BC 2010 British Columbia Rail Trails Cycling Hiking Walking Riding

Welcome to Spirit of 2010 Trail Official Web site

The Spirit of 2010 Trail is British Columbia’s unique opportunity for residents and visitors to experience an extensive corridor of recreational trails for hiking, walking, cycling, horseback riding or cross country skiing.

The Spirit of 2010 Trail has been developed through a unique collaboration of the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, Tourism British Columbia, the Trans Canada Trail Foundation, the Cowichan Valley Regional District, the Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen, the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary and the Regional District of the Central Kootenay.

The main rail trails that form the Spirit of 2010 Trail include the Cowichan Valley Rail Trail, the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the Columbia & Western Rail Trail, the Slocan Valley Rail Trail and the Salmo Troup Rail Trail. Please reference the attached map to find the locations of each of these rail trails.

What is a rail trail?

Trail advocates have been converting decommissioned rail corridors in North America into recreational use trails since the early 1970s. The Spirit of 2010 Trail is the result of an initiative to convert our former railway corridors into multiple use recreational trails, producing a world-class trail system intertwining unique regional destinations and natural resources. The trails touch on more than 30 communities across British Columbia and currently cover more than 750 kilometres. Each rail trail offers its own unique attractions and points of interest.

The Spirit of 2010 Trail allows for recreational travel in the scenic and natural settings of each region while also giving access to national and provincial parks, wineries, cultural attractions, resorts, farmland and marine life. The primary activities throughout the trail system offer non-motorized cycling, walking, hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.