At an earlier rally in May

At an earlier rally in May

Rafters and supporters rally tonight to protest locked gate at Lower Canyon

A rally is being hosted in Golden this evening at 6pm in the CP Parking Lot to protest CP Rail blocking access to the Lower Canyon.

Tonight Golden hosts a rally to protest the barred access from the Lower Canyon of the Kicking Horse River.

Negotiations between CP Rail and the Province of British Columbia to ensure promised access to the Lower Canyon have now reached an impasse, and this has raised the ire of local rafting companies, as well as community members, who feel that CP Rail lied to them when they said on April 22 that a solution had been found.

“CP Rail Chief of Staff to Hunter Harrison, Mark Wallace, came to our community on April 22 and guaranteed that there will be rafting on the Lower Canyon on the May long weekend,” said Kicking Horse River Outfitters Association representative Ryan Johannesen.

“He called it a ‘great day…that shows what can happen when a community and a railway come together and work jointly,’ but now it seems that CP Rail had no intention of allowing access, and they proved that when they locked us out of the Lower Canyon the day before the season opening.”

The protest rally, planned for today (June 13) at 6 p.m. is organized to show that the community will not back down. It will begin at the CP Parking Lot across from 7 Eleven, and move to Kumsheen Park.