April 12/19
Lighthouse Work Parties Confirmed

The first two work parties have been confirmed for the Pilot Bay Lighthouse painting project.
1. On Friday Apr 26, we will be on the ferry at 8:10 to go pressure wash the outside. We'll need a couple of other volunteers besides myself to help pull the washer up to the lighthouse, hold the ladder and generally get a little damp.
2. Weather permitting, the second work party will be a three day affair starting on May 11 and running through the weekend. It is NOT necessary to commit to all three days. The goal at the end of the three days will be to have the cupola and the railings painted and to get the bottom of the building painted up to 8 or 10 feet. That will allow the building to be re-opened to the public. The rest of the painting will be scheduled for later in May.If you can, please consider coming out to help. We had a fun weekend last time with lots of laughs in good company.

April 3/19
Volunteer Opportunities, 2019

The coming work party season promises to be a busy one. If you see a project on the list below that you might like to participate in, let us know by emailing us at

April 27 (date confirmed)- Tulip Falls trail in Syringa Provincial Park. Trail maintenance.
April 25 or 26 (to be confirmed) - Pilot Bay Lighthouse. Pressure wash prior to painting
May 10-12 (weather permitting) - Pilot Bay Lighthouse. Start painting. If you have a day or two that you can commit to during this weekend let us know.
May or June (to be determined) - Earl Grey Trail in Purcell Wilderness Conservancy. Trail Maintenance to 2nd cable car.
May 25 (to be confirmed) Cody Cave Interpretive Trail in Cody Caves Provincial Park. Trail clean-up.
July 13-14 - Blue Grouse Trail in Kokanee Glacier Park. Complete trail work.
September (date to be determined) Lemon Creek trail in Kokanee Glacier Park. Trail maintenance.

If you are already a member of the Friends, you will be contacted directly by email as dates are confirmed for each project. Confirmed dates will also be posted here.

June 27/17
Cody Cave trail construction project

Organizer John Pollack is looking for volunteers for three dates, Thursday June 29, Tuesday July 4, and Friday July 14. The work involves building a brand new trail bed along a 1.3km loop that will eventually include interpretive signage. Pulaski's, rakes and loppers will be needed - John can supply some tools. If you are interested, reply directly to John at [john-pollack at], letting him know when you are available and what tools you have. John is also suggesting that bear spray is a prerequisite and you will need water, lunch, work gloves, bug repellent and if the weather is questionable, bring rain gear.

June 27/17
Volunteer Reports

The June 4 trail clearing project at Kokanee Creek Provincial Park was a great success. The Canyon, Pine and Woodland Trails were brushed and cleared of deadfall by lunch by the volunteers who attended.
One June 24, 5 volunteers hiked into the compressor site on the Earl Grey Trail and assembled and erected the prefabricated kiosk which will shelter an interpretation sign. The sign itself will be taken in and installed later in July.

May 30/17
Volunteer Opportunities 2017

Kokanee Creek Trail Clearing, June 4
Join us at the Nature Centre on Sunday, June 4 for a morning of trail clearing. Click here for more details. If you are unfamiliar with the trails in Kokanee Creek Park, click on this map.

Cody Caves Trail Construction, date to be determined
During the late spring and summer, there will be one or possibly more opportunities to work on the construction of a short intrepretive trail that will take hikers past points of interest in Cody Caves Provincial Park . The right of way of the trail has been largely cleared of brush but a trail bed needs to be constructed. Return to this page regularly for dates.

Earl Grey Trail Interpretive Sign Installation, date to be determined
During the latter part of June, a crew will be needed to help install an interpretive sign kiosk at the compressor site on the trail. This will involve helping to pack in some tools and assisting in putting together a prefabricated kiosk that will shelter the sign. The materials for the sign were, for the most part, flown to the site last summer and the post holes were dug last fall. Return to this page regularly for the date.

Woodbury Creek Trail Clearing, date to be determined
Late in August, there are plans to hike in to the Woodbury Cabin and clear the upper part of the trail. This will be an overnight trip, accommodation at the cabin courtesy of the Alpine Club of Canada. Return to this page regularly for the dates.

Don't want to miss out? Join the Friends of West Kootenay Parks for a modest $10 yearly fee (click on the "Join/Donate" tab). You will be automatically notified by email of the details and dates of our volunteer projects and as bonuses, you will be eligible to submit your name to our annual ski week in Kokanee Glacier Park (click on the "Ski Week" tab for more information), you will get a 10% member discount at Valhalla Pure (Nelson store, some exclusions) and you will get to meet like-minded supporters of BC Parks.

April 19/17
Earth Day at Sandspit Beach
Bring your friends and family to a beach cleanup on Earth Day, Saturday Apr 22 from 1-3 in the afternoon. Thanks to our friends at Valhalla Pure, the Kootenay Co-op, and Oso Negro there will be prizes and refreshments. Bring gloves and a smile - see you on Saturday.

April 9/17
Spring Update
Following on a very productive 2016, we have lots of volunteer opportunities lined up. On Earth Day, Saturday Apr 22, join us at Sandspit Beach in Kokanee Creek Park for a beach cleanup from 1-3PM. Watch this page for more details in the next few days.
On Sunday June 4, there will be a trail clearing in Kokanee Creek Park. Times and other details will be posted here as they become available.
There will be two other projects involving trails. The new interpretation trail in Cody Caves Provincial Park which was located and brushed last summer will be the focus for some intensive trail building this year. If you're interested in contributing to the establishment of a brand new trail, this is for you. The other project involves the Woodbury Creek Trail. Although it has received attention several times over the past five years, the upper part of the trail needs more attention. A crew will hike in to the upper part of the trail and stay in the cabin overnight. Sound like fun? Watch for details.