Canada Day highlight of Trout Lake summer

As thoughts turn towards our next Trout Lake season, we continue to bask in the sunny lingering weather right through September.

What a summer it was!  Residents and visitors enjoyed another fun-filled season, catching some rays and a few elusive fish.  As thoughts turn towards our next Trout Lake season, we continue to bask in the lingering weather right through September.

Here is a recap of Trout Lake’s summer.

The Trout Lake Community Club (TLCC) held their annual general meeting on Saturday, June 28 at the Trout Lake and District Community Hall. The meeting was attended by 33 members.

The membership passed a special resolution on revision of the TLCC bylaws.  This resolution includes updating the wording to current day usage and some minor “house-keeping” to allow some flexibility at the annual meetings to avoid further bylaw amendments.

Approval was granted by the membership to accept a contractor bid to complete unfinished projects at the hall.  Some general maintenance and a few storage projects would make better use of space and usability of the hall.  Work began in mid-July, and he is expected to complete the project by the end of September.

Linda Wall volunteered to continue as Community Hall Coordinator and to assist Secretary, Pat Gaviller, with Membership Directory record keeping.

Carrol Christiansen will continue for a second term as President of TLCC.  Along with her team of Directors, she is motivated to promote further improvements in the Town of Trout Lake, which in turn would strengthen the community.

A new Trout Lake cemetery sign was put in place by volunteers in May.  The structure is a nice addition that stands near the memorial plaque, which was unveiled in 2011 as a tribute to past pioneers of Trout Lake.

The roof extension over the back porch of the Trout Lake community hall was constructed in June.  Stain and some landscaping will finish off the area.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) held a public hearing in June for the Electoral Area B proposed zoning bylaw.  Twenty-two residents from Trout Lake and surrounding communities attended.  Loni Parker, Area B Regional Director; Jan Thingsted, Planner, Development Services; and Candice Benner, Development Services Assistant, were on hand to present the proposal and to respond to residents’ questions and comments.

Thingsted gave the presentation on the proposed zoning bylaw.  He provided a historical timeline and a list of all different zones in the proposal.  He also explained key changes that were made since the second reading given to the bylaw in August 2013, and listed all the referral agencies that the bylaw was sent to for comment. Thingsted completed the presentation by outlining the next steps of the bylaw, which is expected to receive final reading and adoption in September 2014.

The full report, including public hearing minutes, is available on the CSRD website,

Update: On August 21, 2014, zoning bylaw 851 was adopted.

This link is the brief description of the bylaw:

Trout Lake Canada Day Celebrations took place on Saturday, June 28 at the community hall.  The hall was decked out with Canada’s red and white sporting balloons, flags and linens.  Temporary Maple Leaf tattoos and pocket size flags were a hit with the participants.

Under the direction of Peter Kearns, the Bocce tournament field of ten teams took to the undulating courts, where some seasoned players were sent packing by newcomers in the single game knockout format.  Prizes were awarded to the first and second place teams, with the winners receiving gift certificates from the Trout Lake General Store, and runners-up taking home gift certificates from the No Board Cafe.

The afternoon BBQ drew a good crowd in to enjoy tasty burgers and smokies, purchased from Cut-Rite Meats in Nakusp, and three delicious salads that were purchased from the No Board Café at Trout Lake.  The new hall roof extension was christened at the Canada Day event, being used as a staging area for BBQs and food service, and provided some shelter during a brief afternoon shower.

The festivities wrapped up with Sunny Stevenson performing a brilliant set of guitar favourites for an enthusiastic crowd, followed by Keith Thomas rounding out the evening with Karaoke.  Gift certificates from the Trout Lake General Store and the No Board Café were provided as door prizes and a 50/50 draw was held.

Peter Kearns would like to thank Columbia Basin Trust, the Trout Lake Beach Society and Heck Mechanical for their donations to Trout Lake’s special event.  He is also most appreciative of his well-organized team of volunteers.  From prep to clean-up, and going the distance to see that everything ran smoothly throughout the day, it was a job well done!

The TLCC Garage and Bake Sale took place at the Trout Lake Community Hall during the August long weekend.  It was another very successful event with a steady flow of bargain hunters over two mornings, with all proceeds supporting community and hall projects.  A number of items were donated by community residents for the silent auctions.  Congratulations to all the silent auction winners!  My thanks go out to the team of volunteers whose time and efforts with set-up, the sale weekend and clean up, were wholly appreciated.

An Arts and Crafts Show and Sale was held at the Trout Lake and District Community Hall on Saturday, August 16.  Those who attended enjoyed a collection of water and oil paintings that were on display for sale, from art enthusiasts, Jeanette Gordon and Krystyna Barnwell.

Cheers and thank you readers!