Trails society looks to make Seven Summits a loop

The Kootenay Columbia Trail Society hopes to make Rossland's Seven Summits bike trail into a loop.

The Kootenay Columbia Trail Society has its sights set on turning the famous Seven Summits bike trail into a loop. Currently, the Rossland area trail is ridden as a one way, 30 km trail, but the KCTS told council last week that they are looking at the possibility of making it into a 65 km loop.

Isaac Saban, president of the KCTS said that the extra 24 km, which would connect the city to Nancy Green summit, would cater to the long distance bikers.

The city of Rossland currently contributes $19,000, as well as another $14,000 indirectly through the regional district.

The society has a total budget of about $100,000 he said, which comes through donations, membership and other contributions.

That allows the KCTS to pay for insurance and maintenance on the trail network, which is required for the insurance policy to provide public access on private land.

“The vast majority of the trails are located on private land,” he said.

Saban argued that the KCTS provides great value for money as the $100,000 in funds allows something like 120,000 individual uses of the trails.

“That’s us looking at the numbers that we see in the sign-in areas,” he said. “And using counters that unfortunately only pick up bicycles, because they require the metal to trip the counters.”

Because of that he estimates there are more people who are walking or running the trails, who are not counted.

Saban said that the trails around Rossland are also being used as a model for others in Western Canada.

“Other areas are not as fortunate to have the funding we receive, and it makes all the difference in the world,” he said. “People who come here and use the trails are blown away by the quality of trails and the maintenance here that they don’t see anywhere else.”


Just Posted

Rossland council split on arena fix

Rossland council approves band-aid for arena, while its future is debated

Fruitvale man identified in fatal zipline accident in Thailand

Spencer Donaldson, 25, was from Fruitvale, B.C., the city’s mayor has confirmed

Fruitvale man, 25, dies after falling from zipline in Thailand, reports say

Bangkok Post says man fell from Flight of the Gibbon zipline in Chiang Mai

Facing high regulatory barriers, Kootenay cannabis producers gather for support

Symposium on barriers facing legalization attended by hundreds

U.S. and Canada continue to talk Columbia River Treaty

Katrine Conroy says flood risk and hydro power were topics of discussion

UPDATE: Four victims identified in deadly Penticton shooting spree

John Brittain, 68, faces three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder

Prince George sweeps to first-ever BC Hockey League crown

Spruce Kings beat Vernon Vipers 3-1 in the Okanagan Wednesday for 13th straight playoff win

Hwang’s first MLS goal lifts Whitecaps to 1-0 win over LAFC

Vancouver picks up first victory of season

Child-proof your windows ahead of warm weather: B.C. expert

Fifteen children were taken to BC Children’s Hospital for falls in 2018

B.C. trucker pleads guilty to lesser charges in fatal Manitoba crash

Gurjant Singh was fined $3,000 and given a one-year driving prohibition.

Study links preschool screen time to behavioural and attention problems

The research looked at more than 2,400 families

More than $100,000 raised for family of professional skier who died near Pemberton

Dave Treadway leaves behind his pregnant wife and two young boys

BC SPCA asks public for donations after puppy caught in trap

The puppy’s medical bills are expected to amount to more than $4,600

B.C. party bus monitors required to watch for booze, drugs on board

New rule in time for grad outings, minister Claire Trevena says

Most Read