Communities Support Rail Trail

The KVR portion of The Trans Canada Trail is important to us here. Stewardship of the 113 kilometres section of which we are part, is entrusted to the Vermilion Trail Society.

Gazebo on KVR trail
The VTS News Letter has just come out and it is full of hope and enthusiasm. As many of you know, our own Bill Allinott is president of the Vermilion Trail Society. He explains how there is a renewed energy and interest in the trail and talks about what the trail could be. Much work has been done. In fact the communities have succeed in grading 48 kilometers of the trail themselves.

By bringing together Osprey Lake Rate Payers Association, Erris, Jura Station, Princeton, Coalmont Community Association, Tulameen Community Club along with the RDOS and VTS, a new excitement is developing over the very real possibility of achieving a world class trail.

Individual communities are taking pride in the trail and showing initiative and by cleaning up areas for recreational users. As an example, Coalmont Community Association removed truckloads of garbage from White Sands and built a new outhouse a couple of years ago. The site now draws many visitors and locals. Users appreciate this beautifully upgraded beach and are maintaining it that way.

With communities involved, the trails Society is clearly encouraged by the positive changes that have been taking place and especially pleased to see local towns like Coalmont taking pride in the trail. The six communities have appointed individuals to represent them as directors with the VTS so everyone is now involved in planning and developing the trail with the RDOS.

Caboose on trail at Priceton One of the new ideas to improve the trail which is being discussed is the replacement of the “tube” in the canyon between Princeton and Coalmont which does not allow emergency vehicles, fire crews or horseback riders through. This is a safety hazard. Another idea is to post kilometre signs so travelers can identify where they are and how much further they have to go. Again, this is not just a convenience but also a safety issue. Signs to encourage courtesy to other users and noting that pedestrians and horseback riders have the right away are also being talked about.

We are all users of the trail here, and especially pleased that Bill is both contributing a lot and representing us well.

As president of The Vermilion Trail Society, I am committed to maximizing community input, supporting each community the Rail Trail serves, and developing the mutual benefits of this wonderful resource. I look forward to working in partnership with the RDOS, their staff and engineers on how best to upgrade the trail for the benefit of all.
    Bill Allinott

Note: The pictures are not from Coalmont but the gazebo is located on the trail between here and Princeton and the caboose is right at Princeton. Both are VTS projects.

2 thoughts on “Communities Support Rail Trail”

  1. We are so very proud of the work you and the VTS are doing Bill! We all benefit from your efforts and even though it isn’t said enough, you are doing a FABULOUS job!! Thank you for all you are doing for the communities along the trail.

  2. Hi Folks:
    Weekend of May 24th and 25th, a couple from Langley road their mountain bikes from Coalmont to Princeton. They saw recent work of rock removal and clearing of the trail and were very, very impressed with the scenery and trail condition. Their bike ride was particularly easy from Coalmont to the “tube” since the road bed is compact and quite smooth. They said that once out of the canyon beyond the curved tunnel towards Princeton the gravel topping on the trail made riding more difficult.
    They were thrilled that I had explained the significance of the Vermilion Bluffs to them and thought that it would be fantastic to place a marker and explanation of their distinct importance to native culture. How the ochre was traded with other native peoples in the Northwest and was a highly prized red pigment.
    Kudos to the The Vermillion Trail Society crew that did the “Rock’N’Roll” this past month of May – excellent work, the work in and around the tube very well done and you can actually get through it now. Great job!!
    The work and maintenance never ends though, a new gravel slide has come down within the past week across the trail about a 100 feet on the Coalmont side of the tube.
    The couple from Langley wanted to forward this to all concerned; “Many thanks to the volunteers that maintain the trail!”
    So thank you in particular to: Bill Allinott and John Hess – work well done and appreciated by many.
    Ken Reeve

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