City joins challenge

City of Rossland joins walking challenge

Rossland is becoming as well known for its trail system as it is its skiing!  In the last three weeks, the Recreation Department has received several phone calls from the community of Squamish – which is clearly envious of our trail system and looking for “insider information”!

As a community we’re lucky to have had many of our trails eked out of the forest by mining pioneers, over 100 years ago.  The Railgrade, Wagon Road and Whiskey trails are all examples of old trails with steep histories – dating back to prohibition, the creation of Teck Cominco and the Chinese Gardens area in lower Rossland.    Newer trails are being built all the time – thanks to the hard work and dedication of the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society, local volunteers, contractors and the Planning Department.   Our community currently has at least 32 trails covering 170kms, including the Seven Summits Trail, an IMBA Epic Trail.

If you’re interested in learning more about trails in our area, there are a few great, local websites that you can take a look at.  For mountain biking enthusiasts, check out  The Kootenay Columbia Trails Society website is .  If you’d like a copy of the new trails map for the Rossland area, they can be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce and at Revolution Cycle.  If you’d like a topographic map of the Nancy Green pass area, the Recreation Department has a good one that also shows the cabins.

Because we have such a great network of trails in our community, the Recreation Department has registered Rossland into a Provincial contest – the Healthy Families BC Walking Challenge.  This is an online contest, similar to the one Rossland participated in for the Aviva Contest to support RSS.  The Walking Challenge contest has individuals and communities across BC competing for great prizes by sharing favourite walking tips, mapping the best local routes, celebrating community and entering to win great prizes.  It’s easy to get started!   Log on to and then click on the “Find Your Community” button.  Click on the letter “R” and then select Rossland.  Click on the “Create an Entry” button.  Fill in the information about your favourite trail or a walk you’ve recently enjoyed and then check the “I have read and agreed to….” button before clicking the “Submit my Entry” button.  Each time you “create an entry”, it counts as an entry in the draw, for both the individual who entered and the community the walk is associated with.

In each week of the contest, over 30 prizes from a random draw of participants who have entered at least one story, video, photograph or walking map onto the contest website will be awarded a prize.  Over 200 prizes will be awarded, including bicycles, one-year family memberships to local recreation centres, and trips to exciting vacation destinations across BC.  Your chances are better, the more stories you submit.

Here’s the exciting part for Rossland!  The five communities with the most postings – one from each population size category – will win $10,000 to upgrade a local walking trail. One of the five winning communities will be selected by a random draw to win an additional $50,000!  With the recent success of our online voting for the Aviva Grant – we could be serious contenders!  As an added incentive to participate, the Recreation Department also has prizes to distribute – including pedometers, t-shirts, wallets and water bottles.  If you use the same name to register each entry, we’ll award a weekly prize to the individual who has posted the most entries.  We’ll keep the community updated and announce the winner each week.

There’s nothing limiting cyclists and runners from participating either.  As long as the trail is “walkable” it can be submitted as an entry.

If you’re getting out there, getting your exercise, and you enjoy the trail system – create an entry for the contest!  You’ll be entered into multiple opportunities to win some great prizes and you’ll have enjoyed some exercise.  Happy walking!











Just Posted

Discussion centres on the future of English Grade 8 at RSS

Parents met with the principal to discuss the future of English Grade 8 at Rossland Summit School.

Rossland St. Andrew’s United Church planning for restoration

Rossland’s United Church has received a CBT grant to support a restoration of the Red Roof Church.

Interior Health facilities score high in housekeeping audits

Housekeeping audits for health facilities in the region show most are above the auditor’s benchmark.

RCMP urge drivers to be more cautious

The top causes of accidents in the West Kootenay are distracted driving, impaired driving and speed.

FortisBC explains rate change proposal

FortisBC met with customers in Castlegar to explain their new time-of-use rate proposal.

The 2018 B.C. Games wrap up in Kamloops

The B.C. Winter Games comes to a close after a weekend of fun and excitment

How to keep local news visible in your Facebook feed

Facebook has changed the news feed to emphasize personal connections. You might see less news.

Naval ship spills 30,000 litres of fuel in the Strait of Georgia

HMCS Calgary spilled fuel east of Nanaimo and Parksville on Saturday

B.C. boosts support for former youth in government care

More support coming for rent, child care and health care while they go back to school

Concert-goers unfazed by Hedley sexual misconduct allegations

Frontman Jacob Hoggard thanked fans from the ‘bottom of our hearts’ at Halifax’s Scotiabank Centre

Control, agility and grace take gymnastics stage at the B.C. Games

Athletes often made the sport seem effortless during the Kamloops 2018 B.C. Winter Games

Original B.C. Games participant-turned-sensei officiating 39 years later

Langley judo sensei was a competitor at the inaugural B.C. Winter Games 40 years ago

Police watchdog probes B.C. man’s taser death in alleged parental child abduction

Independent Investigations Office called in after one male dies

PHOTOS: Harnessing diverse abilities on the court at the B.C. Games

Basketball is one of two Special Olympics events at the B.C. Winter Games in Kamloops

Most Read