Welcome. Here you’ll find information and maps to guide you through some of the province’s most stunning landscapes as you explore BC’s Trans Canada Trail.
(12 km one way/24 km return)
Trail conditions: generally uphill from Greenwood to Eholt; the trail surface is a mix of hard packed gravel with some unconsolidated portions.
This trip takes you along the abandoned CPR Columbia and Western Railway. Start your day trip from downtown Greenwood; one option is to begin from the City Park campsite in the heart of Greenwood.
Head east out of the city along the trail. Please be aware that some of the trail on this route passes through private agricultural land. Respect signs and gates, and if you must travel with a dog, please keep it on a leash as unleashed dogs have harassed cattle and horses in the area.
Your turnaround point is at Eholt, a railroad divisional point that was once home to about 300 people. Return to Greenwood.
(15 km one way/30 km return)
Trail conditions: relatively level and easy terrain; the trail surface is a mix of hard packed gravel with some unconsolidated portions.
Head west out of Greenwood along the trail. Most of this route runs fairly close to Highway 3. Approximately 4 km west of Greenwood you will come across Boundary Creek Provincial Park, a small park on the banks of Boundary Creek. In the creek are small rainbow or brook trout.
If you look closely, you may see evidence of the area’s mining history along this stretch of trail. Closer to Greenwood, slag heaps and a crumbling stack nearby mark the site of the B.C. Copper Company smelter that once employed 400 men during its years of operation from 1901 to 1918.
Continue on to your destination for this day trip, Midway, named so because it is located midway across BC, between the Rockies and the Pacific. Years ago, Midway boomed with the mining activity in the area and its population swelled to over 6,000. The town is also known as the site of the famous Battle of Midway – the fight for rail supremacy between the CPR and Great Northern rail companies. Midway is the eastern entrance to the Kettle Valley Railway, and the western start of the CPR’s Columbia & Western Railway. There is a municipal park on the banks of the Kettle River, and some services are available here in Midway.
One of the main attractions in Midway is the Kettle River Museum on Highway 3, just west of the town. The museum is housed in an early 1900s CPR station building which was moved to this location in 1985. Displays highlight the area’s history. The Kettle River Museum is open daily (from May 15 – Sept. 15), from 10am — 4:30pm.
For more information on Midway, call the Travel Info Centre at (250) 449-2614. The Village of Midway has a website at http://www.midwaybc.ca/ or call (250) 449-2222.
Return to Greenwood to complete your day trip.
(40 km one way/80 km return)
Again, your trip begins from Greenwood as you head west past Midway. Note that the trail crosses Highway 3 just west of Midway; watch for local signage and be cautious of traffic as you cross the highway.
The trail meanders along the bank of the Kettle River. This section crosses private property and farm land. Please respect all signage, fencing and gates, and stay on the trail. As you near Rock Creek, you will pass the Kettle River RV Park and the Kettle Valley Golf Club phone: (250) 446-2826.
Rock Creek is the next stop, located at the junction of Highways 3 and 33.
This small community of 300 has some accommodations, general stores, a first aid clinic and an elementary school. Back in the mid 1800’s, more than 500 miners were busy panning the creeks and tributaries in the Rock Creek area. You can rent pans at the creek to test your gold panning skills. After the mining boom, Rock Creek diversified and branched out into agriculture, lumber and ranching. Today, some of the finest blue ribbon livestock in BC is raised in Rock Creek and surrounding area. If you are riding the trail during the third week of September, don’t miss the Rock Creek Fall Fair, the biggest little Fair in BC. Up to 12,000 visitors come for the annual event. For tourist information on Rock Creek, call the Gold Canyon Highlands Tourism Association at (250) 446-2455.
The final stop on this trip is the Kettle River Provincial Recreation Area, 5 km north of Rock Creek. This park offers 87 campsites and to reserve a spot for the night.Community Information