Kelowna is the largest centre near the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. It has a small international airport (flights to Seattle, USA) with direct flights in Canada to Vancouver and Calgary and connecting flights across the country.
If you decide to break from the trail for a day or two while exploring the city, you can use this map download to find the cycling routes through the city.
Hot and sunny, Kelowna averages 300.5 hours of bright sunshine in July with temperatures often exceeding 35 degrees Celsius – make sure you have plenty of water and sunscreen!
The Kelowna area of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is probably the most famous section of the entire trail and indeed ranks at the top of the TransCanada Trail in British Columbia. This is the Myra Canyon and a most amazing section of trestle bridges spanning the narrow, steep canyon that overlooks the magnificent Okanagan Lake. In 2003, many of these famous trestles burnt in a massive forest fire but have all since been rebuilt.
Elevation & Distances
- Elevation: Midway 581 metres
- Rock Creek 603 metres
- Westbridge 633 metres
- Beaverdell 790 metres
- Idabel Lake 1225 metres
- Myra Station 1258 metres
- Ruth Station 1244 metres
- Kelowna (at airport) 344 metres
- Idabel Lake to Myra Station: 18 km
- Myra Station to Chute Lake: 36.1 km
There are all different styles and ranges of accommodation within Kelowna from campgrounds to motels, B&B’s and hotels, and a few well located providers near the trail. It is a fairly steep gravel road downhill to the city however, so be prepared for an upward climb to return to the trail after exploring!
Myra Canyon Ranch
Contact: (250) 764-9731
Hosts: Rolf & Kathrin
Location: 4675 June Springs Road, Kelowna
Rates: $150-$320 B&B/$90 outfitters tents
Special Notes: 2 night minimum stay during high season
You will be warmly greeted by the owners of Myra Canyon Ranch – enjoy a comfortable stay in style just a few kilometres off the trail. If you spend a little extra time you can also explore the exciting new Adventure Park opening 2015. Visit their website for details.