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.


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.


CPTS Facebook Group

Last Spring the Castlegar Parks and Trails Society with the help of students from Selkirk College Rebuilt the pathway from Kinnaird Bridge up to the Kootenay Art Gallery and Selkirk College. This Week the City of Castlegar Started a project to bring a pathway down to the Bridge on the Selkirk College.

This Pathway will connect to existing Trails on the East side of the River to create a connected Trail System through the Valley. Additionally this Trail system will provide college students and other commuters safe access on off of the bridge. This has been a vision of our Trail Society for many years. Thank you to everyone involved in making this project a success. See MoreSee Less

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So good to be out with you all today! See MoreSee Less

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Rover Creek bridge is open.Part of Wards Ferry Trail. See MoreSee Less

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Anyone know why the Mel Deanna rest stop area is closed off? See MoreSee Less

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Don’t forget the mega build tomorrow up on the entrance to crazy merry. 10 til 2. Walk down hail merry 100 ft and you will find us See MoreSee Less

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