In the past few weeks several Fernie locals have complained after being fined for crossing trails on established paths in the area, according to a recent blog post.
But these trespassing fines are valid and not uncommon, Canadian Pacific (CP) Spokesperson Salem Woodrow said.
“CP experiences ongoing trespassing issues in the Fernie area, particularly the area near Ridgemont Drive,” she added. “Using the CP tracks as a shortcut is not only extremely dangerous, it is illegal.”
Salem noted that each year around this time CP Police are diligent in patrolling the Ridgemont area and educating people about railroad safety.
“In 2013, trespassing accounted for 57 total fatalities and serious injuries,” she said.
But despite proper signage, individuals are still crossing the tracks.
Fernie residents should be aware that trespassing is a federal offence under the Rail Safety Act and can result in a fine upwards of $500.
Individuals can also be fined under provincial legislation with fines ranging from $100 to $300, Woodrow said.