Spirit of 2010 rails to trails
Spirit of 2010 Trail
Maps of the Trail Network
The Kettle Valley Trail
The Slocan Rail Trail
Great Northern Rail Trail
The Cowichan Valley Rail Trail
Welcome to Spirit of 2010 Trail

 The Spirit of 2010 is the spirit of discovery, enterprise and opportunity that exists within British Columbia and its people. It can be found in British Columbia's cultural history, diverse people and spectacular geographic beauty. You can enjoy the Spirit of 2010 wherever you travel within British Columbia - whether it be skiing down the slopes of spectacular mountains, sailing the blue waters of the Pacific, riding horseback over our rolling hills, enjoying one of our many world-class resorts or taking in first-rate dining, shopping, arts and culture.

This same spirit is now embodied through a unique recreational experience developed through a collaboration of the Province of British Columbia, the Government of Canada, Tourism British Columbia and a number of regional partners. Four significant rail trails have been converted across the province to form the Spirit of 2010 Trail, a unique opportunity for British Columbia residents and visitors to experience an extensive corridor of recreational trails for hiking, walking, cycling, horseback riding and cross country skiing.

The four trails that make up the Spirit of 2010 Trail are The Kettle Valley Rail Trail, The Slocan Rail Trail, The Cowichan Rail Trail and the Salmo-Troupe Rail Trail.

What is a rail trail?

Trail advocates have been converting abandoned rail trails in North America into recreational use trails since the early 1970s. The Spirit of 2010 Trail is the result of an initiative to convert abandoned railway corridors into multiple use recreational trails, producing a world-class trail system intertwining unique regional destinations and natural resources. The trails touch on more than 30 communities across British Columbia and currently cover more than 750 kilometres. Each trail offers its own unique attractions and points of interest.

The Spirit of 2010 Trail allows for recreational travel in the scenic and natural settings of each region while also giving access to national and provincial parks, wineries, cultural attractions, resorts, farmland and marine life. The primary activities throughout the trail system are cycling, walking, hiking, horseback riding and cross country skiing.

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