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Waldie Island

Waldie Island

Waldie Island

Difficulty Level: Easy
Distance: 1.5km
Elevation Gain: 0m
Dog Friendly: On leash only
Bike Friendly: Bikes not allowed on this trail
Facilities: Bird viewing platform
Season: Year-round

The Waldie Island Trail was developed in 1996 by Walter Volovsek and Castlegar Friends of Parks and Trails to reclaim the historical heritage of this important stretch of the Columbia River and to introduce to the hiker the intricacies of the surrounding riparian ecosystem. This trail goes through a protected Blue Heron bird sanctuary known as the Waldie Island Heron reserve. No bikes are allowed on this trail and dog-owners are requested to prevent dogs from disturbing birds by keeping them on leash or close by. This is particularly important for Blue Heron population recovery in this area.

The trail follows the north shore of the river from the C.P.R. Bridge to Brilliant, a distance of 1.5 km. It is designed as a self-guided trail, richly rewarding for the contemplative hiker.

The “cottonwood jungle” is traversed by two trails at different elevations. If the lower trail is flooded, the back loop trail would be useable unless the water levels are extreme.

The Waldie Island Trail runs through a wildlife reserve and because of ecological sensitivity, is meant for pedestrian traffic only. Dogs running loose can frighten and harass the wildlife we are trying to protect.

With the operation of the Keenlyside and Brilliant Dams, water levels can change rapidly (over an hour or two). Please exercise appropriate caution and USE AT YOUR OWN RISK.

Waldie Island Access

West Access

  • Drive north across the bridge connecting Castlegar and Robson
  • Turn right onto Old Mill Road, a gravel road 500m after the bridge
  • Pass under the railroad bridge to the parking lot

East Access

  • Drive north across the bridge connecting Castlegar and Robson
  • Take your 2nd right onto Makayev Road into the community of Brilliant
  • Quick right on Brilliant Road and park at the dead end

Access from Pass Creek Regional Park

  • Take short trail from southeast end of soccer field up to Broadwater Road
  • Cross Broadwater Rd and proceed down Waldie Lane
  • Follow signs to Waldie Island Trail; cross under bridge and trail is marked.