Alternative to the Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) for Cyclists: Chilliwack to Hope, 68 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: 

This route bypasses the more adventurous Paleface Pass route which travels through the Chilliwack River and Silver/Skagit River Valleys - and climbs over the Cascade mountain range. We recommend this bypass route for all Trans Canada Trail users from mid-October to July. Throughout the rest of the year, Paleface Pass is normally laden with snow.  This route is useful for cross-country cyclists carrying panniers and/or a trailer.

Connection Points to the TCT: 

The western terminus of this alternate route connects to the Trans Canada Trail in Chilliwack near the Vedder Junction. For westbound travellers heading towards Vancouver, the Trans Canada Trail continues west along the Vedder River on the Rotary Trail. More information can be found on the TCT Abbotsford page.

The eastern terminus of this route connects to the Trans Canada Trail outside the Hope Visitor Centre at the corner of Hudsons Bay Street and Water Ave. If heading east towards the Coquihalla, continue NE on Hudsons Bay Street for 1 block, then turn left (North) on Fraser Ave for 2 blocks, turning right (NE) on Wallace Street. For more details about the TCT route to the Coquihalla, visit our TCT Coquihalla page. For those following the Paleface Pass Bypass route west towards Chilliwack, get onto Highway 1 from this point and travel north along the water - the highway will soon cross the Fraser River on the large bridge at the north end of town.

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

The main features of this route takes in the Old Chilliwack City Centre and country settings along the Fraser River.  It also offers the opportunity to visit Harrison Hot Springs from Agassiz, a super tourist center (10 to 15 km one-way).  Along the north side of the Fraser the Highway passes by a few other Sto-lo Nations. As well,  views of Mt. Cheam and other peaks are quite spectacular all the way along the North side of the Fraser.

Before heading out, getting snack at the Minter Gardens north of the Old Chilliwack City Centre is a great stop.

Directions: Eastbound

To detour around the Chilliwack River and Silver/Skagit Valleys (travelling east from Chilliwack to Hope, 65 km)

  • From the end of the Rotary Vedder Trail on Vedder Road turn north.
  • Follow Vedder Road to Thomas Rd. and turn right up to where it makes a sharp left.
  • Pick up on a community trail known as the Teskey Trail and take it to the Junction of Promotroy Road and Chilliwack River Rd.
  • Head North on Chilliwack River Road for quite a ways and proceed over the Trans Canada Highway along the railway bridge.
  • Continue northward on Young Street.
  • Stay on Young Street past Yale Road and through the Old City Centre.
  • Continue past Camp River Rd and veer to the right on Tower Rd up to Brinx Rd.
  • Turn Left on MacDonald Rd. right up to the River front's Ballam Rd.
  • After 1 km take a narrow road to the dike.  Head east on this dike and follow it for 11 km to Ferry Road.
  • Follow Ferry Rd all the way to the Agassiz Bridge through a provincial park as you approach and go under the Agassiz bridge onto a cloverleaf to go over the bridge.
  • Heading north, cross the Fraser River over the bridge to Agassiz on #9 and turn right on the first road you see, Whelpton Rd.  Take it to Bridge Rd. and turn left.
  • As it turns right it becomes Martin Rd. 
  • Continue past Johnson Rd along McDonald Rd to Tanmer Rd. and turn left  and continue all the way to Hwy 7.
  • Follow #7 Hwy eastward for 29 km to #1 Highway entering Hope.
  • Follow #1 Highway southward to the Information Centre in Hope. You are now back on the trunk route of the Trans Canada Trail.  Take a photo at the Trans Canada Trail Kiosk.  The Hope information is in the Hope to Brookmere section.

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!