Monday, November 2, 2015

Work party Tuesday Nov 3 9am to noon

Our final scheduled work party for the year will focus on filling several of the river trail winter gravel barrels. For tools, a spade for shovelling the salted gravel at the YRB yard would be useful.

We will meet at the south end of the Unity Bridge near the Village shop and can car pool from there.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Work party Tuesday Oct 27 9am to noon

Our work party this week will focus on brushing trail for winter skiing and snowshoeing along the K&S Wagon Road trail.

We will meet at the New Denver Hwy pull/trailhead just west of Kaslo. For tools, long handled snippers would be useful, and an extension pole saw or snipper would be great.

Friday, October 16, 2015

Work party Tuesday Oct 20 9am to noon

Our work party this week will focus on brushing the Nordic ski trails.

We will meet at 9am at the Nordic ski trail parking lot, on your right driving toward New Denver on Hwy 31A, 6.5km from the 4way stop on A Ave/Kaslo Community Garden. For tools, brush loppers/snippers if you have them, and gloves. We will split into several work teams, and do some tree limbing, brushing, rock moving, and drainage improvements.

This may be the first of several work parties focussing on the Nordic trails.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Work party Tuesday Oct 13 9am to noon

Our work party this week will focus on building a walkers by-pass trail on the No Brakes trail to develop some trail separation in hazardous areas between downhill bikers and walkers.

We will meet at the Wardner Viewpoint Trailhead, which is a parking lot where Wardner St turns into 9th St. From the 4 way stop at the Community Garden, continue up A Ave to Wardner St, turn right and follow it north to the trailhead.

Tools will be provided. We will walk in on the trail to where we will be working.

Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving.

Friday, October 2, 2015

Work party Tuesday Oct. 6 9am-noon

This week we will be working on some step support repair on the Kaslo River north side trail near the first bridge, also on the long section of steps on the south side, and possibly tread maintenance and some root grubbing along the south side trail tread.

Tools will be provided. Wear work gloves if you have them. We will meet at the New Denver highway trailhead kiosk.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Work party Tuesday Sept 29

There will be a trail work party tomorrow starting at 9am meeting at the New Denver Hwy trailhead. Two sections of trail need some attention shoring up the downslope edges.

All tools will be provided. Heavy lifting will be needed so please wear gloves for handling cement blocks, rocks etc.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Detour on upper Lettrari Loop trail

There is some gravel pit work going on alongside the upper Lettrari Loop trail for the next few weeks, so the Village and RDCK have closed a section of trail that is subject to rolling rocks and falling debris. The detour has been sign posted along the trail so please follow the detour if you are walking the Lettrari Loop trail.
  • If you are coming up from the Kaslo River to the airstrip, continue SW to the RDCK transfer station (you will see a Road Closed sign) and follow the road and trail signs through the yellow gate and past the RDCK transfer station,  east to the "bark chip" section of trail that generally follows the airstrip road on its north side. 
  • If you are hiking west along the airstrip road, where the trail starts to descend alongside the gravel pit, continue west along the road past the gravel pit and the RDCK transfer station, through the gate and then take a sharp right turn to descend to the Lettrari Loop trail, passing the road closed sign on you right referenced above.
Hope this helps. Please email us if you need further information.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Unity Bridge Grand Opening

Over 100 people celebrated with the Kaslo Trailblazers Society (KTS) on Sunday, August 23, 2015 as the new Unity Bridge was officially opened. Donor flags from around the world decorated the bridge, representing 8 Canadian provinces, 3 USA states, and 14 different countries, making this truly a bridge that unifies both sides of the Kaslo River trail loop, and Kaslo with the World. 

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Cutting the celebratory ribbon left to right were Kellie Knoll (Village of Kaslo), Linda Lafleur (Columbia Basin Trust), Aimee Watson (Regional District of Central Kootenay), and Val Koenig (President, KTS).
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Major donors and volunteers were awarded plaques featuring a Unity Bridge photo by Anne Gray (all photos in this post courtesy Anne Gray).

In his speech to the audience, President Val Koenig gave a brief history of the Kaslo River Trail development. Following several "goat trails" and pre-built walking trails along the Kaslo River, in 2003 several Kaslo citizens worked on building trail and forming the Kaslo Trailblazers Society, established in 2005. This group had the vision to create a wheelchair accessible trail, a loop trail on both sides of Kaslo River, and two bridges spanning the river. In autumn 2007 the first "red" pedestrian bridge, now known as the Kaslo Trailblazers Bridge, was built for $149,000 across Kaslo River just below the old hydro-electric dam site.

Kaslo Trailblazers Bridge in winter
Following the 2008 economic recession, it took the KTS another 8 years to accumulate enough funds to build the Unity Bridge (almost -  we are still a little short!) -  a130 ft. single arch span, 100,000 pound bridge, following the same basic design as the first (this one is a 18' longer and a 2' arch vs a 4' arch), including the beautiful red colour.

Kaslo Unity Bridge in summer
Volunteers built both bridges!  In 2015, over 77 volunteers and local businesses contributed over 1500 hours to prepare and construct the bridge. Not including "in kind" donations, many additional hours were spent fundraising over $400,000 over the last 10 years to pay for materials and machine time. Its quite an accomplishment for our small village!

The Kaslo Trailblazers Society extend our gratitude and thanks to the over 160 KTS members, local businesses, donors, volunteers, contributors, Village of Kaslo work crew, and all others who helped to fulfill the original 2003 vision for trails in Kaslo.

Friday, August 21, 2015

Work party Saturday Aug 22

We are looking for some help to move concrete blocks to the Unity Bridge site, 9am this Saturday, Aug 22, meeting at the north side of the bridge.

This requires heavy lifting and carrying. Work gloves and close toed shoes recommended.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

5th St. Unity Bridge is now open

Kaslo Village crews finished grading the earth berms this morning, providing an easy ramp entry to the new 5th St Unity Bridge.

The barricades blocking use of the bridge have been removed and people can now cross the Kaslo River safely to complete the Kaslo River Trail Loop.

Kaslo's Unity Bridge  (click to enlarge)