Trails in Farm and Ranch Areas
The use of recreational trails is one of the most popular outdoor
activities enjoyed by British Columbians and visitors to the
province. Of the thousands of kilometres of trails throughout
BC, many go through or along farm and ranch lands. New trails
are continually being planned and developed - many associated with
the completion of the Trans Canada Trail system.
As new trails are developed, it is important that they are designed to be compatible with farm and ranching operations.
The farm is a workplace and concerns can arise from nearby trails. The potential for trespass and damage to crops and livestock forage is increased when trails border farm fields or pass through rangeland. Other concerns include harassment of livestock, gates left open and theft or vandalism.
However, trails and farming can co-exist. Various tools
can be used to effectively address most situations- see
To ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment when on a trail in farm or
ranch areas, some common sense "rules" have been developed and are
highlighted in Pics and Tips.
detailed information on planning, design, development and
maintenance of trails near agricultural lands, a detailed Trail Guide
has been developed (updated 2005).
A Guide to Using and Developing
Trails in Farm and Ranch Areas (Table of Contents), has links to the
For viewing/printing the entire
Trail Guide a link to the
complete book (PDF 12MB) is also
Complimenting the Guide, a 2-page brochure, Trails through Agriculture Areas has also been completed. The brochure considers key points for trail users.