Isador Canyon Trail is a hiking and biking adventure trail located in the community of Cranbrook, B.C. in the East Kootenays of British Columbia. The trail follows a once historic railway route operated by the Canadian Pacific Railway. In 1971 the rails were removed and the route became a recreation connector trail between the community of Cranbrook and Wardner. The trail explores through meadows and grasslands and over rolling hills while exploring along rock bluffs and under forest cover.
The Isador Canyon Trail is considered an easy going, level recreation path enjoyed by all ages. The trail is popular for hiking, dog walking and mountain biking. Much of the trail enjoys views of the Rocky Mountain Range.
The southern section of the gravel recreation path follows Highway #3/95 and explores through the Cranbrook Community Park. The northern section of the path navigates through private land and includes some elevation hiking to a viewpoint and picnic area in a meadow. A large section of the Isador Trail is also part of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT).
Along the route are a few picnic tables but no pit toilets. At the south tralhead parking lot are some interpretive signs about the history of the railway and the trail.
It is likely, when exploring the trail, you will see discarded hundred year old railway ties and some historic rock ovens (baking ovens used by pioneers during construction of railway). Sure signs of the past.
Isador Canyon Trail, Cranbrook
How To Get ToIsador Canyon Trail, Cranbrook
How to Get Here: Drive north on Highway 3. Take the very last right turn (30th Ave. N) before reaching the on ramp towards Kimberley. Immediately after turning off the highway/Cranbrook Street, take a left onto the frontage road (Stahl Road). Follow this, staying left, until you reach the parking area for the Isadore Canyon Trail.
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