What is the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society all About?

Posted by Justin Havre on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 11:48am.

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The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society is the organization that was created by members in 1993 who wanted to recognize the trestles and trails of Myra Canyon that had become unsafe from vandalism and destruction.

With the removal of timbers and tiles from the trestles that were tossed over edge or pilfered, large gaps were formed on the decks making passage over them dangerous. The Myra Canyon Trestle Society formed to save the trestles and prevent further destruction. Here is a look at what the society is all about.

What is the goal of the Society?

The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society has three main objectives. First and foremost, they work to upgrade trestles at Myra Canyon for a safer passage for public visitors. They also work to preserve, promote and protect the heritage, environmental and historical features of the Canyon.

Lastly, they work to maintain and continually improve the former Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way between Little White Forest Service Road at Mile 90.5 and Myra Forest Service Road at Mile 84.5 to include tunnels, parking facilities tunnels and trail ways.

Being a non-profit society in the community, they have around 150 members and growing. Members can join for $10 by completing an online form and paying the membership fee.

Disastrous Fires of 2003 and Reconstruction of the Trestles

Back in 2003, the Okanagan Valley saw its fifth year of droughts making forest fires more dangerous. In August lightning struck in Okanagan Mountain Park which started a fire. Burning for a month, the fire consumed over 200 Kelowna homes, 20,000 acres of fore and parkland and eventually reached the Myra Canyon trestles in September.

After destroying 12 wooden structures and damaging two steel bridges, along with the trail and amenities built over the years, the trestles had to event be rebuilt. The first trestle was rebuilt in 2004 and five more were completed in 2005 and eventually 8 more by 2008.

This is a look at the important work that the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society does in the community.

Justin Havre

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