The Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society (SVHTS) is a community group originally formed in 1994 to promote the development of a non-motorized recreational trail along the recently abandoned Slocan Valley spur of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in the West Kootenay region of BC.
A registered society under the BC Society Act, the SVHTS has an elected board of directors, a constitution and bylaws. Membership in the society is open to all and members are encouraged to participate in the ongoing maintenance and management of the trail as volunteers.
The Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society currently has a stewardship agreement with Rec’ Sites and Trails B.C. (RSTBC), a department of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO), the current owner of the Slocan Valley Rail-Trail (SVRT), to manage the trail. Under the terms of this agreement RSTBC and the SVHTS are jointly responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the Slocan Valley Rail Trail lands for the purpose of non-motorized recreational use.