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Lois Creek trails are open for recreation, but please keep physical distancing measures in place out there. Conditions are suitable for hiking and biking, but riders should avoid making ruts when riding in wet, muddy areas.

Updates:

November 12, 2021

Friends of Lois Creek invites you to learn about recent upgrades to the Lois Creek trail system, enhancements to our kiosks and maps, and two proposed housing developments that could significantly increase trail usage in Lois Creek. Please attend our AGM on Wednesday Nov. 24 at 7 pm in Centennial Hall.

Other topics include our summer goat grazing program to raise awareness about invasive spotted knapweed, installation of an historic ski bench, and a report on the excellent fire mitigation work last spring by BC Wildfire crews.
Proof of vaccination will be required to attend the meeting. We hope to see you there.

May 17, 2021

Please be advised that the wildfire crews are scheduled to start work this week on A Frame / Totem and 401 from Barts/401 Jct. to the Chute connector. For more information please see our blog post https://lctrails.ca/chainsaws-at-work/

April 19, 2021

Friends of Lois Creek would like to thank the Kootenay Freewheelers’ Cycling Club for the recent donation of $500 to be put toward the Lois Creek trail system. The Freewheelers have also donated to a number of other groups including the Kimberley Trails Society, Kimberley Nature Park Society and Cranbrook Community Forest Society. Funds come from membership dues and club fundraising events, mostly the annual Round the Mountain Festival.

“Kimberley’s trails are important to all of us,” says club member Nigel Kitto. “We want to make sure we are contributing to trail maintenance and promoting the value of our trail networks. Our club continues to advocate for responsible use of our trail networks while being respectful of other trail users.”

Thanks for caring, Kootenay Freewheelers!

Dec 22

Hi Friends of Lois Creek

Season’s greetings, and happy winter solstice! The SnowDog has been out grooming Lois Creek trails for walkers, runners, snowshoers and bike riders, and the cross-country ski tracks will be groomed soon. Winter signs have been posted, and we want to remind everyone of basic winter trail etiquette:

• Walkers and Runners – stay on groomed or packed trails, and avoid cross-country ski tracks. If your feet are sinking into the snow (post-holing), it is good etiquette to turn around and retrace your steps.

• Fat-Tire Bikers – stay on groomed or packed trails, and avoid cross-country ski trails.

• Snowshoers – snowshoeing is appropriate on all trails unless designated as cross-country skiing only.

• Cross-Country Skiers – be aware of other users, and stay on designated ski tracks.

As always, please pick up after your pets. With so many different types of users, we ask that you be mindful of trail conditions and help maintain trail integrity this winter so everyone can enjoy our beautiful Lois Creek trail system.

Nov 13

Our Furry Friends Gallery now has 100 dog pictures

https://lctrails.ca/furry-friends/

Sept 25

Mainstreams, a local water stewardship organization, is hosting three free family-friendly Water Walks exploring Lois Creek, Eimer’s Lake, and Mark Creek.

The first walk on Sept. 26 is to Eimer’s Lake, with Lois Creek following on Oct. 3 and Mark Creek Oct. 17.

The walks are being organized with funding from the BC Hydro Community Giving Program. Each walk will be limited to 10 participants.

To register, email register@mainstreams.ca.

water walks

Sept 9

Most of the downed trees from the recent windstorm have been cleared or partially cleared from the trails, and work is continuing to remove any trees still remaining.  Please be careful out there – lots of leaners are still coming down.

Big thanks to the FoLC volunteers and members of the biking community who helped out yesterday – your work is much appreciated. 

Sept 2

Does anyone know what has happened to the hatchet and small axe at Loop D Loop fire pit? These tools were donated some time ago by a member of FoLC. If anyone knows their whereabouts, please let us know before they are replaced. Thanks!

Aug 13

Update from Steeples Veterinary Clinic:

We do have an update regarding some of the suspected poisonings in our area, and while we still don’t have all the answers, we have some action items that our community can help us with. We have toxicology results from a patient who was walking in the Gold Creek area and they came back positive for Compound 1080. This is the same toxin that was found in the Cranbrook Community Forest cases in 2017. Now, the biggest difference here is that the concentration of the toxin was very different, leading the pathologist to believe that this time it was a secondary poisoning. This would mean that there was a victim of the poison (likely a wild animal) that passed away and then a second animal (dog) found the remains and ingested some.

This shows how truly devastating and dangerous Compound 1080 is. Compound 1080 is an animal toxicant used to control wolves and coyotes in the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan only (it is not available in BC). There is no way of knowing for sure if this was purchased with the intent to bait dogs or to control predators, but regardless of why it has been purchased, we know that it is being used in this area illegally and obviously has a devastating impact on our pets. Please click the following link for more information on Compound 1080:

https://www.canada.ca/…/document-compound-1080-rvd2014-03.h…

How can you help?

For starters, please click the above link and read about Compound 1080. Please also visit www.wolfawareness.org This is a non-profit organization that, among other things, is fighting to make poisons like Compound 1080 illegal to purchase. There is a section on their site (https://www.wolfawareness.org/poison-comment) where you can submit a letter to our government to help persuade them to reevaluate the legality of these poisons. Their goal is 5000 individual letters and they are almost at 3000. If you have the time to submit one, please do so!

In the Community Forest in 2017, it was confirmed that Compound 1080 was the cause of death for those suspicious toxicities during that time. This year, there were some mixed results which still leaves some questions we cannot answer. We know ethylene glycol (antifreeze) was the cause of two, and Compound 1080 secondary poisoning was the cause of two more. The case in Lois Creek trails in Kimberley is still a mystery. This patient did not come back positive for any Compound 1080, ethylene glycol, or have any other clues from the necropsy. So, we cannot prove or disprove it was a poisoning as the pathologist and toxicologist could not provide us with any more answers.

While we have some answers, we still don’t know everything. We hope you always exercise caution when out walking with your dog regardless and report anything suspicious to the RCMP.

– The team at Steeples Veterinary Clinic

July 23

Here’s a beautiful shot of the new A-Frame reroute around a chronic seasonal wet area in Lois Creek Trails. The project was successful thanks to many volunteers and the KTS trail crew. Thanks everyone!

July 22

Superb trail work being done by wildfire crews on Blake’s Single Track. Head’s up everyone, they’re still working out there.

July 7

Friends of Lois Creek has received the following update from Steeples Veterinary Clinic on the suspected case of dog poisoning in Lois Creek Trails recently:

Thank you for checking in. So far, there is no definitive proof for the cause of death of Stella. The necropsy and histopathology came back inconclusive which means that there were no underlying health concerns or diseases to explain the sudden death. This supports the theory of an actual poisoning. Of course, it was suspicious from the beginning, but these tests helped confirm that there didn’t seem to be anything natural happening there.

Toxicology testing is still pending. We aren’t sure about the turnaround time on this bSuperb trail work being done by wildfire crews on Blake’s Single Track. Head’s up, everyone, they’re still working out there. Thanks, guys!ut please check back in again in a week or two. Hopefully we will have some answers from then!

FoLC will follow up with Steeples, and we will report any new developments.

June 19

A large brown bear was seen on Blake’s Single Track early Friday evening.

A fire crew from the BC South East Fire Center will be working on ground fuel mitigation until the end of June. They will be concentrating on Blake’s Single Track from Loop D Loop to the Teaspot. Crew members will be falling danger trees in some locations.

June 15

A black bear was sighted about half way through the Tighty Whitey Monday afternoon.

June 10

Steeples Veterinary Clinic (Facebook Page)

We are saddened to have to say, please keep a close eye on your dogs again, and perhaps avoid off-leash walks for now. We had another suspicious case on emergency, this time from Lois Creek trails in Kimberley.

We are asking the public that if you have any information on any of the suspicious cases recently, to please call the RCMP as soon as possible.

Our hearts go out to the families who have had to experience this. We love this area, and we love our pets. Please be careful with your dogs right now, and please let the RCMP know if you have any information on the topic.
Stay safe out there.

A phone call with Steeples has confirmed that a young dog has died after walking on the Lois Creek Trails. Cause of death is not known yet, but the death is suspicious.

Lois Creek trails are popular for hiking and biking in the non-snow months, and for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in winter. The area offers a variety of trail experiences including double- and single-track routes weaving through mature forest and rock outcroppings, often along Lois Creek. Trails are mostly beginner to intermediate, with a few technical single-track trails containing roots and loose rocks.

Each year Friends of Lois Creek (FOLC), a member group of the Kimberley Trails Society, manages ongoing trail maintenance, an invasive weed-pulling program, improvements to infrastructure, and a number of organized events. FOLC also works with community organizations to facilitate learning about the Lois Creek watershed.

Lois Creek trails are accessed from Townsite, a subdivision in the northeast corner of Kimberley. There are three main entrances:

3 main trail entrances

1. Elko Street Entrance: 8 Avenue and Elko Street

2. Lindsay Park Entrance: north end of Trail Street

3. Centennial Hall Entrance:
4 Avenue and Waldie Road near Centennial Centre

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  1. Aug 15

    I asked Steeples about providing an update on Stella, the dog who died recently in Lois Creek, and this is their response:

    The death of Stella does not appear to be linked with the recent poisonings, but the cause of death is unknown so please practice caution on the trails.

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