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.