Posted April 25, 2017 -- In effect beginning April 13: Heavy machinery is present on the Columbia & Western, performing trail maintenance and resurfacing. Trail users are asked to avoid using this section of trail from the eastern terminus of the rail trail (by the Keenleyside Dam) to McCormick Bridge, a distance of 8 km. However, the only way to bypass this section is to use Highway 3 between downtown Castlegar and the forestry road access to Shields, a distance of 41 km. This bypasses a total 21.5 km length of the Trans Canada Trail! This closure is unfortunate, and is expected to be in effect for several weeks. We don't have an exact date. Trail users who need more information about this closure should contact the Columbia & Western Trail Society (https://www.columbiaandwestern.ca/)
Warning: New Trail Routes from Elko to Elkford
Posted Nov 15, 2016 -- Update on April 12, 2017 - construction is ongoing -- Original posting: The route of the Trans Canada Trail between Elko and Round Prairie (just north of Elkford) will be changing very near in the future. Some trail sections may now even be open and operational; however our maps will not show these new alignments until we can obtain GPS tracks. Trail users passing through the area may choose to be among the first to enjoy these new trail sections, but for the time being their locations and routes will not be shown on our web site. As soon as we obtain tracks for them, we will add them to our maps. If anyone can obtain GPS tracks of these trail sections, photos, or any other useful information for our site, please contact us. firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, visit http://www.e-know.ca/regions/elk-valley/elk-valley-trail-trans-canada-update-2/
Warning: East Side of Paleface Pass for Hikers Only!
Posted July 13, 2016 -- No update as of Apr 1, 2017 -- We have received feedback regarding the status of the Trans Canada Trail in the upper Silverhope Valley, on the east side of Paleface Pass between Chilliwack and Hope. The trail has become very overgrown with alders and undergrowth, making the trail very difficult for cyclists - mainly those with touring bicycles loaded with panniers or trailers. We don't particularly recommend taking this route for that type of trail user at the best of times, but until we are able to send a work party to improve conditions, we highly recommend touring cyclists use our alternate route from Chilliwack to Hope which follows the Fraser River using urban trails and roadways. Update as of Nov 14, 2016: While we have made excellent progress clearing this route on the Chilliwack Lake Side, we still have about 4 km to clear on the Silverhope side.
Warning: Locked Gate near Eholt
Ongoing since 2011 -- Confirmed April 3, 2016 (Gate is indeed locked), no updates as of Apr 1, 2017 -- There is a locked gate about 2km north of Greenwood. We know that some users hop the fence, but be aware there are dogs at this property that feel threatening to some trail users. To avoid the locked gate completely, when you are at Greenwood continue on Hwy 3 and turn right down the FSR Providence Creek Rd to access the trail (on the right after climbing the first hill on Hwy 3). If you are travelling east to west, look for the Providence Creek Rd to the right before the locked gate. For the latest conditions on the ground, contact the "Trails to the Boundary Society" trail coordinator at 250-444-7547 or email email@example.com. Trail users are encouraged to call 1-844-676-8477 (Ministry of Forests) if you want to report an infraction on any section of the trail.
Othello Tunnels Are Closed (Nov 1 to late May)
Status as of Apr 1, 2017: Coquihalla Canyon (Othello Tunnels) just east of Hope is still closed for the winter! See our map's "Alternates" layer for a route around the tunnels (but most likely is not snow-free). The tunnels usually open May long weekend (this year May 20, 2017) but delays can occur due to rockslides that often occur over the winter. For the latest conditions, please visit http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/coquihalla_cyn/.
Great Northern Trail: Annual Closure (April 15 to June 15)
Ongoing, originally posted in 2013 -- Annual closure in effect April 15 to June 15 (approx), No update/change as of Apr 1, 2017 -- Due to grizzly bear foraging each spring, the Salmo Great Northern rail trail is normally closed annually for 10 kilometres between Cottonwood Lake and Hall Siding (northern section, about 8 km south of Nelson) from mid April to mid June. The trail operator, the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK), is responsible for this closure. Users are asked to use the highway as a bypass route when the closure is in effect. Read more on the Regional District's trail page. Note, the RDCK rarely (if ever) updates this webpage . Signs are posted along the trail when the closure is in effect, but the only other way to know if the closure is in effect is by contacting the RDCK directly; call their main switchboard at (250) 352-6665.
Gray Creek Pass: Closed for the Winter
Status as of Apr 1, 2017 -- Gray Creek FSR is still closed for the season! The latest snow report (Feb 27, 2017) measured a snow depth at the upper weather station to be 2.18 metres. The "snow water equivalent" is roughly 94% of the average amount, so the opening date may be the usual mid July - but a late snowfall or landslide could easily change that. Check in with the Gray Creek Store if you are planning to enter the area. For further updates on the road conditons, we highly recommend visiting the Gray Creek Store blog. Also, check out the Road Works page for the Ministry of Forestry, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations, as well as the reported snow depths near the summit (Click the middle link "Snow Survey Data" and see Station 2D10 Gray Creek Upper - usually found at the bottom of the 3rd page).
Warning: KVR between Summerland and Penticton
Originally posted 2013 -- No update as of Apr 1, 2017 -- The portion of the KVR between the Trout Creek Trestle (southern Summerland) and the city of Penticton is in the process of being returned to the Penticton Indian Band. Once the transfer is complete (in 2015?), agreements will be needed to permit future public use of the trail. Although there are no barriers to prevent users from travelling along this section of trail, they are crossing "no man's land" (not yet private property) and do so at their own risk; this segment of the KVR is not maintained or patrolled. Trails BC/Trans Canada Trail does not have permission from the Ministry of Transportation to recommend using Highway 97 as a safe alternate - though cyclists do use this route daily. We hope in the coming months (or years) to invite trail users to use the trail - stay tuned!