MCTRS is a volunteer Canadian registered charitable foundation celebrating its 25th year anniversary in 2018. Our mission is to: “improve safer public passage while preserving, protecting and promoting the heritage, historical and environmental features of the 12 km Myra Canyon trestles, tunnels and trail system”. These 18 trestles and two tunnels were built between 1912 and 1914.
MCTRS played a vital role in protecting Myra Canyon by successfully lobbying for it to become part of the Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park and also a Canadian National Historic Site. In 2016 over 70,000 global visitors experienced Myra Canyon.
Since 1993, our volunteers added boardwalks and side rails to the trestles, cleared fallen trees, boulders and brush from the trail, added storm shelters and benches, and provided information to visitors – totaling over 40,000 skilled man-hours of volunteer work. Following the devastating 2003 fires, along with BC Parks, MCTRS managed the rebuilding of the 12 burnt wooden trestles and 2 damaged steel trestles, with funding by the Governments of BC and Canada. We then restored the trail and rock faces, and replaced the damaged signage and toilets at our expense.
The trestles, tunnels and trail need maintenance work every year that our volunteers generously provide. MCTRS provides for equipment, tools, insurance, first aid, safety vests and supplies, at an average cost of $30,000 per year. Funds are mostly raised from donations. Tax receipts are provided on donations over $15.
MCTRS was named BC Parks Volunteer Group of the Year for 2016. Each year, we continue our volunteer work of maintaining the trestles, tunnels and trails for Myra Canyon’s preservation and for public enjoyment. For this work we always welcome volunteers and ongoing financial support.