Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Bear on Lettrari Loop trail

A black bear has been encountered along the Lettrari Loop section of the Kaslo River Trail this morning (also known as the south trail extension). This bear stood its ground and acted aggressively even after being whistled and shouted at, so it may have some food in the area. Please be cautious.

Monday, August 3, 2015

Unity Bridge sponsors are from...

FCC AgriSpirit Fund Saskatchewan
  • BC
  • Alberta
  • Saskatchewan
  • Manitoba
  • Ontario
  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Newfoundland
  • California
  • Montana
  • Australia
  • Czech Republic
  • Germany
  • Japan
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Scotland
  • South Africa
  • Switzerland
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom

We are calling this the Unity Bridge because it has been built with support from numerous provinces, states and countries, and we wish to highlight what a small town can accomplish when it reaches out to the world.

We'd love to add your province, state, or country to the list! 

Bridge and post plaques are $150 and $500 respectively, but your donations of any amount are gratefully accepted.   Check out our Plaques page to learn more and see our plaques from around the world.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Looking for help this Monday, August 3

We are looking for help removing concrete forming materials at the 5th St Unity Bridge this Monday, 8am.

Meet at the south side of the bridge, near the Village Shop, if you are able to lend a hand. Please bring a hammer, and wear work gloves.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Unity Bridge Grand Opening Sunday, August 23, 2 to 4 pm

The elves have been busy since the girders were put in place on July 2nd, and we are proud to announce the:

Unity Bridge Grand Opening on Sunday, August 23, 2 to 4 pm!

Click to enlarge (photo credit Anne Gray)

Please get your plaque wording to us by August 8  if you want a railing plaque ($150) or post plaque ($500) engraved in time for the opening.  

You can:
-  sponsor a plaque at the Kaslo Saturday Market,
-  email us the message and arrange to get payment to us,
-  send a cheque and your message to Box 1024, Kaslo BC, V0G 1M0.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Kaslo Receives Its New Unity Bridge

The following article was submitted to the Valley Voice (July 16) and Pennywise (July 21).

photo credit Barney Gilmore
At 1 pm on July 2, 2015, history was made in Kaslo with the installation of the 5th Street Unity Bridge spanning the Kaslo River.

Steel girders 118’ long were swung into place by Gwill Crane Services, while spectators watched from the safety of Railroad Ave.  Rapid Span had manufactured the steel in two sections, after which it was trucked to Kaslo to be unloaded by Glen Settle and then bolted together to form a single span.

photo credit Barney Gilmore
Enthusiastic cheers, shouts and whistles greeted the hard working Kaslo Trailblazers Society team as the huge crane slowly settled the steel girders upon the concrete abutments designed by Pennco Engineering…..all within ¼” of the target placement lines.

After over 800 hours of volunteer work since early April, finally SUCCESS!   Now work continues to complete the wood superstructure, including a roof, in a similar design to the 2007 bridge constructed further upstream as part of the Kaslo River loop trail.

The Kaslo Trailblazers Society says a HUGE THANK YOU to all volunteers and supporters who have helped to make this project a success.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Staining resuming Friday and Monday

Sorry about the delay in staining today which occurred due to an insufficient amount of stain. Val says he now has lots, so staining will resume tomorrow (Friday) and again on Monday…..9-11am at the Village Shop yard.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Some help needed for staining bridge boards

We are in need of some help to stain boards for the new bridge for the next 3 days:

Wednesday, July 15 to Friday, July 17   9 am to 11am
Kaslo Village Shop (by the recycling depot)

Four people for each day will make the job very manageable, and the boards are not large. These are the last of pickets for the fence along the sides of the bridge.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015


A bridge over water!
(photo credit Barney Gilmore)
Never a doubt.
(photo credit Barney Gilmore)
We're still recovering from the stress and celebration of last week, but the bottom line is that the installation went smoothly.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

This Thursday July 2 is the day!

The crane
The crane is in Kaslo…..all systems are go! (we hope!).

The bridge girders
The lift is planned for approximately

11:30 am to 12:30 pm on Thursday July 2.

Please watch from the north side.

Wish us well!

New bridge date & Wednesday work party

It looks like all is in place for the bridge girders to be slung across the Kaslo river this Thursday, July 2. The actual time is a bit "iffy" but its suspected to be around noonish….I will send out a notice if that time is going to change. Once again, if you are planning to watch, please go to the north side.

With Wednesday being Canada Day, we will not be having a trail work party this week, and after Thursday it will be "all hands on deck" for the bridge.

Should be fun!