Hayward Lake Railway Trail

Port Coquitlam, British Columbia

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This trail is located in Port Coquitlam. For riders interested n mixing a little riding with a bit of history, the 5.73 km (3.44 miles) Hayward Railway Trail provides the perfect mix or you can make a 13.65 km (8.2 miles) loop using existing roadways. Along the route, numerous interpretive signs help bring the history of this unique rail line back to life. While you pedal along this serene mountain lake, it's difficult to imagine the black smoke and noise that accompanied the old steam locomotives during the early part of the century. During its heyday, beginning at the turn of the century and extending into the 1940s, the trains chugged their way along this route. In 1921, the steam locomotives were replaced by electric engines, and in 1929-30 the Ruskin Dam was built, creating Hayward Lake. The construction of the dam meant the rail line had to be elevated above the high-water line, and many of these original trestles still stand today, a haunting reminder of the romantic age of train travel.

Hayward Lake Railway Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This trail is located in Port Coquitlam. For riders interested n mixing a little riding with a bit of history, the 5.73 km (3.44 miles) Hayward Railway Trail provides the perfect mix or you can make a 13.65 km (8.2 miles) loop using existing roadways. Along the route, numerous interpretive signs help bring the history of this unique rail line back to life. While you pedal along this serene mountain lake, it's difficult to imagine the black smoke and noise that accompanied the old steam locomotives during the early part of the century.

During its heyday, beginning at the turn of the century and extending into the 1940s, the trains chugged their way along this route. In 1921, the steam locomotives were replaced by electric engines, and in 1929-30 the Ruskin Dam was built, creating Hayward Lake. The construction of the dam meant the rail line had to be elevated above the high-water line, and many of these original trestles still stand today, a haunting reminder of the romantic age of train travel."

Activity Type: Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Port Coquitlam
Distance: 8.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Technical Difficulty: Easy
Physical Difficulty: Moderate
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: NTS 92 G / 1 Mission
Driving Directions: Directions to Hayward Lake Railway Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/15/2009
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A terrible bike ride, could be a very nice hike. Lots of wooden paths and steps. Looks like the trail used to be nice, but slides have made the trail go around the flat areas. We took kids, and a trailer and it was a miserable day. Suggestion, the lake is nice. Instead of starting where the book says (wrong!!), start at Stave Park at the other end, just ride until it gets steeps (about 3 miles) and turn around. Then swim at the beach and enjoy the day. The roads are also too steep for kids. There was also a bear sighted on the trail, so stay aware. Seems like this book is very outdated and I would be very cautious using any other recommendations from this book.- David



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May 2018