The Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society (SVRTS) 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. The name of the Society was changed in 2022 to Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society.
A registered society under the BC Society Act, the SVRTS 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 Rail 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.
The 2022/2023 Board of Directors are:
Helene Dostaler Chairperson Craig Lawrence Asst. Chairperson Gary Yakimchuk Treasurer Cheryl Bonowicz Secretary Directors: Kurt Hilger, Harold Resanzoff, Kevin Goodwin
The Annual General Meeting of the Society in usually held in May. New members are always welcome, as are those who may wish to become involved on the Board Level.