Maintenance, Enhancement, Education and Protection of the Myra Canyon Trail
With the trestles rebuilt, MCTRS turned its attention to maintenance and enhancements. To formalize this work MCTRS entered into a ten-year agreement on January 1, 2014 with BC Parks to maintain the trail and the trestles “from the ties up”, along the entire 12 km trail.
Now, MCTRS has added another objective to its mandate: the preservation and enhancement of the cultural heritage of Myra Canyon. For example, partnering with the University of British Columbia Okanagan the two organizations sponsored historical archaeological digs at two of the original constructions camps in 2007 and 2008. Future plans include maintaining the by-pass trail around trestle #3 (severely damaged in 2013) which follows an old tote (service) road and passes through another of the original construction camps.
The all-important community involvement with the Myra Canyon trail continues as does its role as a crucial link in The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Volunteers continue to perform the work needed to keep Myra Canyon in great condition, supported by donations.
In November 2017, MCTRS were awarded the BC Parks 2016 Volunteer Group of the Year Award. In 2018, MCTRS celebrate 25 years of volunteer service to the Myra Canyon trestles, tunnels and trail system. Visitors continue to come from all around the world, currently over 70,000 a year.