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.


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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just did some volunteer hour tallying. We started volunteer building this year April 17th and we are still heading up on wed. with lights until there is snow on the ground. We logged 1,412 person hours this year and that is not counting trail scouting,flagging, and countless grant writing/paperwork hours. This has been the most productive year to date. Castlegar is getting some great new trails and it’s because of the hard work we have all put in. Excited to see what happens next year See MoreSee Less

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This months wicked November shout out is to all the men for Movember in our community – Get all your buddies together and come try something you’ve never done before, test your limits or just get sweaty!!! Call the studio to sign up Oranj Express Castlegar for some Complimentary Classes! Spread the word and share!
#castlegar #nelson #trail #complimentary #mensnight #yoga #bootcamp #sweetdeals #bromance #movember
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The Columbia River Trail across from Genelle is closed for drainage work until further notice. See MoreSee Less

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