In 1993, members of the community recognized that the Myra Canyon trestles and trail had become unsafe due to acts of destruction and vandalism. Ties and timbers from the trestles had been removed and had been either tossed over the edge, or pilfered. This left large gaps on the decks, making passage over the trestles quite perilous. Consequently, a small group decided to save the trestles from further destruction and the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society was born. The constitution of the society reads:
(a) To upgrade trestles in the Myra Canyon to improve safe public passage;
(b) To improve and maintain the former Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way between Little White Forest Service Road, at approximately Mile 90.5, and Myra Forest Service Road, at approximately Mile 84.5, including, but not limited to, tunnels, access, parking facilities and trailways.
(c) To preserve, protect, and promote the heritage, historical and environmental features of Myra Canyon.
From 1993 to 1995, the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, together with the generous financial support of individuals and the business community, undertook to place decks and guard rails on all 18 trestles within the Myra Canyon section of the old Kettle Valley Railway line. This feat was accomplished through the efforts of members of the society, as well as many volunteers within the community. Once the task of improving the safety of the trail was completed, the Society continued to maintain the trail and added refinements such as viewing benches, toilets and interpretive signs. Of special importance, the Society also placed a heavy wooden portal at the end of one of the tunnels to reduce the danger of falling rocks, undertook rock scaling and slope stabilization, and regularly brushed the trail to prevent it from becoming overgrown with vegetation.
Much of this work was destroyed by the disastrous Okanagan Mountain Park fire, but the basic structure of the trail including 2 tunnels, 4 wooden trestles, and 2 large steel trestles remains intact. It is the intention of the Society, with help from the private sector and individuals, to raise funds to assist senior levels of government to rebuild all the trestles and other damaged infrastructure. For news on the progress of rebuilding the trestles, go to News & Events of our website.
We are a registered non-profit society numbering, in 2004 approximately 150 members, of whom 15 currently sit on the Board of Directors. New members are always welcome, and if interested, the membership application form is available online.