Trails

A group hiking near Revelstoke. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

Outdoor group urges B.C. government to increase support for trails, parks, and volunteers

40 organizations and businesses in B.C. sent a message to Premier David Eby

 

The Elkford Trails Alliance held a ribbon cutting ceremony for their 2022 trail project on Oct. 15, 2022. (Courtesy of Colin Standish)

Elkford Trails Alliance cuts the ribbon for 4 km of new trail

The trail sections are named after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

 

(Ed Henczel/COSAR)

Okanagan search and rescue teams find man lost overnight in Kelowna backcountry

A mountain biker got lost on the Angel Springs trails and had to spend a cold, wet night in the forest

 

Kelowna RCMP recently arrested two individuals who combined for a total of 68 recommended charges over two months. (File photo)

Assault on Kelowna teen that ‘shocked community’ leads to arrest 9 months later

17-year-old suffered life-altering injuries on Rail Trail in November 2021

Kelowna RCMP recently arrested two individuals who combined for a total of 68 recommended charges over two months. (File photo)
The Coal Creek Heritage Society, along with Tourism Fernie, Parastone Developments, and Columbia Basin Trust, worked on major parking lot and signage improvements at the Montane trailhead in Fernie in July, 2022. (Courtesy of Rick Wiess)

Montane trailhead gets a glow-up

The CCHS and their sponsors recently completed major work at the Montane trailhead parking lot

The Coal Creek Heritage Society, along with Tourism Fernie, Parastone Developments, and Columbia Basin Trust, worked on major parking lot and signage improvements at the Montane trailhead in Fernie in July, 2022. (Courtesy of Rick Wiess)
The District of Elkford announced on July 21, 2022 that the Josephine Falls trail near town was closed due to CanWel logging activity. (Dan Sarkany / Elkford Trails Alliance)

Josephine Falls trail near Elkford temporarily closed due to CanWel logging

The logging work is expected to last two weeks from July 21

The District of Elkford announced on July 21, 2022 that the Josephine Falls trail near town was closed due to CanWel logging activity. (Dan Sarkany / Elkford Trails Alliance)
About 30 people gathered on the evening of July 18, 2022, in Elkford to celebrate the official opening of the Elkford Trails Alliance’s first trail. (Courtesy of Colin Standish)

Elkford Trails Alliance celebrates official opening of first trail, announces names

The northern section of the ETA’s first trail is named after the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

About 30 people gathered on the evening of July 18, 2022, in Elkford to celebrate the official opening of the Elkford Trails Alliance’s first trail. (Courtesy of Colin Standish)
The FTA got positive feedback for winter trails usage this winter. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

FTA releases trails survey data for winter users

Feedback was positive, but with some users highlighting a bias towards fat-biking

The FTA got positive feedback for winter trails usage this winter. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
A section of the new trail network being built by the Elkford Trails Alliance between Elkford and Lost Lake. (Courtesy of the Elkford Trails Alliance)

Elkford Trails Alliance puts on contest to name new trail network

ETA members can submit name options before June 27

A section of the new trail network being built by the Elkford Trails Alliance between Elkford and Lost Lake. (Courtesy of the Elkford Trails Alliance)
Hikers getting outside in Martha Creek Provincial Park near Revelstoke. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

Get outside and celebrate the second annual BC Trails Day

Events being hosted in 46 communities across the province

Hikers getting outside in Martha Creek Provincial Park near Revelstoke. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
Trail maintenance volunteer crews were working on Contra and Trail Dogs on Monday, May 23, as part of a volunteer event organized by the Fernie Trails Alliance. (Photo by Cindy Sleeman)

‘Respect the trails’: volunteers have been busy getting Fernie trails into shape

The Fernie Trails Alliance and Coal Creek Heritage Society have been organizing volunteers

Trail maintenance volunteer crews were working on Contra and Trail Dogs on Monday, May 23, as part of a volunteer event organized by the Fernie Trails Alliance. (Photo by Cindy Sleeman)
A view from the area of Elkford’s Lost Lake Loop southern trail, which is planned to be built in spring and summer 2022. (Courtesy of Colin Standish)

New trail projects planned for Elkford and Sparwood

Trail alliances in both towns will be at work building and maintaining over spring and summer

A view from the area of Elkford’s Lost Lake Loop southern trail, which is planned to be built in spring and summer 2022. (Courtesy of Colin Standish)
The District of Elkford holds council meetings in the District Office next to the Community Conference Centre. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Elkford council awards grants to Elkford Trails Alliance, Elkford Triathlon Society

The total amount allocated in their 2022 grant program was $11,064.08

The District of Elkford holds council meetings in the District Office next to the Community Conference Centre. File photo. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Cyclists ride on the Trans Canada Trail in Capilano River Regioanl Park in North Vancouver. (Trans Canada Trail photo)

Trans Canada Trail awards grants to 166 organizations across the country

Trans Canada Trail has awarded grants to 166 organizations across the country for projects to improve trail sections and access.

  • Apr 20, 2022
Cyclists ride on the Trans Canada Trail in Capilano River Regioanl Park in North Vancouver. (Trans Canada Trail photo)
The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)

Galloway Lands residential development proponent posts ‘Trails and Public Use Answers’ to website

The answers were to questions posed by the public for a Jan. 6 open house

The Fernie Nordic Society operates the Elk Valley Nordic Centre partially on the lands proposed to be developed under the Galloway Lands proposal. (Courtesy of the Fernie Nordic Society)
The Elkford Trails Alliance has a new snowdog on their roster to help them groom trails. (Courtesy of Elkford Trails Alliance)

‘New and exciting for us’: Elkford Trails Alliance gets a new grooming tool

The organization also has proposals in the works for new potential trails

The Elkford Trails Alliance has a new snowdog on their roster to help them groom trails. (Courtesy of Elkford Trails Alliance)
Montane and Ridgemont trails are ready for winter use. (Courtesy of Pat Gilmar)

‘It’s a true winter’: Montane and Ridgemont trails ready for winter use

The trail networks, especially lower-elevated Montane trails, took damage during recent flood events

Montane and Ridgemont trails are ready for winter use. (Courtesy of Pat Gilmar)
One of the many beautiful views seen from Ridgemont trails above Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

CCHS signs ‘historic’ land-use agreement with Pollyco

Pollyco is the owner of the lands where the Ridgemont trail network is located

One of the many beautiful views seen from Ridgemont trails above Fernie. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
The sixth Harvey Pass Hut is complete. (Courtesy of Dan Savage)
The sixth Harvey Pass Hut is complete. (Courtesy of Dan Savage)
The FTA’s work parties were a big hit this summer. (Photo Contributed)

FTA: Season in review

The Fernie Trails Alliance reminisces on a busy summer spent hiking, biking and running

The FTA’s work parties were a big hit this summer. (Photo Contributed)