Alternate Route to the Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) over Gray Creek Pass: A Cycling Bypass from Gray Creek to Cranbrook via Creston, 175 km

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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

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About the Route: 

This alternate route is a suitable route for bicyclists headed across BC between Gray Creek and Cranbrook, to avoid the often-closed Gray Creek Pass forest service road on the main TCT route. Due to snow that clings to the Pass until as late as early July (and as early as October), all users should research trail conditions over Gray Creek Pass and consider using this route as a substitute. The road between the community of Gray Creek and Creston is usually fairly quiet with undulating but mildly challenging hills. The roadside has a lean shoulder in most places. Users will see many other bicyclists along this route, and the views of Kootenay Lake are spectacular. Services are minimal but a cafe can be found on the southern end near Sirdar. Creston is a full service community.

Between Creston and Cranbrook, the main highway provides a brisk ride but has unpleasant rumble strips in places and heavy traffic with transport and logging trucks. Extra caution should be used along the entire route, though many sections have a decent shoulder.

The entire bypass often takes 2 full days, with Creston being a suitable place for an overnight rest.

Connection Points to the TCT: 

The seasonal route to bypass Gray Creek Pass runs from the hamlet of Gray Creek south along the shore of Kootenay Lake following Highway 3A towards Creston; its connection point to the Trans Canada Trail is at the intersection of Highway 3A and Oliver Road. Instead of taking Oliver Road east, uphill to the Pass, simply continue south of Highway 3A. For those travelling west, arriving from Creston, continue north on the highway to the Kootenay Bay ferry.

The Gray Creek Pass bypass route travels from Gray Creek to Cranbrook via Creston, completely bypassing Kimberley. The eastern terminus of this route connects to the Trans Canada Trail in Cranbrook at the intersection of 14 Ave South and 2 Street South, immediately south of the Cranbrook TCT Pavilion. Technically the Cranbrook portion of the TCT creates a spur, so in order to continue east on the TCT from this point, take the trail north across the park and towards downtown. For those joining the alternate route in order to travel west to Gray Creek and Nelson, continue west on 2 Street South, turning left onto Highway 3.

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

  • Beautiful views of Kootenay Lake
  • Gently rolling shoreline paved route between Gray Creek and Creston; a road biker's dream.
  • Creston is home to Columbia Brewery, home of Kokanee beer and more; drop in and take the tour!


Campgrounds can be found at Gray Creek, Creston and Cranbrook. See our maps for locations.

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!