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Trans Canada Trail Legend:
|Trans Canada Trail Pavilion|
|Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)|
|Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)|
|Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)|
|Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route|
|Trans Canada Trail Closed|
|Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)|
Alternate Route Legend:
|Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers|
|Alternate Route for Hiking|
|Alternate Route for Equestrians|
|Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail|
Google Maps Legend:
|Map menu to access highlights, campsites, grocery stores, parking areas, toilets and more!|
|Click the grey star at the top of the map to favourite it in Google Maps, so you can pull it up later in your Google Maps app's "My Places".|
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About the Route:
The route from Wardner to Elko is now officially designated - but the route from Elko to Fernie is still technically a gap in the Trans Canada Trail.
The route from Wardner towards Elko roughly follows the west shore of the the Kootenay River (Lake Koocanusa) on former forestry roads, heading south and eventually running parallel to Caven Creek Road and crossing Lake Koocanusa (Kikomun Newgate Road bridge) and entering Kikomun Creek Provincial Park and utilizing bits and pieces of a former rail grade. From Bayne's Lake, the trail is mainly forestry roads - some of which can be muddy - which begin to travel north, eventually reaching Highway 3 and the town of Elko.
From Elko to Morrissey, trails users at this time must use a temporary "non designated" route; either by simply staying on Highway 3 (preferably only from Elko to Morrissey) or using the public-access logging road which runs along the south-and-east bank of the Elk River. This logging road is certainly quieter than the highway but sees considerable logging-truck traffic and can be dusty as well. Take great caution with approaching logging trucks from all directions - and it is probably best to pull over to the side of the road to let them pass, which they will do at high speeds.
From Morrissey north to Fernie, new trails are currently under development. Take in views of the looming mountain ridge lying on the west side of the Elk River. Once in Fernie, the trails are pleasantly surfaced with fine gravel and travels along the Elk River - with the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion being found immediately after crossing below the highway, just south of downtown.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
Much of this route is under development and remains a gap. Some highlights of the proposed route include:
- The calm waters of Lake Koocanusa and camping opportunities at Kikomun Park
- Remote, wilderness trail experience at Mount Broadwood
- Mountain views approaching Fernie
- Excellent services and friendly atmosphere in the city of Fernie
We hope to one day invite users to the Mount Broadwood Nature Conservancy, a fantastic backcountry experience with a rugged mountain bike trail that can easily be hiked, though currently the route is sometimes obscure. A proposed route can be found on our maps on the "Alternate Route" layer shown in magenta/pink. Please note there are significant wildlife concerns in this area, particularly in the spring, as this is the season for bighorn sheep lambing as well as elk calving. Trail users are therefore asked not to enter the conservation area in the spring. Also note that the Ministry of Environment manages the land to the west of the conservancy - an area known as Wigwam Flats.
About the Gaps:
Almost the entire route from Elko to Fernie is currently not designated as official Trans Canada Trail but much of it can be followed at this time - however, there are little to no wayfinding signs along the route. New trails are being developed between Morrissey and Fernie and soon a completely new route will be available.
- City of Fernie (within city limits)
Trail Stewards and Volunteers:
- Fernie Trails Alliance (within Fernie area)