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Kaslo Trailblazers Projects

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Kaslo & Area Trail Map

The Kaslo & Area Trail Map is a multi-fold brochure presenting over 65km of trails in and around Kaslo, British Columbia. The guide is separated into three major trail areas: Village of Kaslo Area, Mount Buchanan Area and True Blue Area with a detail map for each area. Trail access descriptions are included. The map and guide covers both summer and winter recreation for all types of trail recreation nearby Kaslo Village. Trail guides can be purchased for $2 at the following Kaslo locations: SS Moyie Information Center, Kaslo Building Supplies, Kaslo Manor, Kaslo Hotel, Kaslo Motel, Landmark Bakery, Cornucopia, Barren's Sport Shop, Kaslo Pharmacy, Kaslo Chamber of Commerce, Willow Home Gallery, Sunnyside Naturals, and Kaslo Kayaking. They are available in Nelson at Gerick's Cycle and Sports, and the Nelson Tourism and Chamber of Commerce Building. If you would like further information contact the Kaslo Trailblazers Society at kaslotrailblazer@gmail.com

Kaslo and Area Trail Map
The New Kaslo & Area Trail Map
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5th Street Suspension Bridge

The Trailblazers wish to complete the Kaslo River Trail loop by building a second pedestrian bridge over the Kaslo river. The existing 3 sides of the loop, including the first pedestrian bridge, were completed in 2008 after the Trailblazers raised more than $200,000. The new bridge will be wheelchair friendly and provide a pleasant shortcut and alternative to the highway bridge for pedestrians entering the Village from the south side.

Preliminary engineering has been completed. The bridge will be approximately 125' long, 6' wide with a 3' arch and 23 feet above the river bed. We are currently fundraising $200,000 for this project.

We would like this to be a UNITY bridge with bridge plaques from all over the world. We encourage bridge plaque sponsors to include their location on their plaque message. Please read About Bridge Sponsorship (pdf) for more information.

Your donations of any amount are gratefully accepted. You can donate online at Canada Helps or please send a cheque to Box 1024, Kaslo, BC, V0G 1M0. All gifts of $20.00 or more, including bench and bridge plaque donations, will receive a Canadian tax receipt.

About Bridge Sponsorship (PDF)

DONATIONS WELCOME!
1 Year Membership:
5 Year Membership:
10 Year Membership:
Bridge Plaques:

$10
$45
$90
$150


Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!
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Kaslo Lakeview Trail

We are working with the Village of Kaslo to extend the Lakeview Trail from the Highway 31 bridge to Kaslo Bay Marina. This 5 km trail will be wheelchair friendly.

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Working on Lakeview Trail
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Kaslo River Trail

The Kaslo River Trail is a favourite hiking spot for residents and tourists. With the overwhelming support of the community and visitors, the Kaslo Trailblazers have created a trail system that includes a covered pedestrian bridge with spectacular views over the Kaslo river, a maintained hiking trail for 1.4 km on the south side of the river, wheelchair friendly trail for approximately .65km on Kaslo River Trail North (Trail 1 Village of Kaslo Area trails. Refer to the Kaslo & Area Trail Map). The south trail also connects to the Kaslo airport and existing trails at the True Blue Recreation Area.

The Kaslo River Trail provides a pathway where people can take a leisurely walk, exercise, or get from one point to another without having to walk along the highway. Our local K-12 school, J.V. Humphries, uses the trail for environmental and physical education classes instead of major streets and highways.

The trail follows an historic wood stave pipeline from the old dam site that produced power for Kaslo from 1897-1960. Interpretive maps and signs on the trail along with strategically placed benches allow walkers to enjoy magnificent views while contemplating the history of the area.

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The Kaslo River Trail
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Kaslo Trailblazers Bridge

The Kaslo Trailblazers Bridge spans the Kaslo River and joins the north and south Kaslo River trails. This covered pedestrian bridge is 112' long and 50' high. It is made from local lumber and uses organic stains. Volunteers spent 1090 hours constructing and installing this incredible bridge.

Local businesses donated materials and labour, and contributed to our fundraising efforts. Bridge plaques were sponsored by trail users visiting from as far away as England and Australia. We are proud of the combination of community effort and international support that made this bridge a reality.

The Kaslo Trailblazers Society fundraised more than $200,000 to build the bridge.

This project was sponsored by numerous local agencies, including the Columbia Basin Trust

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The Kaslo Trailblazers Bridge
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Kaslo Highway Signage

Professional signage welcoming visitors was erected at the south and west highway accesses to Kaslo.

This project was completed in Fall 2008 in partnership with the Kaslo and District Chamber of Commerce and Columbia Basin Trust.

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Welcome signs at south (Nelson) entrance
 
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