Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) Development: A New Trail from Cranbrook to Wardner

Map Legend: 

  • Point A: Cranbrook Trailhead
  • Point B: Eastern Terminus of Cranbrook City ROW
  • Point C: Pritchard Road
  • Point D: Ha Ha Road
  • Point E: Steamboat Hill
  • Trail Section A to B: Rail Grade on city of Cranbrook "fee simple" property used as utility corridor (Green line)
  • Trail Section B to C: Rail Grade from Cranbrook to Pritchard Road on Crown land (Green line).
  • Trail Section C to D: Mayook Bypass Route (Orange line). Private property boundary shown (Cyan line)
  • Trail Section D to E and beyond to Wardner: Rail Grade on Crown land, Ha Ha Creek Road to Wardner (Blue line)

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!.

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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 Project: 

Trails BC is pleased to be the proponent of the new Cranbrook to Wardner Destination trail. With the National Trans Canada Trail Foundation as the primary funder and with the growing support of local community partners, agencies, and different levels of governments this is an opportunity to provide the local community with a quality recreational trail that will promote active and healthy living.

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For more information about the project refer to the Facebook page for the latest news and updates.

With the support from individuals in Cranbrook, Kimberley, Jaffary and affected communities Wardner and Mayook, including people with government backgrounds in trail and trail infrastructure, building and planning. Local recreational groups are also involved as well as community service clubs. First nations have been invited to participate in the project

With a TCT funded feasibility, evaluation and preliminary concept design study already completed, as well as a formal trail application with the RSTBC branch of the provincial government submitted in 2013 we started trail development in June of 2014 of Phase 1 of the project.

The trail for the most part will utilize an abandoned rail corridor on crown land from Cranbrook to Warder with a bypass around private interests at Mayook. The model of utilizing abandoned rail corridors as managed trails has proven to be a successful utilization of these corridors all across North America.

The improved crushed gravel surfaced trail will have the potential not only to promote healthy and active living but be a recreational asset that will be a boost to the tourism economy of the region. As a rustic and scenic complement to the already popular NorthStar Rails to Trails, this proposal will enhance outdoor recreational opportunities for our regional communities as well as serve to make the region a popular destination for trail users.

In March of 2013 Trails BC signed an agreement with the City of Cranbrook which reconfirms the use of the city’s 4.5 km owned portion of the rail grade ROW as a trail. This ROW is currently used for the city’s existing underground sanitary line.  In April 2013 Cranbrook City Council passed a resolution in support for the Cranbrook Wardner trail. 

Trails BC and Trans Canada Trail has identified the Cranbrook to Wardner Destination Trail as one of the most if not most likely candidate trail proposal in the province to develop by the 2017 deadline. 

The overall trail concept plan has identified existing trail infrastructure and amenities that will be integrated to the trail project. Mile 0 of the trail will start at the Cranbrook Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center on Highway 3.  In 2014 the City of Cranbrook has developed a 500 meter paved pathway across from the highway that connects the Visitor Center to the existing legacy Rotary Way Pathway which then leads north to the Isadore Canyon Trailhead.  Trail end will be at the Wardner Provincial Day use park, there is also a local community provided camp ground within Wardner. The concept plan also identifies connections to the Highway 3 Ramparts Rest stop.

Trails BC is the pending trail steward for this trail with the support of local trail users. We will be using Trafx trail counters to gather data trail use.  This data helps us to better understand and manage our trails, and will be useful when applying for grants and other funding.

Project Timeline: 

The project is broken down into three phases

Phase 1 (2014) successfully completed.

  • 7.5 km resurfacing rail grade from City of Cranbrook owned effluent line to Pritchard Road
  • 3.5 km new trail to trail amenity at the Highway 3 Rest Stop at Ramparts Prairie
  • Start of rail grade resurfacing from Wardner to Tokay Hills

Phase 2 (2015) 

  • Complete rail grade resurfacing from Tokay Hills to near Wardner 2.3 km - COMPLETED June 2015
  • New trail construction at Steamboat Hill 1.3 km to connect rail grade sections - COMPLETED Oct  2015
  • Start 17km section of new trail on Mayook Bypass Trail Connector - Started May 2015
  • Complete rail grade resurfacing of 1km at the Isadore Canyon Trailhead. 1 km - COMPLETED Aug 2015
  • Start of rail grade resurfacing from Ha Ha Road to Steamboat Hill - COMPLETED Oct 2016

Phase 3 ( 2016-17)

  • Complete 17 km of new trail Mayook Section - COMPLETED Nov 2016
  • Resurface rail trail Ha Ha Creek Road to Steamboat HIll 3.2km - COMPLETED Oct 2016
  • after City of Cranbrook effluent line replacement, remediation of City of Cranbrook owned Isadore Canyon rail grade for  trail resurfacing 4.5 km -STARTED OCT 2016, work to resume in 2017
  • Construct 1.4 km of new trail in Highway 3 ROW near Wardner - COMPLETED Nov 2016

Keep update with the latest developments at the Cranbrook to Wardner Destination Trail Facebook Page.

  • Great views from the future trail- near Steamboat Hill
  • Resurfaced section near Pritchard Road
  • Recently completed Ramparts Connector Trail
  • 2014 trail construction work on the Ramparts Connector Trail

Trail Highlights: 

  • Cranbrook's Community Forest, located just off the Isadore Canyon trail - a great place for novice mountain biking
  • Wardner Provincial Park (day-use park on the river bank within Wardner)

Chief Isadore Trail from Carla Sinclair on Vimeo.

Additional Resources: 

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!