The Trails to the Boundary Society, has elected Pat Henley, a Rock Creek resident as President of the Board. The Board has 7 board positions representing each of the 7 communities in the West Boundary; Greenwood/Jewel Lake, Midway, Rock Creek/Kettle Valley, Westbridge/Christian Valley, Bridesville/Baldy, Beaverdell/Carmi and Big White.
The Society recognizes the values of trails and destination development. We have a trail coordinator position funded through the RDKB Area E Regional Parks & Trails service. The coordinator works with communities and organizations to assess conditions and prioritize maintenance, educate and promote the area.
Planning for 2020 includes cleaning up burnt trees along the trail in the Westbridge area, installing more washrooms, and continuing work with adjacent landowners and Boundary Invasive Species Society to control invasive plants.
“In the past 5 years, there has been an increase in trail ridership and also increased requests for accommodation, trail information and shuttle service from people who want to ride the rail trail. This shows the importance of the development of the rail trail to the West Boundary”, says Pat Henley who has served on the board since it’s inception.
Since 2015, The Society has held a partnership agreement with the Recreation Sites and Trails BC branch of the Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations to perform trail stewardship and maintenance of The Great Trail, formally known as the Trans Canada Trail. The 155 km section of the rail trail in the West Boundary incorporates the Columbia and Western Rail Trail and the Kettle Valley Rail Trail between Eholt and the junction of the 201 Forest Service Road near McCulloch.
The Trails to the Boundary Society welcomes participation from people who are interested in helping with trail maintenance as well as economic development opportunities. Please contact Pat Henley at 250-528-0227.