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Castlegar — Christina Lake

87.6 Km

The trail rides along the abandoned CPR from Castlegar to Midway, where it joins the famous Kettle Valley Railway Line. At the halfway point, enjoy Christina Lake – Canada’s warmest tree-lined lake offering sandy beaches, water sports and many other local attractions. The trail begins alongside Lower Arrow Lake and by the Hugh Keenleyside Dam. The Kettle Valle Railway line was constructed to a magnificent standard, with finely-crafted quarried stone culverts, retaining walls and bridge abutments. Several massive steel trestles span deep ravines, and substantial stone walls secure the rail bed to the terrain. There is a sequence of short tunnels that culminate at the entrance to the impressive 912-metre Bull Dog Tunnel, where the railway abruptly turns away from the lovely Arrow Lake Valley.

*This section of trail has not received regulatory clarity regarding trail users. We ask all users to be cautious and aware that users vary from highway vehicles, all-terrain vehicles to bicycles and hikers. Please respect other users and be cautious while utilizing this section of the trail. 

Local Accommodation & Food and Beverage Resources:

Destination Castlegar

Christina Lake

Trail Features

This trail is accessible for everyone.
This trail is accessible by bike.
This trail has at least one bridge.
Food & Drink
This trail has food & drink options.
This trail is accessible by hiking.
Trail is a loop
May Have Motorized Vehicles
Free parking at the trailhead.
Pet Friendly
This trail is pet friendly.
This trail has a restroom for public use.
This trail has water fountains.

Trail Difficulty

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