- VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR November 3, 2017
With our thanks to the many volunteers over the years…
- TRAIL CLOSURE October 25, 2017
(Oct 15 to Nov 30/17) BC Parks is conducting scheduled rock scaling on the Myra Canyon trail between Trestle 1 (closest to Ruth Gate) and Trestle 6. This part of the trail – from Trestle 1 to Trestle 6 – is closed from October 15 to November 30, 2017.
- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED August 21, 2017
Call for Volunteers for September and October 2017
It has been a long hot and dry summer! With the real risk of fire across BC, we decided to postpone maintenance work on the Myra Trail system until the risk eases. As a result our brushing work is behind schedule. Brushing work involves cutting back bushes and overhanging trees that grow into and over top of the trail.
To volunteer, the skills involved are pruning, sawing and clean up/raking. We supply equipment.
We are scheduling several work parties in September to catch up with our annual maintenance. Please consider offering your time and energy. To volunteer, please email your contact information to: firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond with our scheduled dates and additional instructions. Thank you.
- VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR!!! August 21, 2017
August 17, 2017: MCTRS recognized for its work
The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society has been recognized for its work in maintaining and enhancing the Myra Canyon trestles. The group was among several that will receive the 2016 BC Parks Volunteer Awards.
“A big thank you and congratulations to the 2016 BC Parks Volunteer Awards winners. These British Columbians are passionate about our heritage, parks and natural areas and their efforts are helping to preserve them for generations to come. To spend countless hours and, in some cases, decades without being paid to further what they believe in, is simply remarkable,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy.
- The Snow is Gone !! May 19, 2017
Volunteers of the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society headed up to the Myra Canyon Trestles yesterday (May 18, 2017) to do our annual spring inspection. The snow is now gone from the area, and the trail was found in reasonably good shape. There is a lot of spring runoff so water is running across the trail in areas, but the trail is holding up fine. Several downed trees were removed along with fallen rock. There are a few minor mudslides that will need clearing, but visitors will be able to get around them. With the sunny weather finally here, quite a few visitors were already up there.
Just a caution to everyone. The gravel forestry roads up to the Myra Canyon on both the Ruth and Myra sides, along with the parking lots, are in terrible condition. You will need to drive slowly and cautiously. We are reporting this to BC Parks and are hoping the roads will be graded soon. Any complaints should be directed to them.
- Spring has Sprung May 7, 2017
Well, it has been a long, cold, and snowy winter, followed by a late, cool, and wet spring! But it does look more spring-like in the valley bottom now, with lots of fresh green and spring blossoms popping up everywhere. Cyclists and hikers are itching to get moving, and many are looking forward to heading up to the Myra Canyon.
The Myra Canyon Trestles, at an altitude of 1430 m (915m above Kelowna), is still experiencing early spring weather. Melting water is running and puddling on the trail, snow is still lurking, especially in shady spots, and mud/rock slides or fallen trees could be impeding the trail.
With the late spring, members of our Society have been unable to access the route to inspect the trail and begin spring maintenance. We hope to do so within the next couple of weeks and will update the website as soon as that inspection is complete.
So anyone wanting to visit should be cautious and prepare for the conditions and the weather. Temperatures are usually several degrees cooler than downtown, especially in the mornings and evenings. And rainclouds love to dump their moisture up there!
While on the topic of visitors to the trestles, we would like to remind everyone that this is both a hiking and cycling trail. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail except for physically disabled folks’ powered chairs/scooters.
Cyclists are reminded to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at all times. They may not hear you coming when cycling up behind them, so please ring your bicycle bell or verbally warn them that you are there.
When cycling across the trestles please walk your bikes past other bicyclists and pedestrians. Our visitors have varying degrees of cycling skills and we don’t want anyone getting hurt. The deck is too narrow for safe passing. Both cyclists and pedestrians have been injured when going off the decking and slipping between the ties.
We want everyone to have a great time. So please show courtesy to all your fellow visitors.
And don’t forget to bring your leashed doggies with you. They love to go walking too! But you must clean up after them and bring all garbage home for disposal.
Finally, have a great time. The Myra Canyon is a special place, and smiling faces are the norm up here!
- OK Heli October 21, 2016
The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society would like to say a BIG Thank You to Okanagan Mountain Helicopters, and especially George Cann, for the extremely generous donation of a helicopter tour of the Okanagan Lake and Myra Canyon to our recently retired founding director, Graham Bruce. Graham was so excited to receive this gift, and he had an amazing ride. To ad-lib, Graham stated “it looks so different from the air” Thank you so much, Okanagan Mountain Helicopters. We are overwhelmed with all the support we have received over the years from our local business community.
- May 12, 2016
The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society volunteers have now removed the many trees across the trail between Myra and Ruth gates, and also moved aside some of the rocks that were on the trail. The trail is now fully open to bikers or hikers for their enjoyment. A Bobcat will be brought in at a later date to do further cleanup work, and to remove slide material at the side of the trail. A caution however as strong winds could bring down additional trees damaged in the 2003 fire at any time.
- Trail conditions April 27, 2016
As of April 26, 2016 there is still some snow on and along the trail in sheltered areas. There are approximately 20 downed trees across the trail between the Myra Parking Lot and a point eight kilometres beyond. The trail is still passable but bikers will need to lift bikes over downed trees, or dismount and walk them around the ends. There are reports of many downed trees near the Ruth end of Myra Canyon and snow on the trail, but the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society has not been in yet to carry out a detailed assessment. The snow near the Ruth end is expected to persist for some time yet.
- Trail Status Open February 20, 2016
February 13, 2016. The road up to the Myra parking lot has been plowed and sanded and is in excellent condition. The parking lot has been plowed as far as the gate and a turn-around created for users. The snow on the trail is packed down, making for relatively easy access for users. There is about 24 inches of snow accumulation on the level which is above the 15 inches normal for up there this time of year. Unless temperatures are well above normal it is likely that there will be snow in the rock cuts until early May. If you experience obstacles, it would be appreciated if you would notify us.
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