2018 #OurTrail Update

A lot has happened during 2018 on the Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail. Our newsletter is full of great insights and updates. Go ahead and give it a read!
From construction to fundraising, get the inside scoop.

Plus, get details about the new name, and the Fundraising Barn Dance that raised over $25,000!

Looking for a Gift Idea?

Donation Matching is Back! Consider giving a gift that will last for years to come – supporting the completion of the Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail.
Double the impact of your gift during the month of December!

Thanks to the generosity of members of our fundraising committee, the first $70,000 received in December will be matched!

Many Paths, One Trail

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!

About the Project

Total Raised:
$5,761,000

FUNDS RAISED: OVER $5,761,000 IN CASH AND IN-KIND DONATIONS SECURED TOWARDS $8 MILLION GOAL

The Westside Legacy Trail is a multi-recreational, human-powered, paved trail that will 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.

The Trail has raised over $5.76 Million to date from over 900 donors, surpassing the first phase target of $5 Million.

Total project cost is $8 Million, and volunteers are hard at work to secure grants and donations to complete the final phase and reach the finish line. For more information or to make a donation, please click here.

Your Trail Ambassadors

Looking for a trail tour via run, walk, or bike this summer? Our Trail Ambassadors would love to show you the trail and all it has to offer!
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TRAIL AMBASSADOR KATIE WATT

Katie is a Grade 12 graduate at David Thompson Secondary School and was born and raised in the Columbia Valley. Katie is excited to be a part of the Westside Legacy Trail team to help grow the roots of our community.

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What's New On The Trail

Mountainfilm On Tour – Invermere

Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from last year, Mountainfilm On Tour Invermere is returning for a second year on February 8th & 9th, 2019. It will be held over two nights in the brand new movie theatre inside the Columbia Valley Centre. (Note – the program will be the same both evenings). Please help […]

RDEK Support

A huge thank you to RDEK, who approved an allocation of $375,000 to Our Trail from the Gas Tax Community Works Fund. Thanks to continued support, we are now at $5.8 Million raised. We are working hard to reach the $8 Million in time for the 2019 Construction season, with a goal to complete the […]

2018 Fat Bike Day

Did you know the Trail can be just as great in the winter as it is in the summer? On Dec. 28th at 12:30 pm, the Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail Fund Raising Committee will be hosting a Fatbike Day. Owners of fatbikes are encouraged to bring their own bike; if you don’t own one, a […]

Help Finish the Trail – Announcing a Matching Program

The Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail IS our trail. It was conceived by volunteers and land owners who saw the value of this trail to everyone – to each other, to visitors – to share the natural beauty of the Valley and connect communities. The first 4 segments of Our Trail are complete – 10km of […]

It’s been a busy summer!

I want to start out by recognizing the hard working construction team. They had to contend with unforeseen technical issues, heat, heavy smoke and snow in mid September. The first 4 segments are complete with 10km of paved trail and repairs were completed at Little Antler. Segment 5 is prepped for paving and rideable – […]

Phase 1 of Fundraising Celebrated!

Thanks to over 900 donors, the first $5 Million funding goal was achieved in July, 2018. To celebrate this tremendous achievement and say ‘thank you’ a barn dance featuring Invermere’s Small Town Dirtbags was held. The cost-recovery event focused on celebrating this milestone with dancing, food and drink. An online auction raised $25,000 with bidders […]

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