The trail brings you close to mixed forests, meadows, wetlands, river shoreline and rocky escarpments, as well as all the amenities our valley has to offer. Informational signage dots the Rail Trail covering many subjects, including local history going back thousands of years to modern day; wildlife habitat, ecosystems and more. Multiple picnic tables and benches can be found along the entire route so you can stop and enjoy the magic. Every turn in the trail brings something new to discover.
Easy Access: The trail is gloriously flat, varying from only 0.1% to 0.2% of slope.
The Slocan Valley Rail Trail offers year round enjoyment. Enjoy cross country skiing in the winter, with both track set and open corduroy lanes. In summer, the trail is a very popular non-motorized way to access a wealth of sites, recreational activities and amenities.
In many ways the Slocan Valley Rail Trail (SVRT) is the epitome of what a rail trail can be – providing a connection between communities, protecting natural areas and habitat for wildlife, facilitating healthy outdoor recreational activities, conserving heritage values and encouraging recreational tourism in rural areas.
The Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society gratefully acknowledges that the work we do is on the unceded territory of the indigenous peoples on this region.Highlights: Top things to see on the trail. Map: Explore over 50 km of multi-use trails year round. The trail is divided into five sections, with seven trailheads and parking areas. Gallery: View images of the trail in winter and summer. Amenities Directory: Looking for somewhere to stay, shop or eat while visiting the Slocan Valley? Visit our amenities directory for the best our region has to offer. Getting Here: The trail is located in the West Kootenays. Nearby towns include Nelson, Castlegar, Winlaw, Slocan, New Denver and Nakusp.