Kettle Valley Railway Columbia and Western Railway CAW Boundary Pathway/Castlegar to Midway

Castlegar, British Columbia

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The C&W was originally chartered in 1896 by Fritz Heinze, with the objective to ensure a reliable connection between his smelter in Trail and the markets, without having his hands tied by either Daniel Corbin with the Spokane Falls & Northern Railway or the Columbia & Kootenay Steam & Navigation Company. His planned route was to Penticton, but if dissatisfied with the connection there to the CPR, he planned to take his railway to the coast. In spite of his grand plans, Heinze sold the C&W to CPR in 1898. CPR started construction from Castlegar in 1898, reaching Grand Forks in September of 1899. By 1900 the line reached Midway, with a spur line from Eholt to Phoenix, and a spur from Eholt to the Emma mine. A branch line was built to Deadwood, running behind the smelter at Anaconda. In 1992 the line was abandoned and the tracks removed.
Cycling The Kettle Valley Railway

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Cycling The Kettle Valley Railway

by Dan & Sandra Langford (Rocky Mountain Books)

The C&W was originally chartered in 1896 by Fritz Heinze, with the objective to ensure a reliable connection between his smelter in Trail and the markets, without having his hands tied by either Daniel Corbin with the Spokane Falls & Northern Railway or the Columbia & Kootenay Steam & Navigation Company. His planned route was to Penticton, but if dissatisfied with the connection there to the CPR, he planned to take his railway to the coast. In spite of his grand plans, Heinze sold the C&W to CPR in 1898. CPR started construction from Castlegar in 1898, reaching Grand Forks in September of 1899. By 1900 the line reached Midway, with a spur line from Eholt to Phoenix, and a spur from Eholt to the Emma mine. A branch line was built to Deadwood, running behind the smelter at Anaconda. In 1992 the line was abandoned and the tracks removed.

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Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Castlegar
Distance: 62.6
Elevation Gain: 2,623 feet
Trail Type: Shuttle
Duration: Multiple days
Trailhead Elevation: 1,312 feet
Top Elevation: 3,935 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Kettle Valley Railway Columbia & Western Railway (CAW) (Boundary Pathway)/Castlegar to Midway

Recent Trail Reviews

1/18/2006
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Rode the Christina Lake to Castlegar section at the end of the summmer...the changes and improvements are wonderful. The Bulldog tunnel (1 KM long!) has been shored up, the entire section has been ditched and lots of new culverts installed. This is a most senic section of the KVR/Trans Canada Trail and should be top priority to ride. Day trips are possible as the average ride is about 5 hours from Farron to Castlegar. Get a shuttle at Christina Lake (WildWays bike shop) and start at the Paulson Bridge, or get picked up at the other end


5/3/2003
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This was the worst i have ever been on, while there was a lot of positiveaspects of this trip, there were too many fallbacks like all of the slides and rock falls and washouts along the rail bed.



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