Kettle Valley Railroad
Looking for big views and smiles? Check out this iconic Okanagan landmark!
One of the best things to do in Kelowna is to explore the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. It is a reclaimed railroad in the mountains converted to a walkway or for bicycles. Sorry no motorized vehicles allowed anymore! The trail is easy to moderate perfectly almost flat and is a great for families and pets.
Perched high above the neighborhood of South East Kelowna you can follow the meandering mountain trail some 3000ft above the Okanagan Lake. Only 35 minutes from downtown Kelowna to the trail head parking makes it a an easy morning round trip or make a day of it with a picnic. The walking / biking trail offers spectacular lake views from the steep canyons winding back and forth overlooking the valley below. Truly an engineering marvel that has stood the test of time with 18 trestle bridges and 2 tunnels that link the landscape.
HISTORY AT A GLANCE
Completed in 1914
Took 5 years to build
Originally used to transport copper, silver and gold
Last train ran in 1972
The 2003 Okanagan Mountain Park Forest Fire (64,030 acres) nearly destroyed the trail system.
Post fire funding from both the Public and Private sector restored the trail system