ONLY USE THIS FORM TO REPORT CLOSURES ON THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL / THE GREAT TRAIL.
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.
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Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) in the Upper Elk Valley: The Elk Valley Trail from Elkford to the Alberta Border via Elk Pass, 76 km
Travelling north from Elkford, the Trans Canada Trail is now designated, travelling west to the Wapiti ski hill, then north to Round Prairie. From the northern limit of town (at "Crossing Creek" or "Round Prairie" depending on who you ask) the route is designated and ready to take you north to Alberta; it simply follows the Elk Valley Highway.
The road continues to Elk Lakes Provincial Park, and once in the park, travellers can follow the powerline trail as it continues north through the park, reaching the Alberta border and continental divide. From here, the trail is being developed by our Albertan friends and will continue to Banff through "Kananaskis country" in Peter Lougheed Provincial Park.
Many of the road connections used in this area are Forest Service Roads, maintained by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. Visit their Roads and Bridge Works page if unsure about the current status of a road along your route.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
The route into Elk Pass is a remote and challenging journey, and travellers should be self sufficient and be prepared to turn back if necessary due to the topography, lack of roads and possibility of washed out bridges. Be sure to check in with the Elkford visitor centre for updates about road and trail conditions. Spring floods create closures from time to time. Two alternate routes to Alberta are:
East from Sparwood on Highway 3 over Crowsnest Pass. North on Highway 40 (Alberta) will bring you to Upper Kananaskis Lake, just north of Elk Pass
Detour the entire Elk Valley using Highway 93 from Cranbrook north to the Bow Valley and Trans Canada Highway. The Bow Valley parkway will provide some respite from the busy TCH traffic but is better used in the morning or evening when traffic is lower. There is no shoulder - consider riding when the sun is at your back (westbound in morning, eastbound in evening) so passing drivers will have better visibility
There are no formal accomodations along this portion of the route, except for within the city of Elkford. Numerous campsites are available north of Elkford at designated provincial forestry recreation sites marked on our maps.