In the last year, community groups across the Basin undertook 25 new projects that rehabilitate, enhance or develop recreational trails. The Basin is renowned for its network of hiking, biking, horseback riding and Nordic ski trails. With more people staying local and exploring their surroundings, many of the projects supported by the Trust’s Trail Enhancement Grants aim to get residents into nature to support community well-being – a priority of the Trust. In addition to creating new trails, these projects focus on activities like repairing damaged trails, increasing accessibility for a variety of users, addressing environmental issues, incorporating Indigenous cultural or heritage values, and repairing or adding trail infrastructure and amenities.

The Lettrari Loop is a well-known and popular trail located near Kaslo. In 2020, the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society, Kaslo Mountain Bike Club, Village of Kaslo and Kaslo & District Community Forest Society oversaw a reroute to a portion of the loop, including building a new bridge, to bypass industrial traffic in the area. Other Kaslo-area trail work in 2020 included upgrades and additions to the No Brakes trail and completion of the Songbird Loop trail.

Thirty-five kilometres west of Creston, on Kootenay Pass, is the 1.7-kilometre Ka Papa Cedars trail—Ka Papa in Ktunaxa means “my grandfather.” Built and maintained by the Trails for Creston Valley Society, with the first section completed in 2018, Ka Papa Cedars now also has nine new interpretive signs that guide you through towering old-growth cedars and a rich forest floor, providing historical, environmental and cultural education to enhance your experience.

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