Okanagan Valley, BC

Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) Trail

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The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) Trail is one of the more unique and scenic runs in the Okanagan Valley. This gravel multi-use path follows the former rail line that used to run from Grand Forks, BC to  Hope, BC. The KVR Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail combine for an extensive recreational trail providing almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways throughout the region. This interactive map has excellent information on the trail, including difficulty ratings for the different sections.

In the Okanagan Valley, the 12.5 km between the Myra Forestry Rd. parking lot and the Ruth Station Parking Lot in Myra Canyon is particularly interesting and scenic, with its wooden trestles, steel bridges, and two tunnels. It’s quite something to run over these wooden trestle — amazing views and a feat of engineering.

Additional Options: From Myra Canyon, the KVR Trail continues for another 18 km, becoming more remote and wooded. It’s popular with cyclists. And from the Myra Forestry Rd. parking lot, the trail heads east toward McCulloch.

Essentials
  • We've mapped the full 31 km (19.2 miles) one-way, but particularly recommend the 12 km between the Myra Forestry Rd. and Ruth Station
  • Rolling hills -- not too steep in any section
  • Myra Forestry Rd. parking lot or Ruth Station Parking Lot
  • Parking lots at Myra Forestry Rd. or Ruth Station