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“Amazing trail, beautiful views”

Kettle Valley Railway Trail
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$135.45*
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Okanagan Wine Country Bike and Wine Tour
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Reviewed August 7, 2013

We walked this trail from Princeton town and walked thru the tunnels, the river bridge, the Red Ochre Bluffs and back. The Trail is very pleasant and enjoyable. The river bank picnic spot was a favourite of locals and visitors both. The Red Ochre Bluffs were amazing. The walk thru the Bridge of Dreams is also very nice. All in all a great experience for hikers, walkers and cyclists. The only draw back was the noise pollution and trail hogging ATVs and dirt bikes. But then they need to have their fun too... I will definately recommend everyone to explore this hidden gem. Please carry water with you and yes, there are no washrooms.... atleast I didn't see any. The nearest washroom place would be Subway or A&W...

2  Thank YaShaK
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

We have biked the KVR near Myra Canyon a number of times. Every time we love it. Recently we took some friends from Ontario there and they thoroughly enjoyed it as well. If you are in the OK Valley and you like biking, this is a must do. It is particularly kid friendly because there is absolutely no car or truck traffic at all.

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Reviewed July 3, 2013

We love the KVR Trail and have used the part along Penticton and Okanagan Falls a lot.
The trial follows down Skaha Lake and is very scenic and beautiful. It is shared by runners, walkers, and bikes.
Make sure you go prepared with adequate water/snacks as you are far from services.
You will be able to have cell phone service while on some of the trail but just be prepared.
It is very popular with the locals.

5  Thank CanuckMama
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Reviewed May 7, 2013

I rode my bicycle from Peachland to the June Springs Road entrance to the KVR (South of Kelowna), then took the KVR to Naramata, then rode back to Peachland through Penticton, in a day, last summer. The bike I rode was a cyclocross style bicycle with knobby tires, and no suspension (rigid fork), and it worked well. I would not recommend using a road bike on this trail, but I would also not recommend using a full suspension mountain bike. A cyclocross or hard-tail mountain bike would be ideal, depending on your preferences.

My bike had trouble on June Springs Road, which leads to the parking lot of the KVR trestles (the main tourist spot, and the starting point of the KVR in the region). This section of June Springs Road is a loosely packed dirt road with grades exceeding 10%, and would probably be better tackled with a hard-tail mountain bike due to the gearing and more agressive tread; most people drive their cars up this section, only I was stupid enough to ride my bicycle up it. On the trail the slope is between 2% and 3% with no variation (it goes downhill from the Kelowna side to the Naramata side), this is due to the design of the railway; this makes it pretty easy to pedal along without getting tired in either direction. The condition of the trail when I was riding on it was not great; it is very sandy and can get pretty bumpy because of erosion, but it was clear and wide with very few hazards. Depending on how tough you are, you may want front suspension (to help with comfort) and fatter tires (to help with traction).

Once you're deep into the trail, and overlooking the lake, it is stunningly beautiful and serene. I can't begin to describe the view; it was really amazing. About half way through, you'll see Chute Lake, and there is a resort there. You can stay the night at the Chute lake resort if you want, but in my opinion the entire length of the trail between Kelowna and Naramata is a day trip, I went even further than that, and it was fine. South of Chute lake is an interesting tunnel, you can go inside it, but it doesn't go all the way through (yet). With some more donations, they intend to open up the tunnel and providing lighting, which I am really looking forward to. I got off the trail around Hillside Estate Winery, because riding on the road is smoother and faster, and the view is roughly the same.

Aside from riding the trail between Kelowna and Naramata, you can visit the Trestles which are awesome. It's almost completely flat, with good path conditions, and there are lots of interesting signs about wildlife and the history of the trail. The best part is, of course, the trestles and tunnels, which you can ride over and experience beautiful scenery and observe the interesting construction and history related the the KVR. I believe the length of the trestle area is roughly 11km, so it's very easy for anyone of any skill level to ride a bicycle along, even children. People wanting to walk are also welcome; the trail is very wide. I believe they also do guided tours of this section of the KVR.

Overall, it's pretty cool. In the summer it is very beautiful, and the history I thought was super interesting. You get the most for your time if you drive your car to the parking lot south of Kelowna and travel the section with the trestles and signage on a bicycle, and then back. If you want more of an adventure and exceptional scenery, then take the KVR south towards Naramata. If you do decide to go south to Naramata, I would recommend doing it in one day, and using either a Cyclocross or Hard-tail mountain bike.

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Reviewed April 8, 2013

A great hike, walk, or bike ride, this trail is set in a breathtaking valley, with lots of history and photos and interest points that tell the story of the Kettle Valley Railway, the fires that tore apart the trestle bridges, and the work done by the community to restore the area. This is excellent for families and people of all ages. The walk is easy with very few inclines, and the path is fairly smooth. Pack a light snack or picnic and rent a bike, and take a camera!!

We phoned the bike rental company and they did not return our call because they are out of cell range most of the time, but if you go to the entrance of the hike they are right there and usually have bikes available if it's not too late in the day.

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