Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails Society is a non-profit charitable, volunteer organization that maintains trails and builds new trails for hiking and biking in the Castlegar area for non-motorized use. We hire a small seasonal crew to undertake trail maintenance. We encourage the use of parks and trails while respecting the natural environment and the area’s cultural heritage.

Members of our organization assist our endeavours by voluntary contributions of labour and/or financial donations in excess of the basic membership. We produce and distribute a Newsletter on the Society’s activities and related interests. The production and distribution of the Newsletter is covered by the Basic Membership fee of $10.00. Voluntary premium memberships bring in revenue for the other aspects of our operations.

If you want to report concerns about the condition of our trails or our activities, you may do so here.


April 2, 2017

The Castlegar Parks and Trails Society would like your input on future trail development in the Castlegar Area. Please take a few minutes to fill out our survey, it is short and sweet. Thank you for your input!

March 17, 2017

Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday April 18th at 7 PM at the Castlegar Complex.  Hope to you see you there.

November 18, 2016

Columbia River Trail is closed for drainage upgrading until further notice.

September 18, 2016

The Castlegar Parks & Trails general meeting is set for Wednesday, October 26th at the Castlegar Community Complex starting at 7 pm. Hope to see everyone there!

August 17, 2016

Message from: Trails to the Boundary Society

Just so you are all aware, there is no water at the Cyclists Rest Stop on the Kettle Valley Railway in Rhone, BC.

The owners are keen to have cyclists and hikers stop by. However, the water is not working there for people expecting it. They had a pump malfunction and it’s not going to be repaired. They don’t welcome overnight camping, it’s just a “rest-stop” and “no camping” sign is posted.

Tap water is in short supply throughout the 155 km between McCulloch and Eholt. We strongly recommend travel with a water filter or purification tablets. Greenwood has tap water at Lions Park and at the Assay Office next to the Greenwood Museum, The Midway Village Campground has spigots, Kettle River Rec Area – the KVR rail trail follows the Kettle River for a significant length. However, faithful tap water is a problem when needing to hydrate on the really hot days we are expecting in the upcoming week.

 Take your kid mountain biking

Posted October 3rd, 2015.

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Wednesday trail build tonight finishing off the last corner of the reroute and starting on the next reroute under the nice shady canopy of the beautiful cedar trees. Best to walk in from the bottom. We will be in the center of the trail. This is on merry go round See MoreSee Less

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Wednesday trail build tomorrow. We will be finishing off the new reroute on merry go round. Walk down from the top to the Clear cut to find us. Ill be at the lower parking lot at 5 if people want to car pool up. See MoreSee Less

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You know what day it is! We are still building on Merry-go-Round and could get the re-route all done tonight with enough people to help! Meeting at parking lot (bottom of bike trails) @5pm. Walk down from the top of Merry-go-Round to find us if you would like to show up later. The heat shouldn’t be too bad up there, and cold beverages will help! See MoreSee Less

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Ran into some wildlife on Waldie Island Trail this evening See MoreSee Less

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Come do your part tomorrow! We’ll be building on Merry go round again. Meet at the bottom of Merry creek trails @5pm, we can carpool up. If you are on your own schedule just walk down merry go round from the top, you’ll find us easily. See MoreSee Less

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