The Spirit of 2010 Trail is the first segment in the creation of world class recreational rails to trails product that will stimulate the development of incremental tourism infrastructure and incremental tourism visits across a significant portion of British Columbia. The Spirit of 2010 Trail is 750 kilometres in length and there is the potential to convert over 2000 kilometres of rail trails in total. The rails to trails movement has become an accepted model in North America for sustainable economic development in rural and urban areas. It is the conversion of former railway corridors into world-class recreational trails for use by cyclists, hikers, equestrians and Nordic skiers. It has enabled primarily rural communities to develop a sustainable business case for economic development using rail trails.

All of the corridors along this trail run through, or adjacent to forest dependent communities adversely affected by declines in softwood lumber trading. The Spirit of 2010 Trail network will enable the economies of the affected communities to lessen their dependence on traditional primary resource industries and develop new direct and indirect spending through incremental visits from international, national and regional visitors and local jobs.

The trails will serve as a meeting place for the community, provide a tourist attraction and foster local pride through the preservation of heritage and culture.

RAIL TRAIL RESOURCES:

Trans Canada Trail www.tctrail.ca
Trails Society of British Columbia www.trailsbc.ca
Rails to Trails Conservancy (USA) www.railtrails.org
American Trails Organisation (USA) www.americantrails.org
A cycling guide to Rail Trails (USA) www.trailsfromrails.com
International: www.railserve.com/Rails_to_Trails/

SPIRIT OF 2010 TRAIL REGIONAL DISTRICTS AND COMMUNITIES

The Central Kootenays Regional District
Web: www.rdck.bc.ca
Tel: 1 800 268 7325

The Regional District of the Okanagan Similkameen
Web: www.rdos.bc.ca
Tel: 1 877 610 3737

The Cowichan Valley Regional District
Web: www.cvrd.bc.ca
Tel: 250 746 2500

Kootenay-Boundary Regional District
Web: www.rdkb.com
Tel: 1 800 355 7352

Nelson Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.discovernelson.com
Tel: 250 352 3433

Kelowna Chamber of Commerce

Web: www.tourismkelowna.org
Tel: 250 861 1515

Salmo Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.Salmo.net
Tel: 250 357-2596

Beaverdell Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 250 484 5315

Midway Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.midwaybc.cjb.net
Tel: 250 449 2222

Grand Forks Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.grandforkschamber.com
Tel: 250 442 2833

Rock Creek (Osoyoos Chamber of Commerce)
Web: www.osoyooschamber.bc.ca
Tel: 250 495 7142

Duncan-Cowichan Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.duncancc.bc.ca
Tel: 250 748 1111

Salmo and District Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.salmo.net

Castlegar and District Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.castlegar.com
Tel: 250 365 6313

Penticton Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.penticton.org
Tel: 1 800 663 5052

Slocan District Chamber of Commerce
Web: www.slocanlake.com
Tel: 250 358 2719