The Kettle Valley Railway was is one of the most remarkable sections of railway ever built in North America. It stretched from Mid-Way to Hope, Via Penticton. The route was carved out of the most rugged terrain. Although the Trains have stopped running, you can still explore the old routes, and see the stunning views for your self. The rails have now been lifted and turned into a linear park with flat trails suitable for hiking and biking. Learn about the history of the KVR and the Lakeboats
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.
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. It is the first thing you see as you come in the front entrance of the ship.The model railway is cared for by the Penticton Kettle Valley Model Railway Club, and has taken over 10,000 hours to build.
Printable Maps and Routes of the Kettle Valley Railway in the Okanagan
Courtesy of Penticton and Wine Country Visitor Centre
There is plenty more to see on the KVR sections in Naramata. You can drive to Naramata and access the trail from there, for another easy and enjoyable day trip on the KVR.
The Kettle Valley Railway and the Lake Boats
The railway (and railway owned lake boats) were vital to economic the development of the Okanagan valley.
You can learn more about the history of the KVR (and see a working miniature model of the Kettle Valley Railway!) on board the S.S Sicamous Museum in Penticton.
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More information about hiking on the Kettle Valley Railway
KVR Trail from Penticton to Myra Canyon Trestles
KVR Trail from Naramata to Myra Canyon Trestles (Kelowna)
Kettle Valley Railway Trail – Penticton to Princeton
Printable Map of the Kettle Valley Railway in the Okanagan
The Kettle Valley Railway was is one of the most remarkable sections of railway ever built in North America. Completed in July 1916, it stretched from Mid-Way to Hope, Via Penticton. The route was carved out of the most rugged terrain, and was more that once called an impossible undertaking. The completion of the railway was a testament to the engineering genius of Andrew McCulloch, and the strength a perseverance of the thousands of men worked to lay the tracks.