About the Project

Westside Legacy Trail. Many Paths. One Trail.

Funds Raised: $4 Million of $5 Million

The Westside Legacy Trail will be a multi-recreational, human-powered, paved trail connecting the communities of Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs. It will be a well-planned and meaningful addition to an already active community, and we encourage residents, businesses and local governments to contribute in their own unique way to help build this world-class trail amenity.

People will feel inspired to support the initiative for different reasons – be it for safety, health, economic impact, a stronger community, or the lifestyle it will provide, to name a few – but whatever your motivation, our diversity can converge on a single trail.


Follow the Westside Legacy Trail

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0 Road Crossing

For the entire 25km length of the Westside Legacy Trail,
it crosses Westside Road only once. This paved trail will bring
many new safe opportunities to enjoy being outside.

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0 Trailhead Kiosks

Two Trailhead Kiosks will mark the beginning and end of
the Westside Legacy Trail. The trailheads will honour our Donors
and their Legacy, starting with the One Meter of Trail donation level.

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0 Parking Areas

There will be four parking areas for visitors to enter
the Westside Legacy Trail, located along Westside Road.

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0 Picnic Areas

Enjoy a snack as you travel along the Westside Legacy
Trail at one of the five scenic picnic areas.

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0 Creek Crossings

The Westside Legacy will feature one interpretive walkway dubbed “Nature’s Walkway”. In addition the Trail will span four small creeks with environmentally friendly, low-impact, bridges.

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0 Interpretive Areas

Pause your trek and enjoy some nature, punctuated by seven
interpretive signs along The Westside Legacy Trail.

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0 Benches

Fifteen benches, or rest areas, will dot the Westside Legacy
Trail on particularly beautiful sections. Sit back and enjoy!

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0 Flagstones

Around each Trailhead Kiosk will be up
to ten engraved steel flagstones embedded
in the concrete, each one unique to the donor.

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0KM of Land

The Westside Legacy Trail is made possible by generous
landowner donations, allowing this paved trail to be an
uninterrupted 25km long. To be built in seven sections, you will
be able to use each section as construction is completed.

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$5 Million Target

The project will cost $5 Million to complete, made up of
grants, cash, in-kind, and landowner donations. This is a
local, community driven fundraising campaign to bring us close
to nature through our trails in the Columbia Valley.

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Unlimited Memories

The Westside Legacy Trail is for everyone – we
encourage you to enjoy every metre – Make fond memories, make
it Your Trail! Bring your shoes, bikes or cross country skis
and we will see you out there!

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Over $100000 Raised

Work has already begun, this is our Current Progress:

25km of land donated
Surveying complete
Regional District of East Kootenay adoption as regional park
Construction Permits Issued
Over $4,000,000 in cash and in-kind donations secured
Construction planned for April 10th 2017

Get Involved

The success of this project depends on public support

All donations over $50 include a charitable tax receipt.  Donations over $200 include a meter of trail in your name on our Donor Walls

Thank you Suzie Durigon for your donation!
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What’s Happening

Latest events and news around the Trail
This week on the trail

Segment One  The Construction Committee was on site to do a trail inspection and as you can see, they were playing rock, paper, scissors to decide who gets to operate the backhoe. They were disappointed to hear WorkSafe BC would not allow that.  Safety first!     The work on the switchbacks south of Goldie […]

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Rick Mercer Supports the WLT

Rick Mercer congratulates the Windermere Elementary School Grade 6/7 Kids on the Run For Dreams race on October 12, 2017. Run For Dreams will take place on October 12, 2017, and students from across the Columbia Valley are invited to participate by collecting pledges, and running 1, 3 or 5 KMs on the new Westside […]

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Segment 1 is ready for gravel!

Segment 1 We have removed the trees from Segment 1 and completed most of the excavation work required prior to placing the gravel trail base. This segment has some fantastic sections that weave through the forest south of Goldie creek as shown in this photo. The trail will require retaining walls in a few locations […]

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