Good to Know Before You Go
Here are some things that are good to know before you head out on our trails. Above all else, give yourself ample time to enjoy nature in Boundary Country.
- Expect a variety of surfaces when hiking trails. This includes the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, the Columbia Western Rail Trail and The Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Expect loose gravel, pavement and unconsolidated railway ballast.
- Some sections are not suitable for road bikes. We recommend a 2.4 tire.
- Detailed information on the Boundary Country portion of the KVR and The Great Trail is at Trails BC
- Explore on your own or get advice from the locals. Contact Wildways, Chain Reaction, Greenwood Museum, Kettle River Museum, KVR Outfitters, and/or Monashee Adventure
- Several area businesses offer trail maps, rental bikes and shuttle service. Our local Visitor Centres can direct you to the right people!
- Several of the properties and beaches along the rail trails are private property. Please be considerate and prevent invasive weeds from spreading from the trail. Many private beaches are along the KVR Trail. Please respect trespassing signs or check with owners before using
- Bike helmets are mandatory in British Columbia
- Be sure to check with the local Visitor Centres to find out about parking near the trails
- Many of the most beautiful trails run through sensitive eco-systems — please stay on marked trails to avoid damaging the environment and pack out what you pack in
- Most trails are multi-use and mixed use. Trail etiquette is ATVs/ORVs yield to all, horses yield to hikers, cyclists yield to horses and hikers
- ATVs and ORV need to follow guidelines for exploring in our area
Explore on Your ATV
Explore on Your ATV
ATVing is a fun way to explore the Boundary area. There are several multi-use trails that can be enjoyed by all users. These trails will take you through a variety of ecosystems and wildlife habitat. Your day may start out adventuring through grassland hills in the south and end in the Alpine meadows in the north. Watch out for wildlife and remember to stay on the trail so as not to damage the area. Be prepared for changing trail conditions.
Share the Trails
As you explore, you’ll probably meet up with hikers, bikers, and horseback riders. Please be courteous and share the trail. You may encounter other vehicles and logging trucks, especially the on Forest Service Roads. There are several types of trail surfaces here from dirt to an old railway bed, as well as deactivated roads, off-road trails and active forest service roads.
Boundary Regional Motorized Trail Network.
These motorized-friendly trails were developed by the Grand Forks ATV Club in partnership with the Ministry of Forests, Lands, and Natural Resource Operations. The trail network has over 1,400 km of mapped trails from Greenwood east to Castlegar and Grand Forks north to Edgewood.
Always check with a local Visitor Centre as trail availability may change frequently throughout the seasons. Get up to date maps and trail conditions before you head out. There are several maps available on the Grand Forks ATV Club website. Other ATV trail information can be found at ATV Riders Resource, Quad Rider Association of BC, and Wikiloc.
BEFORE YOU GO
- ATVing can be dangerous. Take an approved ATV safety course. Ride at your own risk. Use caution and ride safely and responsibly at all times.
- The majority of ATV accidents happen while loading and unloading. Use extra caution at this time.
- Trail conditions are subject to change at all times. Be prepared and check with the local Visitor Centre before going out, as some trails may be closed, while others may have new hazards
- Most of the trails in the area are mapped and many are marked with points of interest signage.
- Many of the trails in this area are Forest Service Roads which are used regularly by other vehicles.
- New regulations for ORV (off Road Vehicles) are in effect. All ORV have to be registered and be insured. Third Party Liability Insurance, a valid driver’s License, and a DOT approved helmet are required to operate a motorized vehicle on these trails.
- Wear protective clothing and footwear.
- Prepare for changing weather. Use multiple navigation tools like GPS and maps. Pack for emergencies.
- Never ride alone, always use the buddy system
- Respect the land. Pack out what you pack in. Stay off trails that are soft. Never harras the wildlife or livestock
- Respect private property. Do not stray off designated trails
- Do NOT ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Always carry a first aid kit and a repair kit
- Use extreme caution when crossing water
- Discounts on insurance can be acquired by becoming involved in a local ATV club, and registering with the Quad Riders ATV Association of British Columbia.