Hiking and Biking is becoming a major
recreation activity in British Columbia. Since 1990 the little village of Midway in BC's Southern
Interior has been lucky to be able to enjoy a hidden
network of trails for its' residents and visitors to enjoy.
Thanks to the Government's recent CDT Grants given to
organizations to help employ laid off forest workers in the province
these trails have had a
major upgrade in 2009.
The "Riverwalk" Trail is especially suited to the casual hiker as
it is mostly level and meanders through the trees next to the Kettle
River. Leave about one hour to do this trail and consider returning
to the Village via the Trans Canada trail stopping at the Midway
River Museum) on your return trip.
loop's (returning by the Trans Canada Trail) total distance is
approximately 4.825 kms of easy trail. For those who want to stay in
shape during the winter season it is also a great location for cross
country skiing or snowshoeing.
A little more challenging but not too
difficult is to take the (3.8 km return)
Village View Walk.
Start at the east end trails entrance off of Fritz road. Follow the red
trail until the red/green junction go left onto the green trail and
follow it to the green/villageview junction, go left and continue until
you reach the viewpoint and flag. Enjoy the view.
A leisurely pace will get you there and
back in about one hour and forty five minutes. There are three benches
along this trail for those who want to stop for a break or just to enjoy
some fantastic spots for views when the trail breaks out of the forest.
Views of both the Canadian and American sides of the border as the
Village of Midway is right on the Canadian/US Border.
The trails are suitable for all levels
of hikers and mountain bikers. You could spend an hour or a couple
of days to explore them all. There are a total of 12 km's of trail
on the mountain and 2.1 km's along the Kettle River. The average
grade of the mountain trails is approximately 12 % with a maximum
grade of 25%.
Local Midway Residents who have never or who haven't recently used the
trail system should give the trails a try. Your health and your
appreciation for what your community offers will benefit from it.
Visitors or those passing through. Set some time aside to explore
the trails. You will be glad you did.