Beaver Valley May Days – Rising costs derail popular train rides

The Beaver Valley’s big event of the year is chugging along this weekend even without one of the most popular attractions.

The Beaver Valley’s big event of the year is chugging along this weekend even without one of the most popular attractions.

Beaver Valley May Days runs from today to Sunday, featuring an array of festivities like fireworks, a slow-pitch tournament and the Antenna Trail hike but sadly no train ride.

The journey out to Beaver Falls has been cancelled this year due to an increase in insurance costs that are about “four times” the amount that has been paid in the past, according to Juris Harlamovs,  a member of the Beaver Valley May Days Society.

But this won’t be the last time residents will be welcomed aboard, he said, hoping to bring back the attraction that has been made possible for at least 10 years now thanks to Nelson & Fort Sheppard Railway Company and ATCO Wood Products.

For some the ride was a trip down memory lane and for others it was a thrilling first-time experience. The 35-minute tour left the pole yard lane downtown and brought passengers on a journey to the trestle at Beaver Falls, where the train would stop for five minutes for the spectacular view.

Though it will be missed this year, Harlamovs assures the energy throughout town should be the same with “people and the sense of community” at the forefront.

Harlamovs hasn’t learned to say “no” yet; he jokes about his five years spent on the committee.

“Having said that a special thank you should go to David and Gail Chartres who stepped down last year and did all the hard work in previous years” he said, along with all the other volunteers, his wife Madeleine, Vickie Fitzpatrick and Fruitvale Mayor Patricia Cecchini “who have been doing the heavy lifting.”

The history of the family fun weekend dates back to 1911 when it was originally held on May 24, Queen Victoria’s birthday.

For a full schedule of events, visit www.beavervalleymaydays.com

Just Posted

Trail liquor store held up Friday night

The perpetrator was brandishing a weapon that appeared to be a gun, according to the Trail RCMP

Trail Smoke Eaters lose in shootout to Coquitlam Express

The Trail Smoke Eaters battled the Express in a tight checking 2-1 shootout loss on Friday

Lest We Forget

Crowd fills downtown Trail for Remembrance Day ceremony

Remembering Trail veterans

The Trail Legion now has 14 veterans from the Second World War

3 games, 3 wins for the Vees

Penticton wins 4-3 over Smoke Eaters

VIDEO: Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee dies

Marvel co-creator was well-known for making cameo apperances in superhero movies

Nunavut urges new plan to deal with too many polar bears

Territory recommends a proposal that contradicts much of conventional scientific thinking

Shelter struggles: Landlord takes over rental unit whenever visiting B.C. town

Renter’s story highlights how hard it is to find accommodation in Revelstoke

Lack of public response threatens B.C. referendum credibility

Of the few who have voted, poll finds most rejected proportional representation

Tentative deal reached in NHL concussion lawsuit

More than 100 former players accused the league of failing to better prevent head trauma

Grim search for more fire victims; 31 dead across California

More than 8,000 firefighters battled wildfires that scorched at least 1,040 square kilometres

Politicians need to do better on social media, Trudeau says

Prime minister suggests at conference in Paris some are trying to use technology to polarize voters

Wally Buono exits CFL, stinging from painful playoff loss

B.C. Lions lost the Eastern semifinal to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats on Sunday, 48-8

Pot company hopes to replace jobs lost in mill closure in B.C. town

About 200 workers lost their jobs when the Tolko sawmill in Merritt shuttered in 2016

Most Read