Thursday, April 23, 2015

5th Street Unity Bridge Construction Begins

The following press release appeared in the Pennywise (April 21/15) and Valley Voice (April 22/15).

Gerald, Stu and Carol stain the bridge
It is often said that good things come to those who wait.  Well, we have waited since 2007, and that's long enough.  We're talking about the new 5th Street Unity Bridge across the Kaslo River.  This bridge will complete the Kaslo River Trail loop.

Building has started.  Construction has begun on the abutments with rip-rap placed to protect the north side bank and concrete wings. Cement for the footings on the north side was poured the week of April 7th and leftover concrete was used to make more retaining blocks.

Volunteers are also busy staining all timber for this new pedestrian bridge - the same rich raspberry colour as the first bridge.  We work on this most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm and are grateful for any volunteers who can join us for a few hours on these days.  Every little bit helps.

The steel structure was constructed during the winter and will be delivered to us for assembly during early May.  We plan to put the whole steel and timber structure together on land in May, number all the pieces, remove the wood and then place the steel framework on its foundations.  Once the steel structure is in place spanning the river, the wood parts will be put back and we will have a bridge!  How pleasant it will be to cross this new bridge and avoid the highway during the busy summer months!  It should be especially gratifying for our numerous supporters who sponsored bridge plaques to help cover part of our costs.

Everyone who has seen the construction start has commented positively.  We have plaque sponsors from 9 countries plus all the provinces except Ontario and Quebec.  We're always looking for friends or family from all areas of Canada and the rest of the world who can help us get this bridge paid for.  For more information, or to become a sponsor, please look up our website at or email

See you on the bridge!

Val Koenig
President, Kaslo Trailblazers Society

Sunday, April 19, 2015

No work party Wednesday April 22

No trail work party this Wednesday, but if you can spare some time……staining bridge timbers…..every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday. Each day has 2 shifts……10am-12:30pm, and 12:30pm-3pm.

With the warmer weather, we are very busy staining so "all hands on deck", as they say! Also,……"many hands make light work" which is especially true for some of our larger timbers!…….hope to see you there.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Work party Wednesday April 15 9am - noon

Our work party this week will be to continue work on the Connector Trail above the Wardner Viewpoint. We are building switchbacks to avoid steep sections on that trail.

We will meet at the Wardner Trail Viewpoint trailhead, and for tools a set of clippers if you have them.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Membership Drive April 21-24 at KSCU

There will be a Membership table at Kootenay Saving Credit Union in Kaslo April 21 - 24, 10 am - 3 pm each day.

Memberships are:
  • $10 for 1 year
  • $45 for 5 years
  • $90 for 10 years
Please drop by if you would like to get your membership, or even just catch up on the new bridge and what the Trailblazers are up to.  We are still fundraising for the bridge so this is a great time to purchase a 5 or 10 year membership if you can.

Out of town?  You can get your Trailblazers membership with a credit card on the secure Canada Helps website.

Many thanks to Chris Carroll for stepping up as Membership chair and initiating this.  It's been a while since we've had a membership drive and your membership may have lapsed, so please stop by and show your support for the work the Trailblazers do on our trails.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Work party Wednesday April 8 9am-11am

This week we will be grubbing in some new switchbacks to avoid several steep sections along Connector 2 trail above the Wardner Trail viewpoint. For tools, snips would be useful, and polaskis and rakes will be provided.

We will meet at the Wardner Trailhead along Wardner St.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

No bridge staining work party Saturday, April 4

It being Easter this coming weekend there will be no bridge staining work party this Saturday April 4.

We are progressing well staining all of the wood for the bridge, and Tom Duchastel and his crew are making good progress on the north side bridge abutment.  If you haven't already, stop by and take a look at all of the work done to date.

We will begin staining again next Tuesday April 7.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Trail work party Wednesday April 1 9am - noon

There will be a trail work party this Wednesday (no, this isn't an April Fools joke) to remove fallen trees at the south side trail viewpoint and repair the guard rail system there. We will also do some tread widening along the open slope area adjacent to the red bridge on the north side trail where it sluffed in this spring.  For tools, a rake and shovel would be good.  Polaskis will be provided.

Let's meet at the New Denver highway trailhead.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Membership drive volunteers needed

Besides volunteers for staining the bridge timbers (weather permitting), we are also in need of volunteers to help with a membership drive to be held at the Kaslo Kootenay Lake Credit Union. If you can spare 2 ½ hours on
  • April 21, 22, 23, 24:  
    • 10 am - 12:30 pm 
    • 12:30 pm - 3 pm
then please call our new Membership Chair, Chris Carroll or his wife Leslie at 250-353-7709. S/he will set up a schedule and confirm your date and time.

Seating is limited, so please contact them as soon as possible to book your space!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

No bridge staining on Saturday, March 21

There will be no bridge staining work party this Saturday, March 21.

If you can help Val cut the boards to length on Friday March 20 10:30am-12noon please go to the Village Shop. He is looking for 3 people to help move boards in and out of his cut saw.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

2015 AGM Minutes

Please find below the minutes of the 2015 AGM for the Kaslo Trailblazers Society, as well as several related reports and presentations.

  • 2015 AGM Minutes (2 pages)
  • 2015 President's Report
  • 2014 Financials, including River Bank Repair details
  • Proposed Kaslo River Trail Project and associated map

Click on the image to enlarge documents.

    2015 AGM Minutes (page 1)
    2015 AGM Minutes (page 2)

    2015 AGM President's Report

    2014 Financial Report
    2014 River Bank Repair Financials

    Proposed KRT Project
    Proposed KRT Project Map