Distance given is one way - from Eholt to Christina Lake. Time given is doing this trip by bike, also only one way.
It is recommended to get a shuttle service to drop you off at one side of the trail, and have your own bike on the other end. Wild Ways at Christina Lake provides this service. Their phone # is 1-888-WILDWAY.
Traveling along the Trans Canada Trail (the abandoned Columbia & Western Railway) from Greenwood to Grand Forks and Christina Lake, you will enjoy some of the most beautiful vista of the entire trail. You will pass through historic tunnels, over trestles, ride beside inviting waters of the Granby and Kettle Rivers.
City Park, Grand Forks Follow the Trans Canada Trail (TCT) signs East or West. The section of the trail from city park east to Nursery Bridge and west to hwy 3 is accessible, but is currently being improved.
Eholt Drive west 29.6 km from City Park to a highway pullout on the right. Drive down to a designated parking area.
Wilgress Lake Rest Area From the rest area 27 km west of Grand Forks, follow the signed trail connecting to the Trans Canada Trail.
Christina Lake From Highway 3, turn east on Santa Rosa Rd. and drive 1.5 km to where the TCT crosses the road. Alternatively the trail is accessed from Hwy 395 (to US customs) where it bisects the TCT.
Eholt to Grand Forks 23 km one way This can be completed from either direction, or as a return trip. Starting form Eholt you will require a drop off or shuttle. From Eholt the trip to Grand Forks is an easy two hour downhill bike ride. If you cycle north from Grand Forks, you will add another hour. Traveling south you will encounter breathtaking views of the North Fork Valley and Granby River. After passing through two historic tunnels you will come to the red section man shed at Fisherman Station and may even encounter a herd of bighorn sheep that frequents the area. Watch for eagles, deer, marmots, and hawks. You may even be lucky enough to spot a black bear or cougar. As you approach Grand Forks, past Ward Lake, cross the paved North Fork Rd. and follow the grade to The Station. Converted to a pub and restaurant, The Station is the oldest CPR station in the province which remains in its original location and the only remaining example of that particular style of architecture in Canada. Cross Hwy #3 and follows the TCT signs into town.
Grand Forks to Christina Lake 23 km one way Starting from the city park, this is a gentle 2 hour ride through farming and ranching country. Be sure to take along your swim suit for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear waters of Christina Lake. The TCT follows the Kettle River to a spectacular falls at Cascade Gorge. After crossing Hwy. 395 which leads to the Canada - U.S. bored crossing you will come to the trestle crossing the Kettle River and begin a gradual ascent above Christina Lake. The trail crosses a major gravel road (Santa Rose Rd.), which takes you down to the community of Christina Lake.
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Posted By: pmjwright
- Sat Mar 04 00:38:32 UTC 2006
UpsideGreat views of Granby River valley, interesting railway history. Best done on MTB, and best done downhill. DownsideSoft roadbed coming into Grand Forks. Close to Hwy (therefore noisy) from GF to Cascade Gorge. CommentI biked the Eholt-GF section on a scorching (+37) summer afternoon, and found the trail well shaded and cool. I met a group coming up, were they suffering!! Uphill, soft sand, no shade and wickedly hot! I did the other sections a couple days later. From GF to Cascade is hot dusty and soft, not very scenic, I'd rather ride the pavement or give it a miss! Cascade to Santa Rosa was pleasant, the big Kettle R Bridge hadn't been decked yet (was done later in 2004 or early 05) so I dismounted across it. I've also done the Paulson to Santa Rosa section twice, and would highly recommend that section--spectacular views above Christina Lake.