The Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society is improving the trail system on Mount Buchanan and hiring trail crew workers with support from Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted

The Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society is improving the trail system on Mount Buchanan and hiring trail crew workers with support from Columbia Basin Trust. Photo: Submitted

Columbia Basin Trust grants funding Kaslo, Nelson trail upgrades

Multiple projects in the Kootenays are underway

The Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society is receiving $74,300 from Columbia Basin Trust to build and rehabilitate several trails near the community.

The society will connect a new trail from the True Blue trailhead to the Straight Face and Lettrari Loop trails, rehabilitate the Hemlock, Cedar and Birch trails, and install signage. It will also complete a 2.4-kilometre downhill trail that connects Moose Meadows cabin to the top of Mount Buchanan with new signage.

“Our club saw an amazing number of riders accessing these trails in summer 2022, and our projects reflect the need to stay ahead of this influx of users of various age groups, skill levels and abilities,” said society president Dan Miles.

“Well-developed and maintained trails promote an active lifestyle, and these trails will continue to help Kaslo and the north end of Kootenay Lake participate in the unprecedented expansion of mountain bike culture and trail tourism in B.C.”

Columbia Basin Trust’s grant announcement Jan. 12 included 26 projects in 17 communities being funded a total of $764,800. Other local projects include:

• Nelson Nordic Ski Club is receiving $43,700 to replace the Apex North bridge connecting the Rail Trail and Cottonwood Lake to the club’s main hut.

• Nelson Cycling Club will rehab rough sections of the Turnstyles and Lefty trails with $35,300.

• Salmo Valley Trail Society will use $13,200 to extend the True Blue and DeLaurentis trails as well as develop connector trails in the Erie Creek area.

• Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society will complete its resurfacing project with $60,000 to improve accessibility.

• The Village of Slocan receives $5,000 to rehab a trail network along Springer Creek.