While a number of shelters in the Rossland Range Recreation Site are being torn down and rebuilt, one shelter will remain standing after a bit of a renovation.
Red Dog, located on the north side of the highway, is relatively easy to access on foot or by snowshoe and is a heavily used shelter. It’s also the only pre-existing shelter that met the basic Recreation Site standards, and that’s why it was selected for a renovation instead of a rebuild.
Don Vockeroth, who along with his family and Michelle Cordiez, has taken on the renovation, explains that the woodshed will be replaced and there will be a porch for people to sit on.
“The woodshed, which is attached to the back of the building…, it was hard to keep clean because a lot of rats and rodents got in there, so we’re going to build a new woodshed, just outside to the left,” says Don.
Red Dog itself will have some new windows and doors installed, a new bench built along one of the walls, and its floors refinished.
“We don’t want to do too much, because sometimes those old log cabins … if you do too much, then they’re not old log cabins anymore,” says Vockeroth.
The new renovation will also see a new outhouse put in at Red Dog.
“We’ve got that all painted, now we’ve got to haul it up and dig a new location for it,” says Vockaroth.
The improvements will also include better signage to help hikers, skiers and snowshoers find their way to Red Dog, and a small change to one of the trails.
“There’s a bit of a trail that takes off that little road that goes up and then it’s quite steep for a small section. We’re just going to bypass that, make it a lot more walkable,” says Vockeroth.
The project will begin in September and still needs more volunteers. Anyone interested can contact Don Vockeroth at 250-231-4612 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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