Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) on the NorthStar Rail Trail: Kimberley to Cranbrook, 30 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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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 mountain views get bolder as TCT travelers move form the eastern edge of the Purcell mountain range at Kimberley, down through the Rocky Mountain Trench beyond Cranbrook, and up toward the western fringes of the Rockies at the community of Wardner.

Kimberley is BC's highest city at 1113 meters and is known as the Baverian City of the Rockies. Close to the downtown center of KImberley at the Platz, the TCT emerges onto the new NorthStar Rails to Trails.

The route from the southern end of the NorthStar to Rotary Way in Cranbrook is in development, but Rotary Way itself is fully designated as Trans Canada Trail and includes a pavilion.

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

  • A 100% Trans Canada Trail designated loop in the city of Kimberley
  • NorthStar Rails to Trails, Canada's new rail trail, a paved 25 km pathway - a highlight of the TCT in Western Canada!
  • Trans Canada Trail Pavilion in Cranbrook


Trail Operator: 

  • City of Kimberley (within city limits, from Kimberley Nature Park to the Northstar's halfway point)
  • City of Cranbrook (within city limits, as well as the south half of Northstar)

Trail Stewards and Volunteers: 

  • Kimberley Nature Park Society (Kimberley Nature Park and within the city of Kimberley)

    This group maintains the 800 hectare(1800 acre) Kimberley Nature Park which is one of the largest municipal parks in Canada. Located entirely within the City boundaries, its varied terrain and diverse ecosystems provide endless opportunities for recreation and education. Several dozen kilometres of multi-use trails, criss-cross the forested hillsides, linking small ponds and panoramic viewpoints into a unique soft-wilderness experience for residents and visitors alike. Hiking and Biking within the park.

  • Northstar Rails2Trails (Facebook page) (Northstar Rail Trail, entire length)

Other Regional Trail Groups: 

  • Cranbrook Community Forest Society maintains the Cranbrook Communmity Forest. The  Communmity Forest area  encompasses 2000 hectares of crown forest land on the east and north boundary of the City of Cranbrook. With over 30 kms of trail here, there is a wide variety of trails for mountain bikers and hikers to enjoy.  To obtain a more detailed trail map of the CF refer to this link

Directions: Eastbound

The exact route through Kimberley may change as the city considers extending the Northstar trail further north from it's current endpoint at Archibald Street. For now, the following directions will lead you on the current route as it leaves the Platzl and reaches the northernmost point of the Northstar Rail to Trail.

  • From the Cuckoo Clock in the Platzl, head east along the Spokane Street walkway, continuing past Wallinger for 60 metres to where Spokane and St. Mary's Ave split
  • Veer right onto St. Mary's, which travels south to Ross Street. Continue on St. Mary's by turning right onto Ross, then immediately left - St. Mary's goes for another 225 metres, crossing Mark Creek and arriving at Ledenhall St/Beale Ave.
  • Turn left and follow Beale as it heads south to the cul-de-sac. The Lion's Way Trail appears on your left, following the river and heading furth south.
  • Lion's Way runs for 450 metres to MacKenzie/Victoria - continue south on Victoria Ave for 300 metres to Archibald.

At this point, the Trans Canada Trail splits. Our original route, now considered a hiking alternative, continues south nearly all the way to Marysville Falls. Suburban road connections can bring you from the end of this trail to the Northstar. Heading back to Kimberley from that point creates a great 12 km loop.

In order to reach the temporary trailhead of the Northstar (it will be moved as the Northstar is extended further north):

  • Turn left on Archibald, crossing Mark Creek, passing in front of the Civic Centre.
  • In 100 metres, Archibald ends at Rotary Drive.

On the opposite side of Rotary, 30 metres to your left, (note a tall red fire hydrant) is a newly paved driveway - you will see the driveway curves to the right, behind the house on the right. This driveway is the temporary entrance to the Northstar Rail Trail.

Once on the Northstar, it's easy to follow the trail for the next 25 km all the way to Cranbrook. Take care at the highway crossings. The Northstar ends at McPhee Rd. From here, theTrans Canada Trail route turns left on McPhee, which crosses Theatre Rd and continues east past the Home Depot. McPhee veers left, then right, nerging with 22nd St N - continue east on 22nd which will arrive at the highway. Crossing the highway, the wooded area ahead is Joseph Creek. The newly constructed Rotary Way is a paved, non-motorized trail which travels to Kokanee Drive North.

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!