Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) in the Elko Area: The Elk Valley Trail from Wardner to Fernie, 95 km

Map Legend & Disclaimer

Note that you can click on each object on the map to obtain details about it.

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:

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".

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!.

Please contact Trails BC if you require in-depth trail knowledge or have suggestions or corrections. Support us by becoming a member or donating funds!

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 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 Creek, trails users will find themselves on a gravel 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. An alternative route is simply staying on Highway 3 (preferably only from Elko to Morrissey)

From Morrissey Creek north to Fernie, mountain biking trails known as the "Elk Valley Trail" take in views of the looming mountain ridge lying on the west side of the Elk River. Portions of the route are challenging, so River Road and Cokato Road can be used as bypasses for touring cyclists.

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

Many portions of this trail were recently developed. Some highlights of the proposed route include:

  • The calm waters of Lake Koocanusa and camping opportunities at Kikomun Park
  • 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.

Trail Operator: 

  • Wardner to Kikomun Creek is mostly forestry roads, maintained and operated by the Ministry of Forests. Exceptions to this include the short sections of Provincial highway (operated by the Ministry of Transportation)
  • Kikomun Creek Provincial Park - trails within the park are operated by BC Parks
  • Bayne's Lake to Elko and onward to Morrissey Creek is mostly on forestry roads, operated by the Ministry of Forests
  • Morrissey Creek to Fernie is mostly on trails maintained by the Fernie Trails Alliance. This does not include connections using Cokato Road.
  • City of Fernie (within city limits)

Trail Stewards and Volunteers: 

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.
JPG format only, 3 MB max. You must click "upload" after selecting file.
If the blockage/closure can be bypassed, please include your recommended route to do so!