This former railway merits a horseback journey or by bike with an overnight stop at the Chute lake lodge. The course is mostly levelled with minimum grades in some sections. Its historical value is ever present with trestles and tunnels that connect several rocky ridges. Best to travel westward from the higher elevation to the lake in the valley below. Avoid the summer months, it can be hot and dry, take water along.The scenery is lovely if you like large vistas and remote quarters. There is no wildlife, but some stray cow from the ranches in the area.Some trestles were rebuilt after a large forest fire destroyed the original timberwork in the mid 2000`s.
This mountain hike is high up, but follows the old rail bed which is a flat grade. It crosses several old trestles and has beautiful views of Kelowna and up and down the mountainside. The full trestle trail is 12 km, or 24 km if you don't leave a car at the other end, but you can do as much as you want and turn back. This is a great trail for serious hikers, casual walkers, bikers and families. Highly recommended.
You can walk or hire bikes along the trail and over the tressles; we walked the 6km out to the longest tressle - fab views and amazing technology for the day!
It was a great 90 min ride with lots of fun and awesome staff who work hard to make this a fun experience. Drive to the railway is awesome as well. Totally worth doing and a great family experience.
Rent mountainbikes, cycle up (up up up!!) and do the Naramata-Penticton trail. Goes down almost all the way and goes from stunning mountaintop views to between the vineyard views. Great workout and beautiful
Make the trek to the Little Tunnel (8km roundtrip). It's largely flat and fine pea gravel with outstanding, uninterrupted views of the valley below. The tunnel is enormous and makes for great photo-ops. How anyone had the notion and persistence to blast through the mountain is amazing. Hike longer and grab a bottle from Therapy Vineyards and book a room and a soak at the Naramata Heritage Inn and Spa just minutes from the trail head. Don't bike from the Inn though, unless you are fresh off the Tour de France circuit--the hill is a winding heart-stopper. Drive to the trailhead and then strut your stuff.
We did the Naramata time Little Tunnel about 2.9mi 4.7km. The trip to the Little Tunnel is mostly uphill with about a 2% grade. The return trip is about 10 minutes. The views are spectacular with vineyards and lakes below. A great trip for the family although it was an unseasonably cool July day with a high of 24c which made it much better.
We had a great time on the Kettle Valley Railway. A 90 minutes return journey with plenty of time to get off half way for photographs or to buy some delicious fresh cherries being sold along the track. We sat in an outside carriage which was perfect as it was a very hot day. A bit of breeze was very welcome.
We biked the Kettle Valley Railway Trail during our camping trip in August 2014. We went on a day that wasn't the best (rainy), but we still had a great time! The trail is beautiful, clean and well maintained. Easy for beginners but long enough for advanced riders as well. Spectacular views! The historical value of these trails in something else to note as well. The time and man power it would have taken to complete the Railway is mind blowing. The trestle's are fun but may be a bit high up for some people/children who are scared of heights. We highly recommend this trail to anyone in the area looking for a fun and educational day! Oh, and the little friendly ground squirrels that greeted us when we parked were a lovely surprise!
Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR)The KVR is a Walking and Cycling route over a disused Railway bed, it follows a 174km route through the Okanagan Valley.Myra Canyon is the most spectacular section (see separate review under Myra Canyon Bike Rentals) but there are multiple access points from the roads in the valley.This is a great way to Hike or Bike in scenic back country locations, look it up in more detail if you are interested, the Penticton / Naramarta section is also a great walk / ride it runs along the elevated Naramata Bench giving great views of the Lake and the Vineyards on the valley side below. The best section is 4.8km from Above Naramata up to Little Tunnel.