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Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR)

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The Kettle Valley Rail Trail, one of the most well-known rail trails in British Columbia, is located within the Kettle Valley district in the Thompson Okanagan. Overall the trail covers approximately 455 kilometres between the western city limits of Grand Forks, British Columbia and extends to the eastern limit of Brodie, British Columbia near the Coquihalla Lakes Lodge on the Coquihalla Highway. The rail extends from here to Hope but at present this section of the rail trail is not part of the Spirit of 2010 Trail. http://www.spiritof2010trail.ca/RailTrail.aspx?id=kettle.

The Kelowna section of this trail is the most visited and ridden section as riders are a treated to approximately 18 trestle train bridges in and around Myra and Bellevue Canyons and two tunnels cut through the surrounding rugged terrain. The main access is via McCulloch Road past the Gallagher’s Canyon golf course to the Myra Forest Service Road. Use caution since this section of paved road is narrow with blind corners. Once on the forest service road, follow it for 8 km to the large parking area. The road is gravel and can be rough. The gravel parking area is divided into two lots with a total of roughly 75 spots and lots of room to turn around. There are two pit toilets here, one of which is wheelchair accessible. For a good afternoon of riding head west from this location to the trestles of Myra Canyon. Continue on to experience the trestles of Bellevue Canyon and then ride back.

An overall map of the entire KVR trail can be found at: http://www.trailness.com/kvr/. Guided tours can be arranged through Monashee Adventure Tours http://www.monasheeadventuretours.com/.

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