Markin-MacPhail Legacy Trail featured in National Geographic

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

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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.

Over 1,000 donors have contributed over $7.2 Million to date.

Total project cost is $8.5 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!


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.



Keep an eye out for Don Steedman in his new trail ambassador shirt! Don rides the Westside Legacy Trail nearly every day, and might even know the path better than those who work on it.



Erin is a Grade 12 graduate at David Thompson Secondary School and is a long time resident of the Columbia Valley. Erin is excited to share her passion for the outdoors with her community this summer ion the Markin-MacPahil Westside Legacy Trail.

Supported By

$4M Grants / $3.1 Private

What's New On The Trail

$1 Million Grant Announced

$1 Million Grant Announced The Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance is thrilled that the BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure today announced $1 Million in funding through the BikeBC program for the Markin-MacPhail Westside Legacy Trail. “We are incredibly grateful for the support of the BC Government for the Trail. This support brings their total […]

Markin-MacPhail Legacy Trail Featured in National Geographic

Yep, we had to pinch ourselves after reading that too. The Markin-MacPhail Legacy Trail has been added to National Geographic’s Crown of the Continent website as a top destination for travelers visiting our region. Crown of the Continent is a National Geographic travel guide that provides information on the best geo-tourism places to visit in […]

Come visit us this April

On April 12th we will be attending the Cranbrook outdoor show. The event will be held at the Cranbrook Curling Club. Along with our booth, there will be a variety of other vendors at the event featuring everything outdoors.

Summer is just around the corner…

We have big plans for this summer. While plans for events are still in the works, we can still certainly give you a sneak peek of what’s to come. Here are some things you can enjoy looking forward to: Our evening walking group will be returning this year. Evening walks will begin Wednesday evenings at […]

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 […]


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