About the KVR

The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail is the longest rail trail network in British Columbia extending from Hope to Castlegar. Once a comprehensive railroad system, the decommissioned tracks are now home to an extensive recreational trail providing almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways throughout the region.

Experiences on the trail can be self-guided or part of an organized tour, with sections ranging from family-friendly day-trips to overnight legs for experienced riders.


Okanagan Trestles Tour

Ride the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail from Myra Canyon to Penticton on Canada Day – July 1st, 2018.

Abandoned railway corridors hold unparalleled opportunities as recreational trails, and the Kettle Valley Railway is no exception. This corridor is one of the most dynamic routes in Canada, with some truly impressive scenery and spectacular views.

Cycling this trail is truly a challenging venture that unfolds over the expanse of place and time. The 2018 event will be celebrating Canada Day and the historic KVR Rail Trail.

Visit the Route 97 website for more events and festivals throughout the region.

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