Kaslo River Trail is a wilderness activity trail following the banks of the Kaslo River located west of the community of Kaslo in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada. The dirt and boardwalk trail includes a beautiful wooden foot bridge crossing the Kaslo River, some remnants of an old pioneer dam and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities... not to mention the peaceful sounds or river and forest hiking.
The Kaslo River Trail is a year round sightseeing path. The well maintained community trail project was designed to protect the sensitive riparian eco system lining the shores of the river , yet, still create some recreational and sightseeing benefits.
The trail follows, both, the north and south banks of the river. The two recreation paths are connected by a 106 foot bridge on the west end and, on the east end, of the community of Kaslo. Together they create a loop route for many activities. Some of the activities enjoyed include hiking, jogging, birdwatching and mountain biking in the summer and cross country skiing in the winter.
The north side trail is 1.2 kilometres long eventually connecting to Railroad Avenue in the community of Kaslo. The north side trail is wheelchair accessible and includes 8 interpretive stations. The south side of the river trail is 1.4 kilometres long and connects to Spruce Street near the golf course in town. Both trails have plans for expansion. Along the trail are a few areas with picnic tables and sitting benches.
Some of the wildlife spotted from the Kaslo River Trail include the mule deer, lynx, northern alligator lizard, western toad, white tailed deer, long toed salamander, moose, black bear, grizzly bear and wolverine. Birdwatching is also a good activity to enjoy on the trail . Some of the birds spotted from the trail include the western bluebird, great blue heron, american kestrel, winter wren, stellar's jay and western bluebird,
During the pioneer days between 1896 to 1962 the Kaslo River produced hydro electric power for the small community. When hiking along the trail there are still remnants of the historic dam, the pipeline and penstock once used to power up the area.
Kaslo River Hiking Trail / Walk, Kaslo, British Columbia, Canada
How To Get To: Kaslo River Hiking TrailTravel to the community of Kaslo , BC on Hwy #31. The primary trailhead entrance is located at the end of Railroad Avenue in the town of Kaslo. There is another trailhead entrance in town at the end of Spruce Street. There is also a western trailhead entrance located on Highway 31 as you are leaving Kaslo.