Englewood Rail Trail

New logoWestern Forest Products permanently closed down operations on the Englewood Logging Railway between Woss and Beaver Cove in November, 2017.  However, several bridges/trestles and sections of the rail grade are still and will continue to be used by logging truck and other vehicular traffic.

VISTA has initiated discussions with WFP to use much the rail grade (about 50 km) for the Vancouver Island Trail.  There appears to be interest from WFP, as well as from some Woss residents and workers, with support for the idea also expressed by Mount Waddington Regional District.  In comparison with a route along the Bonanza Range, this lower elevation ‘rail trail’ would have a much wider range of trail users and a longer usable season.  WFP’s plans for removing tracks and other infrastructure as well as other remedial work are in progress (as of October, 2018).  WFP sought public input to elicit various means of recognizing and preserving the history of the railway during the summer of 2018.

Except for active work sites during deactivation, the grade could probably be walked/hiked at this time.