The Deer Point Trail is an incredibly scenic hike that traces the high bluffs above Christina Lake. The trail is smoothly graded and winds through ponderosa forest, opening up to big views of the lakeshore below.
Trailhead: East Shore Road, Texas Creek Provincial Park
Map: Gladstone Provincial Park
Distance, Round Trip: 13.8km
The Montrose Antenna Trail is a short shoulder-season hike with scenic views of the Columbia River Valley. The trail network includes options to make a smaller loop on the Antenna Trail or to climb higher on the Flagpole Trail extension.
Trailhead: 5th St, Village of Montrose
Distance, Round Trip: 3.2km (Antenna Loop) or 5.1km (Flagpole Trail & traverse)
Elevation: +217m (Antenna Loop) or +307m (Flagpole Trail)
The Wilson Creek Falls plunge 63m down into a rocky canyon, ripping with noise and spray. It’s a quick and impressive destination!
Trailhead: East Wilson Creek FSR
Distance, Round Trip: 2.4km
Short, sweet, spectacular – that’s the trail up to Tulip Creek Falls. It’s less of a hike and more of a diversion, but it’s well worth the trip!
Trailhead: 3.5km up Deer Park Road
Distance, Round Trip: 0.5km
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.
Trailhead: Rover Creek FSR (Blewett) or Glade Road (Glade)
Map: Castlegar Parks and Trails Society
Distance, One Way: 8km
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.
Trailhead:Deer Park Road, Syringa Provincial Park
Map: Syringa Provincial Park
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.
Trailhead: Svoboda Road
Distance, Round Trip: 12.5km
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!
Trailhead: West Creston Road
Map: Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area
Distance: 1km -10km
The old growth trail up Kokanee Creek is a short and spectacular hike. The cedars are ancient and massive, reaching up towards the sky and back across the centuries.
Trailhead: Kokanee Glacier Road
Distance, Round Trip: 2.4km
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.
Map: Kaslo & Area Trail Map
Trailhead: multiple, we parked at the end of 5th Street
Distance, main loop: 3.2 km
Elevation: +66m (lower trailhead to upper bridge)