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Welcome to the Official Columbia and Western Trail Web Site

Welcome to the Columbia and Western Trail


Trail Closure Advisory

Bulldog Tunnel- Timber-Set Collapse

Please be advised that some of the timber-sets have collapsed inside the east-end (Castlegar side) of Bulldog Tunnel. Until further notice the Bulldog tunnel has been CLOSED OFF to trail use to protect the trail users and traveling public. Please stay well away from the timber sets inside and don't climb over it as more is expected to come down over the coming days and weeks. 

There is no alternative route or bypass at this time.

Hopefully we will be able to clear the wooden debris as soon as it is safe to do so.

Sorry for any inconvenience this has caused if you are planning to ride the Columbia and Western trail.







The Columbia and Western Rail Trail is located in Southern British Columbia. The trail rides along the abandon Canadian Pacific Railway from Castlegar, British Columbia to Midway, British Columbia. At Midway it then joins the Famous Kettle Valley Railway line.



To promote the Columbia and Western trail for all to enjoy while advocating for Hiking, Biking and Summer Sport user groups to use at no charge to the trail user "Maintaining the Past, Building for the Future"



The Columbia and Western Trail Society was formed in 2000 to Promote, Educate and Maintain a distance of 80 Km. (Castlegar to Fife.)  It is a Non-Profit organization to work with local and provincial governments for funding, work with interest clubs, to maintain this as a world class Rail / Trail.



The Columbia and Western  Rail Trail is 162 Km long from Castlegar, British Columbia to Midway, B.C. and travels the abandon Canadian Pacific Boundary Subdivision with the last train going thru in 1991. In 2000 the C.P.R. donated the line to the Province of British Columbia for a Recreational trail to form the British Columbia's Trans-Canada Trail network.


Posted 2012-09-30 14:58:21