This year the annual Winter Day on the Slocan Valley Rail Trail will take place on Sunday, Jan. 19 from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the Winlaw station. The crew from the Slocan Valley Heritage Trail Society will once again partner with Slocan Valley Recreation to offer a fun-filled afternoon. Volunteers will offer a ski waxing demo; you can get your skis waxed for a $15 donation. Volunteers groom and track-set the rail trail so you can enjoy a great ski.
Slocan Valley Recreation will bring along skis and snowshoes for those needing an introduction to a great winter pastime. There may also be individual and group lessons offered to round out your afternoon experience. If conditions allow, a track could be set up around the Winlaw school field for some fun races and games.
Of course, everyone is invited to come out and explore the rail trail and see what winter has to offer this year. The swans have been seen all along the Slocan River and you might find a few hanging around. There’ll be a bonfire going and refreshments plus veggie chili and hot dogs will be being sold with proceeds helping the volunteer group maintain one of the most popular recreation resources around. You’ll be able to find out what’s been happening on the rail trail and what the future holds in store.
The Winlaw trailhead can be reached from Highway 6 in the Slocan Valley. Watch for the large directional signs located on the highway. If you need more informaton you can contact the trail society at 1-888-683-SVRT or Slocan Valley Rec at 250-226-0008. Visit the rail trail Facebook page or website to get the latest update on trail conditions.