About Us

email : kortsbc@gmail.com

What is KORTS?
KORTS stands for the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society, which is
a recent (2018) amalgamation of the Kaslo Trailblazers Society and the
Kaslo Outdoor Recreation Society.
Here is a bit of history about how KORTS has evolved in Kaslo…….
In 2003 six of us Kaslovians decided we did not enjoy walking on the
highway and so, with some existing but disjointed rough trails by the
river, we thought……why not join up some of these trail sections for a
river trail walk! Two years later, with more and more people walking this
north side river trail, we organized a community meeting and 25
interested hikers formed the Kaslo Trailblazers Society. An ambitious 5-
phase project was drawn up to widen the Goat Trail that had been
completed, build a trail on the south side of the Kaslo River, connect the
trails with two pedestrian bridges, and provide an interpretive trail on
the north side, together with signage, an interpretive brochure, and
After only 2 years of fundraising and thousands of hours by dedicated
volunteers, 2007 was a banner year with the building of the Trailblazers
Bridge. In 2008 the Kaslo Trailblazers Society became a registered
charity, able to issue tax receipts for donations. Unfortunately, 2008 was
also the year that recession hit Canada and we had to widen our net to
obtain funds for what became the Unity Bridge, completed in 2015. The
Unity Bridge was so named because it joined the north and south sides of
the Kaslo River Trail, and to showcase what a small group of dedicated
volunteers can accomplish when they have the support of their
community, their country and the world. We presently have bridge
plaques sponsored from 9 provinces, 2 territories, 7 USA states and 13
other countries. We continue to solicit more plaque sponsorship from
friends and visitors from all parts of the world.
The building of the river trail spawned more mountain biking and nordic
ski trails and programs for kids, which has resulted in more clubs and
organizations with cross-overs in volunteers. All funds raised have been
spent on materials, with less than 1% of our funding going toward
In 2016 we floated the idea of amalgamating several Kaslo outdoor
recreation Clubs and organizations into one society in order to reduce the
need for separate AGM’s and boards. We were very pleased when in the
spring of 2018 the Kaslo Trail Alliance, the Nordic Ski Club and the
Mountain Bike Club joined forces with us under the new banner of
KORTS…..Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society. KORTS has assumed
the Kaslo Trailblazers Society charitable status, which now applies to
donations for all Clubs. Under the umbrella of KORTS, each Club is
managed by a core group of volunteers with representation on the KORTS
Executive. Donations and membership fees can be directed to whichever
Club the donor wishes to support. Since the amalgamation, two other
groups have joined KORTS – the newly formed Dragon Boat Club and the
Back Country Nordic Touring and Hiking Group. This joining of forces has
eliminated the need for 6 separate societies, boards, government
reporting and associated costs. It has also opened the doors for better
funding through Columbia Basin Trust and other Foundations.
We welcome any enquiries and will attempt to answer any questions you
may have about our Charitable Society or to make a welcome donation
please contact:

The Village of Kaslo (pop. 1032) is nestled between the Selkirk and Purcell mountains in south-eastern BC and ideally situated beside beautiful Kootenay Lake.  The Kaslo Trailblazers Society was formed in 2005 by a local group of enthusiastic hikers dedicated to making our wilderness accessible to everyone. 

The Society now has over 200 members and 124 volunteers who have donated more than 5000 hours of labour towards trail-building. Our members include retired engineers, carpenters, forest reclamation specialists, bankers, and outdoor enthusiasts from all walks of life.

Respectfully submitted by Val Koenig If you have any questions about who we are, what we do, how to join, or just want to volunteer your time, feel free to contact us. Please see below

We are a registered society under the BC Society Act with an elected board of directors, constitution and bylaws.   Annual General Meetings are held in early spring.  We became a federally registered charity in 2008.
In 2018 we joined other like minded clubs in Kaslo under our new name:
 Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society

Revenue Canada Charitable Registration # 863051181 RR0001

The purposes of the Society are:
1. To encouraging community and visitor participation in non motorized outdoor recreation activities, especially, but not limited to, Nordic skiing, snowshoeing, mountain biking, hiking, running , paddling ,and the like.
2. Build and maintain recreational trails in and around Kaslo for public use.

email: kortsbc@gmail.com
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Please note that our PO Box has changed effective May 1, 2012.
Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society
Box 1024
Kaslo, BC  V0G 1M0
250-353-7427 (Tom Duchastel)

2020 Executive
President: Tom Duchastel
Vice-President: Dan Miles
Treasurer: Ken Butt
Secretary: Stu Heard
Fundraising: Francois Blouin
Dana Gallinger
Marketing: Sarah Heard
Membership: Meleana Terlingen