I have received a few emails as to how to connect with other hikers in Revelstoke. Thought I would give this a try to help hikers of Revelstoke connect.
Thanks to everyone who made it out on Monday night to give your input. If you didn’t get the chance to see what the City is planning you can have look at the documents here.
Give it a read over then fill out the survey to give your input. This survey is super important because it will provide City staff with a tool to see what the priorities are and where they should spend money first.
The City of Revelstoke, Fraser Blythe of Selkirk Planning and Design, and a handful of other local stakeholders have recently been working on what will become the Revelstoke Trails Strategy. Once completed the City will reference this document to make future decisions on the trails within the city limits. I have attended the stakeholder meetings and have given my input on what I think needs to be included in such a document. Please come out to the Open House this Monday and have a look and what the document looks like so far. Now is the chance to voice your input as well. See you there.
A member of the Shuswap Outdoors emailed me the other day to let me know that he was planning to organize a work party on the Macpherson West Approach Trail. He is proposing a re-routing of the trail through a few of the steep and wet sections. No dates have been set but if you are interested in helping out please email me and I will pass on his contact info. It would be great if we could get a few people from Revelstoke to help out on this worthy project!
I have had a few people lately email me with details of their adventures and updates to the trail descriptions listed on the site. Keep the feedback coming people! I really want this site to include info from all its users. If my trail descriptions are out of date or incorrect please let me know. If you know of trails I have missed and want them included please email me. Finally, I welcome any photos you have from these trails and your adventures. I would be more than happy to post them, including them in the route descriptions. Thanks. Ben
There will be an open house at the Revelstoke Community Centre on September 24 between 3-7pm regarding the future of the roads that lead to Mount McCrae. This will also include the roads leading to Mount Sprout and Arrowhead. Stella Jones is finished their logging in the area and is proposing to deactivate the roads. Hopefully the government will step in and take responsibility for the roads. Please come out to this open house to show your support of how important it is to have access to these areas.
Turnout for the first meeting was excellent. So we are meeting again this Monday June 23rd 7:00pm at the same location. Ministry of Forests Boardroom 1761 Big Eddy Road. Hope to see you all there.
Revelstoke Trail Alliance Meeting June 2, 2014 Minutes
- Call to order
Call to order at 6:30 pm.
Ben Wilkey, Doug Sproul, Mike Gravelle, Angus McLean-Wilson, Scott Creighton, Fred Cox, David Roney, Neville Budgen, Keith McNab, Darek Glowacki, Heather Sproul, Mark Hartley, Lorraine Blancher, Colby Olsen, Meghan Tabor, Mike Fallaise, Sarah ?, Warren Daniluck, Robert Mohr, Kylene Engleby.
- Agenda Additions
- Review of Minutes from last meeting
The first meeting was intended to be an informal gathering of people interested in a resurrection of the ‘Revelstoke Trail Alliance’ (RTA).
The meeting began with introductions. Each of those in attendance introduced themselves, gave brief reasons for coming to the meeting and shared their vision of what the RTA could look like in the future.
Attendees shared past experience with Revelstoke’s trails, trail maintenance, trail funding and trail development.
Many ideas were put forth in regards to what should be a starting point for the Society. It was decided that although the former RTA paperwork didn’t exactly fit the motivation and focus of those present, it would be easier to assume the RTA paperwork rather than create an entirely new Society. It was established that the RTA paperwork was currently in good standing. Society name, mandate and directors could all be changed to better suit the goals of the Society.
Despite the wide range of ideas that were brought forth, it was decided that it would be best to concentrate the focus of the Society. Specifically Foot Trails (i.e. Hiking and Trail Running). If we start small and have success with a single project, it would demonstrate documented success and provide a greater chance of securing funding in the future. Membership numbers were also discussed as an important factor in applying for funding. Possible sources of funding could come from the Revelstoke Hotel and Infastructure Grant, Columbia Basin Trust and MEC.
It was decided the main goal for the next meeting should be to establish a plan to restructure the current RTA paperwork. Essentially Society members should identify a name to better suit our purpose (i.e. Revelstoke Foot Trail Association), identify a new mandate (i.e. To identify, maintain, legitimize and support the development of new foot trails, under Section 58 of the BC Forest and Range Practices Act, surrounding Revelstoke for the sole purposes of foot travel) and elect a new board of directors. These changes will then have to be submitted to the government for approval. Those in attendance were asked to consider whether they would be interested in a director position.
Further discussion included possible work groups beginning this summer. This would include maintenance of existing high priority foot trails. This priority will be assessed with consultation from the new Revelstoke Recreation Sites and Trails Manager, Ian McLellan.
Possible secondary goal discussions for this summer included ‘legitimizing’ one or more of the existing trails that are not officially covered under Section 58 of the Forest and Range Practices Act. Several trails were discussed. Attendees were asked to bring their own top three list for trails that could be considered.
A date for the next Revelstoke Trails Alliance meeting was set for June 23 7:00 pm at the same location. Ministry of Forest and Range Revelstoke boardroom (1761 Big Eddy Road).
Adjourned at approx. 8:00 pm.
Its official. We will be meeting next Monday June 2nd 6:30pm at the Ministry of Forests and Range boardroom. Located at 1761 Big Eddy Road. Send me an email if you would like to join us and help shape the future of Revelstoke’s Trails. Hope to see you all there.
Have you had adventures on some of the trails around Revelstoke this summer? Do you see the value in promoting and preserving these trails? Are you interested in being a part of maintaining, planning and constructing new trails in the area? We are looking for interested people who share the same passion for the trails around Revelstoke and want to get involved in the beginnings of a Revelstoke Trails Society. The plans is to sit down this fall with all those that are interested and start brainstorming ideas on how we can make this happen. Salmon Arm, Nakusp, Castlegar, Rossland all have organized trail groups that bring in big money to invest into their trail networks. Revelstoke needs to do the same. If you are interested email me Ben Wilkey at email@example.com. I will add your email to the list and inform everyone when a date is set to meet this fall.