Throughout history our forests have served vital and multifaceted roles for our communities. The segment undergoing rapid growth during recent years, both in economic and social terms, is forest recreation. As health awareness and a need to balance our increasingly electronic environment take on a primary focus in our lives, our forests have experienced a shift from traditional uses to a new adventure playground offering competitive and technically skilled challenges such as mountain biking, ridge races, tree skiing and geocaching circuits.
Offering breathtaking lake to mountaintop scenery, Kaslo and surrounding communities have embraced the new opportunities, rolled up their volunteer sleeves and are well on their way of building a comprehensive formal and informal forest recreation infrastructure, much of which lies within the Community Forest Tenure area. The Mt. Buchanan Recreation Tenure (REC166673) was established in 2012 within the Community Forest license area and with support from the KDCFS. The recreation tenure is maintained by the Kaslo Outdoor Recreation and Trails Society (KORTS) in partnership with Recreation Sites and Trails BC.
The Mt Buchanan Recreation Tenure is now the site of tracked cross-country skiing trails along the old Wagon Road, a skier’s warming hut and a network of Mountain Bike trails, all due to the hard work of local volunteer recreation groups and support from provincial funding.
Old Galena mining trails provide access to the higher elevations and historic mining mementos and motorized recreation is taking advantage of the operational logging roads and trails to reach summer and winter mountain top destinations.
Mt. Buchanan Recreation Area Map
Trail Alliance Management Plan
Buchanan Lookout Notice
Kaslo Mountain Bike Initiative