Rails to Trails

August 30, 2011

Rails To Trails

Rails to Trails

The East Kootenay region is known for its beautiful scenery and walking, running, biking, rollerblading, or skateboarding can be a great way to appreciate that scenery.  A great trail that can be adapted for any of these non-motorized activities, as well as any age or fitness level, is the Kimberley-Cranbrook Rail to Trails recreation path. 

The three metre wide, 25 kilometre long trail officially opened in September of 2010 and is the result of the collaborative work of the City of Kimberley, the City of Cranbrook, Canadian Pacific, the Province of BC, and the Government of Canada.  A future inclusion into the Trans Canada Trail is planned.

The trail’s promotion and maintenance is the responsibility of the Rails to Trails Committee, which is a public committee made up of representatives from Kimberley, Cranbrook, and the Regional District of East Kootenay.  

The rail system between Kimberley and Cranbrook got its start in 1899 for the transportation of material from the North Star and Sullivan Mines.  According to GO Kimberley magazine, there “was even a passenger train operating daily from Cranbrook to Kimberley until the 1950’s”.  The Sullivan Mine closed in December of 2001, leaving the rail system abandoned and creating the opportunity for the rails to trails transformation.

Experience the trail with www.everytrail.com below:

Cranbrook to Kimberley Rails to Trails

We would love to hear about your trail experience!

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