Kettle Valley Rail Trail
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will5822017
Calgary, Canada205 contributions
Jul 2021 • Couples
We liked how they’ve improved the trail with small gravel and even some spots it looks like recycled packed asphalt. There are lots of bathrooms along the route as well - great for when you’re trying to stay hydrated and drinking lots of water. There are also many benches to sit on and enjoy the view as well as numerous picnic tables. We did the trail from 0.0km in penticton to the kvr parking lot just off the chute lake road. We wanted to go up in elevation first, then coast on the way back. Worked great because the morning temps were cool but the noon hour temps were hot but we were at least expending very little effort by then. We saw lots of ebike rentals on the trail too if that’s what you’re into. Our bikes are a hybrid so just on the border of what’s safe on some of the loose gravel spots but doable if you’re aware and somewhat careful (we went up to almost 30kph on the way down).
I would highly recommend this trail and give big kudos to whomever maintains the trail. Thank you to those who made this trail possible.
Written July 6, 2021
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Blondin-Webber
Montreal, Canada47 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We sort of stumble upon it and only did a short portion ofbit through Naramata as we had really basic vintage bikes from the BandB but it was SPECTACULAR. I would totally come back to the region and rent good bikes and do it all day! You cycle through orchards and vineyards, the views are breathtaking, its easy... great morning!
Written August 16, 2021
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John P
Delta, Canada687 contributions
Aug 2020
A group of 4 cycled the Kettle Valley Rail Trail East to West (Midway to Penticton) and had a great experience. The trail runs the scale from pavement to gravel to dirt to grass to rock to sand. Some sections require your full attention to stay upright on the bike and narrow tires not recommended when doing the full trail. The Myra Canyon section is by far the highlight of the 200+ km section with its' trestles and tunnels.

We camped in Rock Creek; Beaverdell; Hydraulic Lake; and Chute Lake before reaching Penticton.
Written August 11, 2020
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Renato M
Vancouver, Canada1 contribution
May 2022 • Couples
Anyone that has given the trail 5 stars has clearly not completed the full 80km from Kelowna to Penticton. In fact, the sections from Myra to Ruth station and from little tunnel to Penticton are spectacular and the surface is great for most riders. The remaining 50km are brutal featuring potholes, deep puddles, rock fields, and deep beach sand that only a sadist would think makes a good topcoat for a bike trail. Consider yourself fortunate if you and your bike complete the ride undamaged.
Written May 5, 2022
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Rob B
Gibsons, Canada27 contributions
May 2022
This use to be the loveliest bike ride all the way from Midway to Penticton. We rode it many times with fully loaded touring bikes and camped along the way with our boys and various Scout groups. It was a ride for all ages. Unfortunately the trail has been opened up to ATVs which have chewed up the base so that most of e route is either nasty washboard track or else is extremely loose sand/gravel - like riding on marbles. By the end of the ride we were all suffering such bad hand arm vibration syndrome it took weeks to recover. One rider could not even shuffle a deck of cards for a month. So do not ride any sections other than the section from the Myra Canyon to Penticton unless you are dayriding or travelling light and are on a full suspension bike. The Myra Canyon is still fabulous and it and the section to Penticton are still ATV free. The rest is a disaster and I encourage you all to write the provincial government for allowing this to happen. It is a sad end to what was once a jewel on the Trans Canada Trail.
Written September 30, 2022
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Dianne C
Penticton, Canada19 contributions
Feb 2020
This is a favourite walk heading out from Vancouver Avenue at almost any time of day. Although I prefer early to mid-morning before the sun gets too high in the summer. It's got bright, open, expansive views over Penticton and Okanagan Lake all the way north past Summerland to Peachland. There's a nice trestle crossing just before the 3 km mark and a ice cream (and soon to be brewery stop) just beyond the 3 km mark. Lots of birds for bird watchers including a variety of raptors (eagles, red-tailed hawks, Merlins and American kestrels), Clarke's Nutcrackers have been making an appearance, lots of rock doves, crows, ravens, blue birds, finches, Chickadees and more depending on the season. Only concern..., during spring, many of the vineyards along the way will be doing some spraying. I avoid the trail at that time.
Written February 17, 2020
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PS00011
Sedona, AZ223 contributions
Nov 2020
We were lucky to encounter a beautiful fall day, but I'm sure this is beautiful year round. Really nicely maintained trail that winds along really interesting terrain. Very nice gradual grade would be good for biking too. Great to get outside and get a feel for the area.
Written November 3, 2020
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Patricia Y
North Vancouver, Canada227 contributions
Jun 2022 • Couples
Tried biking this part of the trail this past week (June 19th 2022). As there had been a lot of rain we expected some puddles, but the puddles/potholes were so large with so much rainwater in them they were impassable. Some of the puddles were 50’ to 60’ long! Recently (?) dumped gravel also made the trail difficult to pedal bikes with narrower tires. I’m sure the water will soon dry up but this part of the trail needs serious attention. Sadly we were unable to make it to Bellevue Trestle Bridge.
Written June 22, 2022
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Mario B
Vancouver, Canada1,373 contributions
Aug 2020
What a fantastic bicycle ride . Only 2.2% grade so easy peddling up . Multiple parking
Spots along trail or east bicycle from downtown Penticton. Thicker tires recommended as gravel travel. Very smooth until you get past little tunnel .
Written August 11, 2020
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Laura_in_Victoria
Victoria75 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
I debated whether to give this four or five stars. In the end, five stars won out because this trail ia unique and incredibly scenic. My only complaint is that some parts of the trail (eg from Penticton to Okanagan Falls) could be better marked. There are some rough transitions between some legs of the trail in this section-and this might be where the rrail goes through private property as a right of way. Still, the existence and ongoing maintenance of this incredible trail is a remarkable achievement.
Written July 8, 2020
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