The Kettle Valley Railway in Penticton

Did you know? Penticton was once the head quarters of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR). This bustling railway town boasted two stations, a wharf connecting with the steam ships, and its own luxury railway hotel. The trains have long since stopped running, but the legacy of the railways continues to this day. Learn more about Penticton & the KVR. 

The KVR trail is now a popular hiking destination for tourists and locals alike. You can follow the walking trail through Summerland, Penticton, Naramata and Kelowna too. If you are feeling adventurous, the path also connects with the Trans Canada Trail, spanning the whole of the country.

Map of the start of the KVR in penticton
Map of the walking routes in courtesy of the Visitor Information centre, at 553 Vees Drive Penticton. They will be happy to provide more information about hiking and biking options in the local area.

How to find the start of the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail in Penticton

Accessing the walking trail is easiest from Vancouver Avenue, Penticton.
Directions: Head up Vancouver Avenue and turn left onto Vancouver Place. Continue to the end of the cul-de-sac and you will see the start of the trail. See below for a Google Maps link to the area.

The first passenger train arrives at the Penticton Railway Station (June 31st 1915)

The first KVR passenger train pulls into the Penticton railway station (June 31st 1915). The railway station was beside the wharf, at the base of Martin Street (close to where the Peach is today). Photo from the Penticton Museum and Archives. Click to learn more.

 

The Penticton Railway station, on the waterfront. The wharf and lake boats were right along side. (This photo is shared courtesy of the City of Penticton Museum and Archives. (#PMA0798)

The Penticton KVR Railway Station, as seen from the bow of a stern wheeler (possibly the SS Sicamous!) Photo is from the Penticton Museum and Archives.

Penticton Peach

The Location of the Original Penticton Railway Station - The Iconic Penticton Peach sits close to where the original railway station and docks were located. Next time you are at the beach, take a moment to picture the busy railway wharf, with stern wheelers and tugs ready to depart.

How to find the Penticton KVR Trail on Google Maps

Start by entering the postcode V2A 1A7 into google, Then change the mode of transport to "walking", and the start of the trail will become visible.

To open the maps in your browser, click the "more options" text

The map above shows the trail from Vancouver Place onward. To open the maps in your browser, click the "more options" text.

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The original KVR. A steam engine travels over the original Three Mile Trestle Bridge. The bridge has been restored and is part of the walking trail from Penticton.

Google Map of KVR Cycle Route from Penticton to Naramata

This is a much longer trip, more suitable for cyclists. To open the maps in your browser, click the "more options" text.

The trail is at an elevation of 598 meters (1955 feet) and is 20.6 km (12.8 miles). It can be a relaxing walk or bike ride with spectacular views. It takes about 4 hours to bike a round trip. Start at Vancouver Place, Penticton, and continue to all the way to Naramata. Along the way, you will see panoramic views of Okanagan Lake, stop along the way at the many quaint, famous Okanagan vineyards and wineries. You can also keep going to reach the Naramata Little Tunnel, where the KVR trail officially connects with the Trans Canada Trail.

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Steam engine passes through the Little Tunnel Look Out in Naramata, BC. This location is on the KVR trail and has stunning views of the area.

View from Little Tunnel - Naramata KVR Walking and Hiking Trail

View from the Naramata Little Tunnel look out. Learn More about hiking to the Naramata Little Tunnel

Printable Map

Printable map of the KVR route from Penticton to Chute Lake, via Naramata ana the Little Tunnel. Map courtesy of the Penticton Visitor Information Centre.

Map features: the McCulloch Trestle, the Arawana Water Tower Gazebo, Smethurst Parking lot, the Adra Tunnel bypass Trail, the Water tower and house, rock overs 4 and 5, Glenfir Loop and wood wacker trail.

KVR Trail from Penticton to Chute Lake, showing the Adra Tunnel bypass Trail, the Water tower and house, rock overs 4 and 5, Glenfir Loop and wood wacker trail.

More ways to explore & enjoy the Kettle Valley Railway

Miniature Penticton complete with railway station, Mini SS Sicamous and Naramata Tug Boat
Working Model KVR Railway

See the Kettle Valley Railway in Miniature. An immense scale model of the Kettle Valley Railway covers much of the cargo deck on the SS Sicamous. The model shows the entire route of the KVR from Midway, through Penticton and on to Hope. Visit the Museum

Steam Train departing from KVR station in Summerland
Restored KVR Steam Engine in Summerland BC

Ride on a Steam Train in Summerland BC. A section of the original KVR railway tracks has been preserved. A restored 1912 steam engine offers trips in the summer. The trains are looked after by volunteers. Check the website for train schedules. The Kettle Valley Steam Railway - Summerland, BC

KVR McCulloch Bridge Penticton
KVR McCulloch Bridge Penticton

Self Guided Biking Tours of the KVR.  Rent a bike from Hoodoo adventures, and catch the shuttle to Chute Lake. Then bike back to Penticton, enjoying stunning views of the Okanagan (the first 20km from Chute lake is rough terrain, so be prepared). The staff at Hoodoo will be happy to provide tips and maps.

KVR train travels over the Myra Canyon Trestles, close to Kelowna BC.

Guided Biking Tour of the Myra Canyon Trestles - Enjoy an epic 6 to 8 hour guided cycle tour. You will travel over the Myra Canyon Trestles, then south through Chute Lake and Naramata, arriving back in Penticton. To learn more about the KVR guided tours and shuttle service, visit Hoodoo Adventures on Ellis Street Penticton. Click to Learn More

More to see. Printable Maps and Routes of the Kettle Valley Railway in the Okanagan

Courtesy of Penticton and Wine Country Visitor Centre

< Printable map of the KVR trails from Osooyos.

Map shows the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR) from Osooyos through Vaseux Lake, Okanagan Falls, Penticton, Naramata and Kelowna too.

Click the map to enlarge and print! Copies are also available from the Penticton Visitor Information Centre

Map includes: Kelowna, McCulloch Road, Hydraulic Lake, Arlington Lakes, Carmi, Westbridge, Rock Creek, Osooyos, Oliver, Okanagan Falls, Skaha Lake, Penticton, Naramata and Chute Lake.

< Printable map of the KVR trail in Oliver BC.

Map shows the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR) from in Oliver BC. If visiting Oliver, you can find the Tourism Information centre in the old CPR Railway Station house, just south of Lions Park. It is right on the walking and hiking trails.

Map features: Kinsman Park, Kiwanis Park, Lions Park, Rotary Beach, Kiwanis Desert Oasis Picnic Park.

Click the map to enlarge and print! Copies are also available from the Penticton Visitor Information Centre

< Full Printable Map of the Kettle Valley Railway Route from the Kootenays to Coast.

 

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The Role of the KVR in Penticton

Did you know? Penticton was once the head quarters of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR). This bustling railway town boasted two stations, a wharf connecting with the steam ships, and its own luxury railway hotel. The trains have long since stopped running, but the legacy of the railways continues to this day. Learn more about Penticton & the KVR. 

The KVR trail is now a popular hiking destination for tourists and locals alike. You can follow the walking trail through Summerland, Penticton, Naramata and Kelowna too. If you are feeling adventurous, the path also connects with the Trans Canada Trail, spanning the whole of the country.

Learn more about the Railway Heritage of Penticton and the Okanagan

Penticton and the Kettle Valley Railway