To give you some background, the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a hiking and biking trail (part of the Trans-Canada Trail) that is on old route of the Canadian Pacific Railway. The Kettle Valley Railway opened in 1915, after some 20 years of construction. What makes it so special is the terrain: the railway goes through mountains, hills, crevices, you name it! It was quite an engineering feat to get a railway up and running through this region.
With this in mind, it is surprising that it took us this long to check out the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. If you are in the area and haven’t checked it out, do so! It is totally awesome (and free).
Today we biked the “Mara Canyon” section, which is technically located within Kelowna proper. This section has 18 wooden trestles (up to 55 meters in height) and two tunnels. It is mostly flat, and isn’t really long, so this is an easy activity for everyone.
I will admit that if you are afraid of heights, this may not be the ideal trail for you. It can be unnerving! The whole thing though is very solid and the height makes gives it an added thrill.
Wondering why there are so many dead trees and why some of the trestles look so new? A large forest fire destroyed this section of the trail in 2003.