Friday, February 06, 2009

Bridges by the BOMB Squad

In Powell River, BC, there's a famous group of men who give freely of themselves for the hiking community. They're called the BOMB Squad, short for Bloody Old Men's Brigade. Throughout the backcountry you will find countless trails, boardwalks and bridges they have constructed.

According to their website, the squad began in 1987 with three retirees working to clear some of the older trails around Powell River. The group soon grew to seven men all in their sixties and seventies. As of last year, the number has increased to twenty-seven and the age range up to eighty. Thanks to consistent Thursday work day efforts, they have over 180 kilometres of trails and 60 structures to their credit. So if you go hiking in and around my town of Powell River, you will find lots of evidence of their handywork.

For more about trails in the Powell River area check out these links:

Sunshine Coast Trail

Powell River: Coastal by Nature

I invite you to come to Powell River and try some of our wonderful trails and bridges. -- Margy


  1. Oh My! I love the story of the B.O.M.B group! Your photos are beautiful! Thank you for visiting my hunt today, I really appreciate it!

  2. nice photo with great stories to tell.thanks for visiting mine. :)

  3. They have done a wonderful job! It looks beautiful. I would love to take a walk around there!!!

    Mountain Retreat

  4. Some day maybe I can walk on your bridges and trails. At least I like to think about it.

  5. What great and admirable work the BOMB squad has done!!

  6. What a wonderful group of caring individuals and what a great job they have done.
    Thanks for sharing that for this week's theme. Happy weekend.

  7. Anonymous5:16 PM

    That is the way to retire by doing something you love. I like the perspective of your bridge photos. They look woodsy and cozy. I want to take a hike and I'm not a hiking person. :>)

    You can find mine here:
    JyLnC's Photo Hunt. Stop by and check it out if you have time.

  8. Anonymous6:05 PM

    I love bridges like these, mostly because when I see them I've been hiking.

  9. oh i miss these long road trips, especially when it involves thrashing through nature!

  10. Great job! And great bridges :)

    Have a nice day :)

  11. Your community is so fortunate to have such a dedicated group. We have tried here to do that but there are far too many "ownership and insurance" issues. It really becomes frustrating. I am going to look into your BOMB squad though!
    Nice photos and thanks for sharing.

  12. What a wonderful post you have for the bridge theme! The BOMB Squad sounds like such a great group. And what beautiful pictures of the bridges! I would love to visit there someday.

  13. Thank you to everyone for visiting my bridges post this week. Come visit me in Powell River this summer (or winter for that matter) and see how many you can find. - Margy


We welcome your comments and questions. - Wayne and Margy