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The Old Coach Trail is a successful Greenways project, making up a trail segment which will eventually form part of the Upper Columbia Spine Trail Network. The next two phases of this project will involve extending the trail another 10 kms, to connect Invermere to Radium.
The Old Coach Trail is a 9 km walking or bicycling route that runs between Radium Hot Springs and Dry Gulch. This historic route used to be traveled by Model Ts in the 1920s.
The Old Coach Trail was restored in Spring of 2007, thanks to the efforts of local residents, contractors and agencies. This work included removing old cars and metal debris from dump sites along the route, trail bed rehabilitation and improving public access
For thousands of years, this valley has provided living space and a movement corridor for many species of animals – including humans. Perfect for the whole family to bike or hike, it winds along the bench lands above the Columbia River, allowing for outstanding views of the Columbia Wetlands National Wildlife Area, which is part of one of the longest contiguous wetland systems in North America. Natural hoodoos are visible from the trail, and it passes through grasslands which are habitat to ungulates such as Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep.
The Old Coach Trail companion brochure is available online or can be picked up at the Radium Hot Springs Information Center.
For more information on completed CRGA projects, and for updates on the progress we are making on completing the Upper Columbia Trail Network, visit our Trails page.
In November 2012, the Columbia River Greenways Alliance (CRGA/ Greenways) was thrilled to formally announce the completion of the last section of the trail now connecting Castle Rock, through Invermere and up to the Tim Hortons at the crossroads. Now walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists are getting closer to realizing the goal of connecting Radium and Invermere via a safe paved pathway for non-motorized users.
Greenways Team - Celebrating the completion of local Greenways trails are (left to right) Greenways director Gerry Wilkie, regional district area F director Wendy Booth, Greenways directors Taoya Schaefer, Mark Halwa, Sue Crowley, and Doug Clovechok, and Invermere-Panorama marketing representative Ken Wilder. Photo by Kristian Rasmussen
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This completed trail section links Invermere’s downtown core to the commercial areas bordering the city’s limits, and will form a completed phase of the new Copper Point Trail. The trail will run from the Columbia Valley Chamber of Commerce building, up to Copper Point Resort, back around to the cemetery, and feed out on to the portion that was recently completed. When finished, the Copper Point Trail will be a paved, 2m-wide trail consisting of three sections, totaling 6 km in distance.
Map of Copper Point Trail (February 2013) – Proposed
The CRGA’s objective is to initiate the construction of a paved spine trail that will connect Radium and Invermere, and extend down to Fairmont Hot Springs along Westside Road. From the paved spine, many other types of trails can be developed which will cater to additional user groups and activities.
The CRGA Board plans to connect the latest trail extension now at the crossroads to its existing Old Coach trail, which extends all the way into Radium. The CRGA is currently working with several land owners to ensure the trail will link to the existing Old Coach trail which begins in Dry Gulch and ends in Radium. The CRGA board is hopeful that this work will be completed in 2013.
‘Connecting Communities’ through non-motorized trails
Trails in neighbouring communities have seen great success in the construction of similar trail networks:
The North Star Rail Trail was constructed by converting an abandoned CP railway track to a 40 KM stretch of greenway. This joint project between the City of Cranbrook and the City of Kimberly created a commuter and non-motorized vehicle recreational trail between the two communities.
The Legacy Trail is a 25 km stretch of paved trail connects the City of Canmore and the City of Banff. This trail follows the Trans-Canada Hwy from the Town of Banff, connecting both communities. When travelling this highway, one can see just how busy/ well used this trail can be during both the summer and winter months!
These non-motorized community trails have a diversity of traffic. Walkers, runners, wheelchairs, cyclists, and various other user groups, can all travel safely between communities, without being on the highway. In addition, visitors and community members alike enjoy the surrounding landscape through interpretive displays and viewpoints.
The CRGA’s Supporters
The CRGA would like to thank the many partners who have contributed their resources to complete the current phase which was approximately $38,000 + tax. The RDEK managed the project and contributed $15,000, the Ministry of Transport contributed $6,000 and worked with Shuswap Band to make the land available and the CRGA contributed the remaining $17,000. The Columbia Basin Trust has recently provided a $25,000 grant for another phase – the Copper Point trail. Many thanks to the District of Invermere (who have been maintaining the trail on an interim basis), for their in-kind contribution to this project.
The CRGA would also like to thank the various landowners, partners, and community members who have provided continued support to the various CRGA projects presently underway. These individuals and groups have made generous donations in the form of their time, negotiation efforts, and financial & material resources.
Just a reminder that the next Columbia River Greenways Alliance (CRGA/ Greenways) information sharing and open meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 8th @ 7:00 PM at Casa Vino in Radium (http://www.casavino.ca/).
New Greenways members are invited to join and participate in meetings, as individuals or representatives of community and area groups. We look forward to seeing you there!
On February 9th, the CRGA held a second ‘Meet and Greet’ at the Copper Point Resort in Invermere. We had a great turnout and a productive information session with those who attended. After a short introduction on the CRGA, its mandate and current/ proposed projects, the group was invited to an open discussion/ round table.
Some of the topics discussed were:
- Issues around territory and the total length and geographic ‘start’ and ‘end’ points of the spine trail
- Anticipated obstacles/ conflict from the community related to the development of this project
- Features of the trail – exercise stations, viewpoints, wildlife watch towers, tourism branding with historical associations, and interpretive stations
- Next steps: Planning, Construction, Fundraising & Community support
The next Columbia River Greenways Alliance (CRGA/ Greenways) meeting is scheduled for March 8th at 7:00 PM at Casa Vino in Radium. CRGA meetings are held every second Thursday of each month. New Greenways members are invited to join and participate in meetings, as individuals or representatives of community and area groups.
Unable to attend? We would love to hear your comments/ feedback:
1. What experiences have you had on similar types of spine trails? What are some of the positive things you’ve seen on these trails?
2. What are some of the obstacles you anticipate from the community with regards to this proposed project?
3. Is there anything you would like to see on the trails (i.e. viewpoints, exercise stations, or other key features)? Are there any experiences you’ve had on similar trails that you would like to see?
4. Any other comments/ suggestions/ thoughts you might have on this project?
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For more information on how you can make a donation to the Columbia River Greenways Alliance, please visit http://www.greenways.ca/our-partners/make-a-donation/
We will be having another similar information sharing and open meeting on Thursday, February 9that the new Copper Point Resort (www.CopperPoint.ca) , located on the east side of the highway at 7 pm.
Again, we look forward to sharing project updates, snacks, and good conversation with all who attend!
Thank you again for attending the Columbia River Greenways Alliance (CRGA/Greenways) informal meet and greet information session held at McToogles Restaurant on January 12th. We were pleased with the level of interest and support…and we continue to gain momentum as we move forward with many of the suggestions put forward that evening!
Great news – the Athalmere Trail has been cleared! Improvements on the
trail leading from Athalmere up to the Cemetary Road junction involved removing
overgrown weeds and gravel that had accumulated over the past winter/
spring. A special thanks to the District of Invermere, who led the
multi-party effort to rejuvenate this popular pathway!
The Columbia River Greenways Alliance (CRGA) 2011 Annual General Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 at 7:00-8:00 pm. This event will take place at the Lions Hall at the Invermere Crossroads (just south of the light!) We welcome all members, partners, guests and friends to join us for an update on our achievements in 2010, and direction for 2011-12. Refreshments and the opportunity for great discussion provided!
We hope you can join us; everyone is welcome.
Members and prospective members! 2011-12 CRGA Membership renewals are now due. We are working to get our on-line membership form up and running soon (under the tab: Our Supporters, Join Us!) for ease of submission, and secure PayPal or Credit Card payment will be available. Keep watching! Or, you can download and print the membership form and mail to Columbia River Greenways Alliance, PO Box 2874, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0.
Your Individual ($10.00), Non Profit Society ($25.00) or Corporate/Government Agency ($50.00) contribution will help support CRGA activities during 2011 and 2012, providing social, economic and environmental benefits to the communities we serve. Additional donations are welcomed, and a tax deductable receipt can be issued for amounts in excess of $50.00.
Stay tuned to our website and blog for more information on membership benefits, including local area discounts, regular communication on activities and special events, and more!
Now that the snow has melted off many valley trails, remember to check out the newly opened Old Coach Trail, which runs 9 km. between Dry Gulch and the Village of Radium Hot Springs. Perfect for the whole family to bike or hike, it winds along the bench lands above the Columbia River, allowing for spectacular views and a number of interpretive stops of interest along the way. The companion brochure is available at the Radium Hot Springs Information Center.
The connector trail between Athalmer and the crossroads has been cleaned of the winter gravel, and plans are to have the last bit to the crossroads constructed to gravel standard by May long weekend.