Kettle Valley Railway / Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) in the Rock Creek Area: Beaverdell to Midway, 70 km

Map Legend & Disclaimer

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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)
Paddling/Water Route
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:

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Disclaimer: This trail information is subject to changes. While reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information on this site is correct, Trails BC makes no warranty about the accuracy of this information and accepts no liability for any inconvenience or any direct or consequential loss arising from reliance upon this information. Be sure to check our Latest Trail Closures before heading out and read our full disclaimer!.

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GPS Downloads

  • KML/KMZ files can be opened in Google Earth, and many smartphone apps.
  • GPX files can be opened by most GPS software apps when KMZ cannot. Note, GPX files do not contain custom colours and icons that we use on our maps; all tracks and icons will appear the same colour and styles. We recommend using KMZ instead of GPX if possible.

The files below include data for only this specific area. For all of our Trans Canada Trail data for the entire province (including features, campsites and alternate routes), download our BC.kmz master file (1.2 MB)

Visit our GPS & Navigation page for instructions of how to use your smartphone as a GPS device (even when outside of data coverage) or how to import data to your Garmin unit.

About the Route: 

The Kettle Valley Railway continues from Beaverdell to Midway along a combination of paved roads, gravel roads, gravel trail and dirt tracks - plus multiple cattle guards and gates - that will keep you on your toes! Like the KVR between McCulloch and Beaverdell, the use of motorized vehicles along the trail - and conversion of trail into actual road - in this area means that some sections of the trail have become challenging - with some serious washboard conditions. The ride can be tiring, but the quiet pastureland provides beautiful views and possible close encounters with farm animals.

Be sure not to miss one of the highlights on the KVR; in the small community of Rhone is Cyclist's Rest (and WWII epitaph). Local - and lifelong - resident Paul Letard has built a replica caboose which for years served as "the cyclist rest stop".  Now Paul lives in Midway and the new owners are keeping the cyclists rest stop open, but without the amenties.  Please do not disturb them and it is only day-use.  Water is no longer available here, the Big Dipper Campground a couple kms towards Beaverdell, has potable water available.

Rounding a bend in the river, the trail arrives to the warm grasslands of Midway. The museum is a popular place to explore. Midway is often the stopping point for many travelers since the KVR technically ends here - but beyond lies another rail trail - the Columbia & Western.  The Columbia and Western Rail Trail extends from Castlegar to Midway for about 164kms and Midway was its terminus.

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

  • Cyclist's Rest in Rhone
  • Great camping in Kettle River Recreation Area
  • Midway Station and Museum

Important: You will almost certainly encounter motorized vehicles along the route, particularly ATVs and dirt bikes, which could be travelling at high speeds. Over the years, unregulated motorized use has degraded the trail surface along the Kettle Valley Railway, making many areas quite challenging for hikers and cyclists. Users should come prepared for sandy conditions. Please see our equipment recommendations on the Boundary main page or even more detail on our "Equipment Tips" page of our Travel Tips.

Also important: You will encounter many gates along the TCT in the Boundary region. These gates are in place for a reason, and users should ensure to CLOSE the gates behind themselves. Closing the gates will ensure that livestock do not escape - preventing them from wandering to areas (such as the highways) which would be unsafe for them as well as drivers. The gates also prevent access of the trail by unauthorized motorized users. They are a small inconvenience to trail users, but they are necessary and should be respected.

Trail Operator: 

  • Rec Sites and Trails BC (department of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) (trail portions). Trail users are encouraged to call 1-844-676-8477 if you want to report an infraction on any section of the trail.
  • Ministry of Forests administers the portions which have been converted to forest service roads
  • Ministry of Transportion administers the portions which are now regional roadways

Trail Stewards and Volunteers: 

  • Trails to the Boundary Society (McCulloch to Eholt) Contact: website forthcoming, visit their Facebook page
  • Midway Trails (portions of trail close to Midway and Rock Creek)

Parking & Staging Areas

The Midway Railway Museum can provide parking and plenty of tourism information.

Printable Maps & Directions (PDF)

Report a Trail Closure


Trail maintenance issues are the responsibility of the Trail Steward, which is either the trail owner or a group given authorization to perform maintenance work. Trails BC is a trail steward for a very limited number of trail segments on the Trans Canada Trail; unfortunately, if a major trail issue occurs along the Trans Canada Trail, there is often very little we can do about it - but we can try to pass on the information to the trail steward, if one exists.

Information such as a precise location (GPS waypoint), photo, as well as your contact information is extremely helpful to ensure the problem is accurately reported.

AGAIN, DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT NOTICES ABOUT TRAILS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL. We will simply delete the submission and it will not be posted or passed on to anyone. If you need to report a closure on such a trail, please determine the trail owner or operator and send a notice to them.

Would it be unwise to continue through the closure or blockage? You may add more detail in your report.
Please enter your trail closure report. Include a GPS location or a detailed description of its precise location.
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If the blockage/closure can be bypassed, please include your recommended route to do so!