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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Does anyone have a teenager who wouldn’t mind taking my 13 year old son with them on a ride up Merry Creek or similar one day? It’s been a rough year for him and I’m just trying to help him find his "people". He love love loves mountain biking but just hasn’t found that group yet. Thanks! See MoreSee Less

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City of Castlegar is having a workshop today to discuss Castlegar Waterfront. Society members are invited to participate.
Waterfront Master Plan Visioning Workshop is being held:

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Community Forum, Room 101, 445 – 13th
Avenue, Castlegar, B.C. See MoreSee Less

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The new bridge under the Kinnaird Bridge on the Ootischenia side of the Columbia River. A piece of the T.C.T. that needed to be made a safer passage. As it’s neighbor I would like to extend thanks to you and all that worked on this project. The changes are being noticed by those that have been actively utilizing this trail. See MoreSee Less

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Did anyone from this group make it to the Castlegar pathway waterfront visioning? See MoreSee Less

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Sorenson Excavating employees (Mark and Ben) are building a timber walkway to improve trail along river beneath east end of Kinnaird Bridge. See MoreSee Less

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