Columbia & Western Rail Trail - Christina Lake, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member BK-Hunters
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 1:58:24 PM
Waymark Code: WMMPZ0
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
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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 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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Recommended number of days to complete: 3.00

Distance in miles or kilometres: 162 km.

Shelters?: Yes

Designated campsites?: Yes

Number of designated campsites: 3

Permit Required?: No

Trail Website: [Web Link]

Best Season to Hike?: spring-summer-fall

Overnight parking fee: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Permit Fees?: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Coordinates of the other end's trailhead: Not Listed

Overnight parking coordinates: Not Listed

Intermediate Trailhead 1: Not Listed

Intermediate Trailhead 2: Not Listed

Intermediate Trailhead 3: Not Listed

Intermediate Trailhead 4: Not Listed

Intermediate Trailhead 5: Not Listed

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