Columbia & Western Rail Trail - Christina Lake, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 01.002 W 118° 13.343
11U E 410622 N 5430032
Quick Description: This is an access point for both the Trans Canada Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail, which is a section of the TCT.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 10/22/2014 2:04:27 PM
Waymark Code: WMMPZ3
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
Views: 2

Long Description:
Built by the CPR as part of the Columbia & Western Railway, this section of the line was amalgamated with the Kettle Valley Railway and saw service until the last train ran in 1991. Over the course of the next few years the tracks were taken up and the railbed eventually became a rail trail, managed by the Columbia and Western Trail Society (C&WTS). Here, the distinction between the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail has become blurred, as the signs at this point refer to the trail as the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, though the line was originally part of the Columbia & Western Railway. That's of no real consequence, though, as they're all part of the Trans Canada Trail now. On the Trans Canada Trail, this section is officially known as the Columbia and Western Trail (Grand Forks to Christina Lake).

The Columbia and Western Rail Trail is 162 Km long from Castlegar, British Columbia to Midway, B.C. and travels the abandoned Canadian Pacific Boundary Subdivision with the last train going through in 1991. In 2000 the C.P.R. donated the line to the Province of British Columbia for a Recreational trail to form [part of] the British Columbia [section of the] Trans-Canada Trail network.
From the C&WTS

Access to this trailhead is via a gravel road leading south off the Crowsnest Highway, just 200 metres southwest of the junction with Highway 395, which leads through the ghost town of Cascade to the border crossing at Laurier. There are rest rooms here and there is a lovely old CPR bridge immediately east of the trailhead, crossing over the Kettle River. Just past the bridge are picnic tables.

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Trail Name: Columbia & Western Rail Trail

Short description of trail:
This access point is toward the western end of the 162 km. trail which runs through forested wilderness. Officially, this section of the Trans Canada Trail runs from Midway, to the west, to Castlegar, to the northeast.


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Web Link to trail map (if available): [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
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