How to find the start of the Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail in Penticton
The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) trail in the Okanagan Valley is a popular hiking destination for tourists and locals alike. Here is some practical information for hikers on the Penticton to Naramata section, including directions, general facts, weather, hazards, etiquette, what to bring, and photos.
Accessing the 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.
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
- Map on the left shows the route from the SS Sicamous to the start of the trail 2. The Map on the right shows the trail from Vancouver Place onwards
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.
How to access the KVR trail from Naramata
From Naramata you can head south towards Penticton, or North towards the Little Tunnel and connection with the “Trans Canada Trail”. These directions are for heading North along the trail.
On the walk towards the Little Tunnel, there is also the option to detour and see the rock ovens. The map below shows the driving route, from Penticton to the start of the Naramata trail ( from the Smethurst Road Parking Lot)
KVR Trail to access the “Little Tunnel” lookout over Naramata
Finding the “Little Tunnel” can be a little hard for first time visitors to Naramata, but it is a beautiful spot, and is definitely worth the trip.
Here are directions to reach the start of the tunnel trail by car. From there it is foot or cycle traffic only. The route is 4.4 km each way, and will take about 1hour 30 minutes to reach the tunnel at a walking pace. Remember to bring lots of water if you are walking the trail in the summer months.
- Drive North from Penticton, along Naramata Road. The turn you want is just after the main turn off for Naramata centre (look out for Robinson Road, where the road forks).
- Soon after you will see the turn off for “Smethhurst Road” on your right. It is small and easy to miss, so keep an eye out.
- Keep following Smethurst all the way up, past houses and the small “Bench Mark” bed and breakfast. Eventually you will arrive at the parking area. Here you will find washrooms, and signs for the start of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail.
- It is a 4.4 km walk from here to the tunnel, and the path is straight and even. The walk to the tunnel takes about an hour and 30 minutes (if you don’t take the detour to see the rock ovens). The return walk seems slightly faster, as the gradient is a very slightly down hill.
- For more details have a look below at the printable “Penticton to Chute Lake” map, which shows the directions and road turn off for reaching the little tunnel.
Reaching the Little Tunnel trail, heading North from Penticton – turn right on Smethurst Rd. and keep going until you reach the car park.
View of Okanagan Lake from the Little Tunnel
Driving Route from Penticton to the Naramata Trail Parking Area
Trail is accessed from the Smethurst Road Parking lot. To open the maps in your browser, click the “more options” text.
KVR Trail from Penticton to Myra Canyon Trestles
KVR Trail from Naramata to Myra Canyon Trestles (Kelowna)
Kettle Valley Railway Trail – Princeton to Penticton
Printable Maps and Routes of the Kettle Valley Railway in the Okanagan
Courtesy of Penticton and Wine Country Visitor Centre