SPUR: Columbia River Trail (Castlegar to Trail)

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 Trans Canada Trail splits in the city of Castlegar; while the main route travels east from the Brilliant Suspension Bridge towards Nelson along the Kootenay River, the traditional route runs south towards the city of Trail. This latter portion of the Trans Canada Trail could be described as a spur - it does not continue further than Trail in this direction.

From the Brilliant Suspension Bridge the route follows existing trails along the riverbank through Selkirk College and under the Kinnaird Bridge. Roadways through Ootischenia are necessary in order to connect with the Columbia River Trail which begins near the old settlement of Blagodatnoye. Keep in mind that the Columbia River Trail passes through some private property - stay on the trail and leave no trace!

The Columbia River Trail - and even some sections from Castlegar to Ootischenia - is moderately challenging for touring cyclists lugging trailers or carrying panniers. Consider an alternate route using roadways. That said, there are no major obstacles - but several narrow sections and steep climbs/descents.

Spring flooding can be an issue along this entire route in early summer.

Closer to the city of Trail, the route run through Sunningdale and East Trail. A Trans Canada Trail pavilion is located in Gyro Park.

Trail Highlights and Developments: 

Some highlights in the city of Trail include:

  • Fantastic views of the Columbia River from Gyro Park
  • Hiking and Mountain Biking trail options abound! Check the Kootenay Columbia Trails Society's site for details
  • Be sure to check out the remains of the Blagodatnoye settlement and its orchards at the north end of the Columbia River Trail.

The trail route will be improved and extended into downtown Trail once a pedestrian bridge is constructed over the Columbia River.

Also, a connector trail to the city of Rossland using former rail grade exists; please see our map for more details (see the "Alternate Trails" layer). From Rossland, one can continue west to Christina Lake using the Dewdney Trail (hiking and equestrian friendly) or the old Cascade Highway (rugged, but bicycle-friendly).

About the Gaps: 

The original proposed route of the Trans Canada Trail connected the city of Trail to Salmo. There was hope to develop trails, but the route simply used the highway via Montrose and Fruitvale for many years. This route of course can be followed, but for now, it will remain undesignated and not part of the Trans Canada Trail.

Trail Operator: 

Trail Stewards and Volunteers: 

Parking & Staging Areas

Parking is available at Gyro Park.

Public Washrooms

Washrooms are available at Gyro Park

Shopping & Provisions

A safeway grocery store is located just south of the Victoria Street (Highway 3B) bridge on the east side of the river.

Directions: Southbound

For the section of Trans Canada Trail (Sunningdale in the north to East Trail in the south) from Sunningdale into the city of Trail:

From the water tower above Sunningdale, the trail follows the gravel service road. When reaching Marianna Crescent, turn right (SW) towards the river. Marianna becomes Hazelwood Drive. Continue along Hazelwood to the end, where it meets Hillside - the road becomes Charles Lakes Drive. A trail on the right (SW) side runs along the river, at the same elevation as the road. This paved trail is in perfect shape and provides views of the river below. At Gyro Park, you will find the Trans Canada Trail Pavilion. The trail will continue through the park, remaining parallel to the river, before ending at an unnamed road (essentially a back alleyway). Turn right onto the road, following it until the road ends and a trail runs under the highway bridge. The trail currently terminates at the future site of a pedestrian bridge (yet to be constructed) that will cross the Columbia River and arrive in downtown Trail.

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!