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THOMAS CREEK WILDFIRE - OK FALLS
Summer
Kettle Valley Rail Trail – Bike Ride

The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR Trail) is one of the most iconic attractions in Penticton. Stretching 660 km from Hope, BC to Castlegar, BC the KVR is a decommissioned rail trail that has be converted into a recreational trail network that is also part of the Trans Canada Trail. The section of the trail between Penticton and Naramata is arguably the most developed of the entire KVR. 

Easily accessible from downtown Penticton, the KVR trail works its way out of the city to the north through some residential neighbourhoods before opening up and following along the eastern ridge line of the Naramata Bench. From there you are surrounded by vineyards and orchards for the rest of the ride as you head towards the village Naramata or the Little Tunnel lookout.

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Freedom The Bike Shop

Stop in and rent an E-bike from Freedom Bike Shop. An e-bike is a great way to explore the KVR and gives you the freedom to stop and go as you please along the trail. Many picture ops and tasting rooms will be catching your attention along the way!

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Kettle Valley Railway Trail - Downtown Access

  • Penticton

After grabbing you bike, ride down White Ave East and cross Government St at the pedestrian walkway. Cross the bridge over the creek and you will see the entrance to the KVR.

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Kettle Valley Railway Trail - Vancouver Place

  • Vancouver Place, Penticton

Continue following the paved pathway and you will come to a second pedestrian walkway across Vancouver Ave and follow the road along Vancouver Place. At the end of the street, you will see the grated gravel entrance of the KVR Trail on your right. From here, you are on a multi use trail that is only accessible by walking, bike or horseback.

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Kettle Valley Railway Trail - McCulloch Trestle

  • Just North of Munson Mountain, Penticton

2.7km along the trail you will come to the McCulloch Trestle. Take a minute to soak in the views of the vineyards and orchards along the Naramata Bench and overlooking Okanagan Lake.  

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Kettle Valley Railway Trail - Little Tunnel

  • Naramata

We suggest making the most of your e-bike an ride 13km more, slightly up hill (2-3% max grade) to the Little Tunnel lookout. This is a popular destination for most visitors along the KVR and offers incredible views from Peachland to the North to Ok Falls to the South. At the Little Tunnel, take a break and enjoy the snacks you bought from Joy Road Bakeshop.

Now its time to turn around and head back to Penticton (its all downhill!). Enjoy the views and the gentle ride as you make your way back to the city.