Ward’s Ferry Trail

Ward’s Ferry Trail traces the Kootenay River and connects Blewett to Glade. A good chunk of it is scenic riverside hiking. A good chunk of it is also a long slog in the woods.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Rover Creek FSR (Blewett) or Glade Road (Glade)

Map: Castlegar Parks and Trails Society

Distance, One Way: 8km

Elevation: +240m

Difficulty: A1

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Syringa & Yellow Pine Trails

The trails above Syringa Provincial Park meander through an open forest of towering ponderosa pine. This is easy, pleasant walking with excellent views of Lower Arrow Lake.

SUMMARY

Trailhead:Deer Park Road, Syringa Provincial Park

Map: Syringa Provincial Park

Distance: 6.6km

Elevation: 200m

Difficulty: A1

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Rail Trail to Five Mile Point (Troup Beach)

All aboard the Great Northern Rail Trail! It’s not the most exciting hike, but the rail-grade is easy, gentle walking. The destination of this hike is white sandy Troup Beach at Five Mile Point – a great picnic spot with shallow water, sandbars, and solitude.

SUMMARY

Trailhead: Svoboda Road

Distance, Round Trip: 12.5km

Elevation: +164m

Difficulty: A1

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Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Songbirds, snakes, ducks, dragonflies! The Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area offers easy walking on a network of trails around the Corn Creek Wetlands. With boardwalks, bridges, bird towers, and the Wildlife Center, there is plenty to do! Bring your binoculars – the bird watching is excellent!

SUMMARY

Trailhead: West Creston Road

Map: Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area

Distance: 1km -10km

Elevation: 0m

Difficulty: A1

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Kaslo River

Kaslo River is a fairy tale of a trail, winding along the burbling river and mossy banks. The main loop arcs over the river on two covered bridges, both painted an enchanting shade of red.

SUMMARY

Map: Kaslo & Area Trail Map

Trailhead: multiple, we parked at the end of 5th Street

Distance, main loop: 3.2 km

Elevation: +66m

Difficulty: A1

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Pulpit Rock & the Flagpole

Pulpit Rock is the most popular Nelson hike. Locals treat the trail like an outdoor gym and sometimes it feels like half the town is out hiking! The Pulpit trail offers a solid workout over switchbacks, ending in a scenic overlook of town. Hiking further to Flagpole rewards you with an even bigger panorama of the river valley – it’s worth the extra effort when you have the time!

Summary
Trailhead: Johnstone Road, Nelson
Distance, round trip: 3.6km to Pulpit Rock, 5.8km to Flagpole
Elevation: +338m to Pulpit Rock, +655m to Flagpole
Difficulty:  Easy to Pulpit Rock,  Moderate to Flagpole
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