Box 22, Winlaw, BC V0G 2J0 1-888-683-7878 (SVRT)


The trail is just over 52 km long and can be done in sections, with parking and restrooms at each of the 7 trailheads.

Each trailhead has an information kiosk and directional signs on Highway 6 (parallels most of the the Rail Trail) so you will know which trailhead is coming up.

These are the sections between each major trailhead, starting at the south end of the trail in the South Slocan (closest trailhead to Nelson and Castlegar) and heading north towards Slocan City (closest trailhead to New Denver and Nakusp).

South Slocan to Crescent Valley

Distance: 5 km
Features: Popular Beach, Pub, Steeper Grade
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Crescent Valley to Passmore

Distance: 16.5 km
Features:  Hidden Beaches, Swift Water, Narrow Winding Valley, Beautiful Farms, Business and Residential Areas, Rugged Rocky Shorelines
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Passmore to Winlaw

Distance: 10.1 km
Features: Winding, Spectacular Forested Scenery, Close River Access, Confluence of the Slocan and Little Slocan Rivers, Marshland and Wildlife Habitat
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Winlaw to Lemon Creek

Distance: 12.0 km
Features: Multiple Cafes, Shopping, Scenic Farm Land, Private Small Beaches, Historic Markers
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Lemon Creek to Slocan

Distance: 8.1 km
Features: Wildlife Sanctuary, First Nation Habitat Site, Close River Access, Slocan Beach
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Side Trips

There are three backroad side trips available from the Rail Trail. One is in Krestova, and it is called the Krestova loop. For more information, contact the Frog Peak Cafe. Another loop will take you north from Winlaw along the rail trail, and then back along Perry’s Back Road, heading south to Winlaw again. You can also ride the Rail Trail south from Winlaw, crossing the bridge in Passmore, and head up along the back road, north, and ending in Winlaw as well. The backroad between Passmore and Perry’s Siding is paved, so makes for easy riding – but watch out for traffic!


Between Crescent Valley and Slocan Lake there are seven bridges crossing the Slocan River. The bridges are a great connection from the SVRT if you want to expand your ride. Each offers a chance to explore more of the riches of the Slocan Valley.

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