Members of the Schacher Family, as well and contributors to the project, gathered at the Mount 7 launch to officially open the new Schacher Trail Shelter with a ribbon cutting.                                Jessica Schwitek/Star Photo

Members of the Schacher Family, as well and contributors to the project, gathered at the Mount 7 launch to officially open the new Schacher Trail Shelter with a ribbon cutting. Jessica Schwitek/Star Photo

New Schacher Trail Shelter opened on Mount 7

Last week the people involved in the Schacher Trail development gathered for an official opening

In a sign of community unity and support, the Schacher Shelter was officially opened at the 13 km launch site on Mt 7 last Wednesday.

The construction of this shelter was the impetus of the Golden Cycling Club as part of the 2016 Mt 7 Community Trail Development project that also included improvements to the rotary trail, the development of the first several kilometers of the Schacher trail and rehabilitation and construction of several trails near the rodeo grounds and Keith King ball diamonds.

“Another example of our community ‘rolling up its sleeves’ and working together. Through a combined approach the Town of Golden and the Golden Cycling Club have been able to leverage $45,000 of RMI Funds to make major connectivity improvements within the Town limits, add major safety improvements to mountain bike trails on town land, and help leverage the ‘epic’ ride (Schacher Trail) to the look-out at Mount 7,” said Mayor Ron Oszust. “And when you get to the top, you have this wonderful timber frame structure. What an amazing community we live in.”

Sean Schacher, a Golden community member and employee of Canadian Timberframes who passed away on July 2, 2014, inspired the trail and shelter. Jeremy Harris, a good friend of Sean’s, fellow employee at Canadian Timberframes and president of the Golden Cycling Club lead the charge on this memorial project until his sudden passing this spring. The Golden Cycling Club continues to develop the trails envisioned by these two passionate cyclists and community members.

“On behalf of the Schacher Family, we are glad to see this structure erected in honour of Sean. We are deeply grateful to all of the sponsors, supporters, volunteers and organizations that brought this to fruition. Sean and Jeremy Harris’s vision for this trail was truly inspiring for us and we’re so happy to see that they will continue to inspire the community for many years into the future,” said Chantalle Schacher.

The new structure will provide respite for many mountain lovers, casting shade and providing shelter from the rain. The shelter will be used by hang gliders, paragliders, cyclists, trail runners, hikers and many more people who just want to spend some time with the spectacular mountain view. The shelter was designed by Jeremy Harris and erected by Canadian Timberframes on July 1, 2017.

The construction of this shelter would not have been possible without the generous support of Canadian Timberframes, Golden Concrete, Rona, the BC and AB Hang- gliding and Paragliding Associations, and Columbia Basin Trust.

Other project supporters include the Town of Golden, the Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Columbia Valley Credit Union, Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resource Operations, the Province of BC, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust, TransRockies, the Rockwater Grill, Alpine Helicopters, Michael Zimmerman, Dogtooth Construction, Gord Barlow, Dave Stonehouse and many more.

The construction of the Schacher Trail is continuing in 2017 and will be connected to the shelter from the 6 km marker on the Mt 7 Road by this autumn. A community celebration and project completion party will be hosted at the shelter once the trail is complete this fall. Stay tuned to the Golden Cycling Club website and Facebook page for more details.

“Many residents and visitors strive to lead active, healthy lifestyles, and the Mount 7 trails give them this opportunity,” said Kindy Gosal, Columbia Basin Trust Director of Special Initiatives. “Not only do the trails connect people through physical pathways, but they connect people with common interests and goals. This is the kind of project our Recreation Infrastructure Grants are here to support.”

Everyone involved in the project felt honoured and proud to be part of it.

“When we were asked to help finish the concrete slab that provides foundation for this structure, we said yes with no hesitation. I’ve spent a lot of time paragliding and mountain biking, growing up here in Golden, and can appreciate both the community value of this structure and I also have a lot of respect for the visionaries that brought it to being, Sean and Jeremy,” said Mike immerman, Zimmerman Construction.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

B.C's COVID-19 dashboard shows the peaks and valleys of cases prior to the record daily report of 132 on April 9, 2021. (Dashboard image)
Interior Health has record day of COVID-19 cases

132 cases reported Friday, April 9, more deaths in Vernon hospital outbreak

Cases continue to climb in B.C amid a third wave of COVID-19. (Omar Marques/AP photo)
Physicians of Golden warn of third wave

Cases continue to climb provincially

Environment Canada is forecasting up to 20 centimetres of snow on the Coquihalla Highway Friday, April 9, 2021. (File photo)
Snowfall warning in effect for Coquihalla Highway

Environment Canada is forecasting up to 20 cm of snow to fall on the Coquihalla Friday

The Peach is adhering to the mandatory mask protocols put in place by the Provincial Health Officer on Nov. 19. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Interior Health doesn’t echo B.C.’s daily COVID record

80 new cases reported Thursday, April 8, compared to 91 the day prior

Restaurant patrons enjoy the weather on a patio in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 5, 2021. The province has suspended indoor dining at restaurants and pubs until at least April 19 in B.C. due to a spike in COVID-19 numbers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. sets new COVID-19 daily record with 1,293 cases Thursday

New order allows workplace closures when infections found

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and Premier John Horgan describe vaccine rollout at the legislature, March 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
1,262 more COVID-19 infections in B.C. Friday, 9,574 active cases

Province’s mass vaccination reaches one million people

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod, seen here on April 9, 2021 with four-year-old sister Elena and mom Vanessa, was born with limb differences. The family, including husband/dad Sean McLeod, is looking for a family puppy that also has a limb difference. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
B.C. family looking for puppy with limb difference, just like 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy McLeod born as bilateral amputee, now her family wants to find ‘companion’ puppy for her

This illustration provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in January 2020 shows the 2019 Novel Coronavirus.[CDC]
More COVID-19 exposures reported at schools in Kelowna

Interior Health added additional schools and dates to their list of exposures

A vehicle that was driven through the wall of a parkade at Uptown Shopping Centre and into the nearby Walmart on April 9 was removed through another hole in the wall later that night. (Photo via Saanich Police Department and Ayush Kakkar)
Vehicle launched into B.C. Walmart removed following rescue of trapped workers

Crews cut new hole in parkade wall to remove vehicle safely

Four members with Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans were out at Cultus Lake on March 28 and 29 hauling trash out of the waters. (Henry Wang)
PHOTOS: Out-of-town divers remove 100s of pounds of trash from Cultus Lake

Members of Divers for Cleaner Lakes and Oceans hauled out 470 pounds of trash over two days

As of Saturday, April 10, people born in 1961 are the latest to be eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine. (Black Press files)
B.C. residents age 60+ can now register to get their COVID-19 vaccine

Vaccine registration is now open to people born in 1961 or earlier

A new saline gargle test, made in B.C., will soon be replacing COVID-19 nasal swab tests for kids. (PHSA screenshot)
Take-home COVID-19 tests available for some B.C. students who fall ill at school

BC Children’s Hospital plans to provide 1,200 kits to Vancouver district schools this April

Sun Peaks is tracking rising COVID-19 cases. (Kamloops This Week Photo)
Sun Peaks sees spike in COVID-19 cases at end of ski season

On April 9, there were 15 positive cases confirmed.

Ruming Jiang and his dog Chiu Chiu are doing fine following a brush with hypothermia that saw several people work together to get them out of the Fraser River near Langley’s Derby Reach Park on March 25, 2021 (Special to the Advance Times)
Man finds men who rescued him from drowning in B.C.’s Fraser River

A grateful Ruming Jiang says he will thank them again, this time in person when the pandemic ends

Most Read