Columbia & Western Rail Trail - Grand Forks, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 01.708 W 118° 25.873
11U E 395378 N 5431607
Quick Description: This is one of several access points to the Columbia & Western Rail Trail/Trans Canada Trail in the Grand Forks Area.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 2/27/2017 7:54:50 PM
Waymark Code: WMV5QE
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
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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 on this section refer to the trail as the Kettle Valley Rail Trail or even simply the Trans Canada 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 68th Avenue on the eastern edge of Grand Forks, in the industrial area. At this trailhead is a large parking area and an informational sign, but no other facilities. Given that this is a new access point, facilities may yet be built here. This is actually the end of a little spur trail, recently placed here for the availability of land for a parking area. The spur heads west to the Kettle River, then south to meet the trail as it passes by, headed for Castlegar and ultimately to the Atlantic Coast, to the east, or Midway, and ultimately the Pacific Coast, to the west.

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The Trans Canada Trail

Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities.

The Trans Canada Trail is made up of nearly 500 individual trails, each with unique and varied features. This contributes to the diversity and grandeur of Canada’s national Trail. For day trips or multi-day adventures, the Trail offers countless opportunities to explore and discover.

To date, just over 18,000 kilometres of the Trail are operational which is 80 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.

The Trans Canada Trail is a community-based project. Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by local organizations, provincial authorities, national agencies and municipalities across Canada. The Trans Canada Trail does not own or operate any trail.

The Trans Canada Trail is represented by provincial and territorial organizations that are responsible for championing the cause of the Trail in their region. These provincial and territorial partners together with local trail-building organizations are an integral part of the Trans Canada Trail and are the "driving force" behind its development.

Our goal is to connect the Trail as a continuous route from coast to coast to coast by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With just over 5,700 kilometres of Trail to go—many in unpopulated areas with difficult terrain—this is a bold and ambitious goal. With the dedication and support of all Canadians, we can collectively make it happen.
From the Trans Canada Trail

Trail Name: Columbia & Western Rail Trail/Trans Canada Trail

Short description of trail:
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