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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)|
|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!|
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About the Route:
The Columbia & Western Railway from Midway to Grand Forks begins as a pleasant stretch of trail with at first sandy surface conditions. With the motorized use this route is getting rougher, but it's worth the ride to not be on the busy highway. At Boundary Falls it levels out to Greenwood and be sure to take a moment to check out the town of Greenwood when passing through. Large bell-shaped coal slag heaps (called "Hell's Bells" by the locals) are one of many attractions. Also, a stroll down Greenwood's main drag is a trip back in time!
The Tunnel of Flags is located north of Greenwood at the highway crossing. Watch for traffic at this, as well as the other highway crossing just west of Eholt. It's a gentle uphill to Eholt, through pastureland and a great birding area. Please stay on the trail and close gates! Though little to nothing remains of Eholt Station, it once rested at the summit of the pass - and northernmost point between Greenwood and Grand Forks. Eholt became the CPR's divisional point and ore hauling headquarters. Due south and higher still was the growing city of Phoenix with its rich copper and gold mines; a branch line with spurs was built to carry Phoenix ores to local smelters. Eholt yards included a roundhouse, and powerful Shay locomotives which made daily trips to Phoenix. By 1920, an amazing 15 million tons of ores had been shipped, but the mines soon closed, and Eholt like Phoenix was abandoned.
Further east from Eholt, the north-facing forested area between to Granby tunnel can be a dark and perhaps gloomy place, but after turning south and passing through the tunnel, views of the Granby river valley below will lift your spirits! An emergency shelter is located immediately south of the tunnel with bunks and tables, however there is no water source until you reach Fisherman Creek several kms to the east.
The Columbia & Western runs downhill from the flanks of Thimble Mountain at the Granby Tunnel, through the streets of Grand Forks.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
- Hell's Bells in Greenwood
- Downtown Greenwood
- Granby Tunnel (11 km east of Eholt Station)
- Emergency Shelter (bunks and tables) immediately south of Granby Tunnel - with fantastic views of the Granby River
Important: You will almost certainly encounter motorized vehicles along the route, particularly ATVs and dirt bikes, which could be travelling at high speeds. Over the years, unregulated motorized use has degraded the trail surface along the Columbia & Western, making many areas quite challenging for hikers and cyclists. Users should come prepared for sandy conditions. Please see our equipment recommendations on the Boundary main page or even more detail on our "Equipment Tips" page of our Travel Tips.
Important: You may encounter ticks along the trail. You may wish to wear long pants, tucking the bottoms into your socks while avoiding the foliage at the edges of the trail.
Also important: You will encounter many gates along the TCT in the Boundary region. These gates are in place for a reason, and users should ensure to CLOSE the gates behind themselves. Closing the gates will ensure that livestock do not escape - preventing them from wandering to areas (such as the highways) which would be unsafe for them as well as drivers. The gates also prevent access of the trail by unauthorized motorized users. They are a small inconvenience to trail users, but they are necessary and should be respected.
- Rec Sites and Trails BC (department of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations). Trail users are encouraged to call 1-844-676-8477 if you want to report an infraction on any section of the trail.
Trail Stewards and Volunteers:
The Midway Railway Museum can provide parking and plenty of tourism information.