Slocan Valley Rail Trail groomed for winter fun

There’s 45 km of groomed and trackset rail trail waiting in the Slocan Valley for those who appreciate outdoor adventure.

From Crescent Valley to Slocan Lake you’re likely to find classic and skate skiers, as well as snowshoers and walkers taking advantage of the efforts of the volunteers from the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society. There are also around 20 benches and picnic tables to relax at — many of which have pristine views of the area.

The trail society would like all those using the trail to please respect trail etiquette while out there enjoying the magic of the Slocan Valley.

The trackset is for the enjoyment of skiers. The rest of the groomed trail is for walkers, snowshoers and skate skiers.

Please keep your pets under control at all times when using the trail and make sure to clear their droppings off the groomed trail (it makes it messy for the groomers if you don’t). Horse riders are requested to refrain from riding on the groomed sections of the trail during the winter grooming season.

There are several donation boxes on along the Slocan Valley Rail Trail. If you appreciate the efforts of the volunteers who go out night and day to prepare the trail, leaving a donation helps offset their limited funding.

As well, there are ski, boots and poles available to borrow for those first-time skiers who want to get out and experience the rail trail.

The annual Winter Rail Trail Ski Day will be on Sunday, January 27 from noon to 2 p.m. This year the bonfire and refreshments will be found about two kilometres north of the Passmore trailhead. Come on out and enjoy.

If you wish to know more about what’s happening on the trail, visit the website at

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