Slocan Historical Society will be there, dressed in period costume, with an information table sharing some valley history. A Sand Sculpture will be on display along with the work of several artists.
Just north of Winlaw, opposite Winlaw Nature Park, students from Winlaw School will have created a large Wildflower mural. Make sure to check it out! And just south of Winlaw, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., there will be an information display of the Stream Restoration Project being developed by the Slocan Valley Streamkeepers at the Crooked Horn Farm.
The Slocan Park area hub, located across from the Co-op, will feature pottery displays, Plein Air Painting and the work of local artists.
The southernmost gathering spot for Random Acts of Creativity is at the Crescent Valley Trailhead, by the Crescent Valley Bridge. Kids will be making Forest Walk Bracelets and a Community Interactive Nature Art Project will be on-going.
It’ll be a busy day, with much to experience! A limited number of event maps will be at several locations throughout the Valley to help you on your way, or you can visit www.slocanvalleyrailtrail.ca or the Rail Trail Facebook page to find a copy of the map to help plan your adventure.
The event has been made possible with support from the Columbia Basin Trust, Heritage Credit Union and the Slocan Valley Community Arts Council as well as the tireless work of a large group of volunteers.
Our Annual General Meeting takes place at the Passmore Hall beginning at 7 p.m. Things are always interesting along the Rail Trail and the past year has been no acception. This year will see the Greenway Project taking place between South Slocan and Crescent Valley, as well as some repairs along the Trail. Come along and find out more. Relax, if you’re not already a member, new memberships will be being accepted between 6:45 and 7:00 p.m. We’re always looking for new energy to get involved in the many challenges the Rail Trail brings.
This year, because of the growing amount of equipment we need to service the Rail Trail, we’re hoping to begin construction of a second “Station House” in the Lower Slocan Valley, like the one we currently have in Winlaw. We are already a third of the way to our goal to begin construction, but need your support to help make the station house a reality.
If you’re a resident of the Slocan Valley, you are invited to participate in “Dot Day”. This event sees the Columbia Basin Trust putting forward funds through the Community Iniatiatives Program, which the community then decides how best to use. Over the years, the support we have received from “Dot Day” has allowed our volunteers to achieve many things to make the Rail Trail such an integral part of our community.
Please take a few minutes to come to the Winlaw Hall on Sat. April 8th between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. and learn about some of the great ideas being put forward in our community. You’ll be given four “dots”, which you can put on the proposal(s) you find most worthy. We hope you’ll give us consideration when you do.
TRAIL CLOSURE March 22nd- 1 km North of Passmore. We have a flooding issue taking place on the Rail Trail. Highways will be sending in a backhoe to put in temporary drainage.Please avoid using this area. Signs will be posted and removed when the work is done. Additional updates will be found in our Trail Report section
Sunday, January 15th we’ll be hosting a Ski Day on the Rail Trail based out of our Winlaw station from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.. We’ll be offering a ski waxing demo where you can just watch to see how it’s done, or have your skis waxed for a $10 donation. As well, we’ll be offering brief ski lessons on how to get the most out of your ski (classic or skate skiing). Of course, you can always just go out for a ski and join us there afterwards. There’ll be refreshments being sold as a fundraiser for the Winlaw School Wilderness Progam. There’ll also be a bonfire to keep everyone warm. So come join us and catch up on all the latest Rail Trail News.