Family biking in grasslands (Picture BC photo)
Cycling in Castlegar and the surrounding Kootenay Rockies region facilitates close-up and personal experiences with landscape, wildlife, and weather.
Castlegar sits at the eastern end of the now defunct Columbia and Western Railway, and abandoned rail beds provide cycling trails into the wilderness. When cycling along the highway, traffic tends to be light, and mountain passes, although challenging, are there to be conquered one pedal rotation at a time.
Columbia and Western Railway Trail
The Columbia and Western Railway (C&W) was built to carry mineral ores from the southern part of the Kootenay Rockies to the coast. In its glory days, the C&W connected with the Kettle Valley Railway into the Okanagan Valley and the coast. The last freight left Castlegar in 1989. Today, this abandoned railway route is a great cycling trail. However, some portions of the trail can be difficult.
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Silverton, British Columbia
West Canada Bike Tours has been organizing escorted bicycle tours on the BC Spirit of 2010 Trail since 1997. This abandoned railway corridor, including the legendary Kettle Valley Railway, is the backbone and gem of the Trans Canada Trail: converted Rails-to-Trails without automobiles. The fully-supported adventure tours immerse recreational cyclists in a unique wilderness experience in Western Canada's spectacular scenery.
Our multi-day cycling tours begin in Castlegar or Calgary, which also include the Rockies' famous Icefields Parkway, and end either in Penticton, Castlegar or Vancouver.
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