A big THANK YOU to Rick Dubeau of Enderby for the 3-day certification course on chainsaw use and safety – Level 1. On the ground training took place at Myra Canyon with MCTRS volunteers including: Gary, Vern, Denney, Lisa and Kelly who are all now certified for chainsaw use as we do our work at Myra Canyon.
Our Volunteers will be busy on Saturday working between Trestle 3 and Trestle 6 as they cut back the new growth and clear overhead branches to keep the trail in great condition. Say hi to them along the way.
In 1897-1898, responding to the rush for Kootenay gold, silver and other minerals being mined, the CPR built the Crow’s Nest Pass line, eventually reaching Midway in West Kootenay. Meanwhile the Great Northern Railroad, a USA company, was also completed with branch lines North into Canada.
The Kettle Valley Railway and with it Myra Canyon, played an important role in Canada’s early years and our coast-to-coast domain. See: https://www.myratrestles.com/history/1897-1910/. Myra Canyon is a registered National Historic Place of Canada: http://www.historicplaces.ca/en/rep-reg/place-lieu.aspx?id=9349&pid=0
The Trail Host is back for 2018. We sponsor the Trail Host program along with co-sponsor Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental. Each day until early September, the Trail Host rides each way from Myra to Ruth gates while stopping to talk with visitors,
May 20th: We rode the trail from Ruth to Myra and back this morning. Spring is in the mountains with fresh growth and flowers. A beautiful morning, and the mountain air was great. The trail is still rough from the BC Parks contractor’s work,
The large boulder new Trestle 10 now has a wide path cleared around it – see the attached photo. Please remember there are BC Parks work crews on the trail doing rock scaling and tree removals as part of their 10 year maintenance program and to follow their safety instructions.
We visited Myra Canyon on May 7th. The Little White Forestry Road was in pretty good shape – a little snow in a few places. The trail from Ruth Gate to Trestle 8 is rough due to the rock scaling underway and lots of equipment in use.