Westside Legacy Trail NEW!
The Westside Legacy Trail will be a multi-use, non-motorized, paved trail connecting the communities of Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs. It will be located on the west side of Lake Windermere paralleling Westside Road, constructed primarily on private land, and within Ministry of Transportation right-of-ways. The total length of the trail will be approximately 25 kilometers long, five meters wide with a three meter paved width and a painted centerline. The planned cost is estimated at $4,000,000.
The Westside Trail will be a dynamic landmark that will have many positive effects on the area including community health, environmental awareness, economic development, and safety for the increasing numbers of non-motorized travellers along Westside Road.
The project goal is to complete the trail with community engagement, encouraging residents, businesses and local governments to participate in unique ways they find meaningful. There will be a strong interpretive signage component to provide environmental and cultural awareness along the trail corridor. Although the immediate project is the first 25 kilometers linking Invermere and Fairmont, the vision is to expand the trail north to Radium for a total length of 51 paved kilometers anchored by two world- class mineral hot springs, Radium and Fairmont.
The Upper Columbia Trail Network
The CVGTA’s overall goal is to link the communities of the Village of Canal Flats, BC to Donald, BC (west of Golden, BC) by a trail network (The Upper Columbia Trail Network) for non-motorized forms of transport. The trail system begins with a ‘spine trail’ which will form a primary route which will extend along the length of the Columbia River Valley. The spine trail will serve to connect current trails with new routes where required to provide a safe transportation corridor for Columbia Valley Residents and visitors. The trail network will also provide greenways corridors that will link existing nodes of ecological significance as well as connecting and highlighting regions of cultural and historical importance.
Map of The Upper Columbia Trail Network – Proposed
In working towards the completion of the Upper Columbia Trail Network, the CVGTA currently has several projects and project phases completed and underway throughout the Columbia Valley.
Current Trail Initiatives
Each trail section typically consists of multiple phases. Collectively, these individual projects will move the CVGTA closer to achieving it’s large scale vision of linking the entire Upper Columbia River Valley from the Village of Canal Flats, to Donald, BC (west of Golden, BC).
- Old Coach Road (Radium to Dry Gulch Link)
Phase II & III (Dry Gulch to Invermere/ Crossroads Link)
- Dry Gulch to Kinbasket South boundary
- Kinbasket lands boundary to Invermere/ Crossroads
2) Fairmont to Crossroads Link
- Section A – Top of Athalmer Road hill to Athalmer Rd & Hwy 93/95 Junction (1 km).
- Section B – South of Athalmer Rd. along Lakeview Dr., south of the cemetery parking lot, the trail continues eastward towards the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce office (1.5 km)
- Section C – South of the cemetery parking lot turn off (for Section B) along Lakeview Dr., eastward along Timberview Drive, north through the Copper Point Golf Course, ending at the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce office.
4) Existing Trail Restoration
- Templeton Creek
Completed Trail Initiatives
The CVGTA has been instrumental in the completion of many trails throughout the Upper Columbia River Valley. These achievements would not have been possible without the help of landowners, partners, and community members who have provided continued support to various Greenways projects presently underway.
Upon the completion of the Upper Columbia Trail network, the below trails will be connected to the main ‘spine trail’, which will link the entire Upper Columbia River Valley from the Village of Canal Flats, to Donald, BC.
Columbia Lake Area