The Trans Canada Trail enters Penticton from the north along the east bluffs of Okanagan Lake. Following the route of the former Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), along the trail you will discover maps, interpretive signage, and the occasional artifact from this historical site.
This is a very popular trail with locals and tourists for biking, walking, jogging and sightseeing.
The trail passes through many local vineyards and orchards, and along creeks and Okanagan Lake – so there are many opportunities for ‘breaks’ along the way. Discover Penticton at its finest!
Trail Highlights and Developments:
Your journey along the KVR in the Penticton area is a spectacular part of the Trans Canada Trail. Some highlights include:
- Great trail conditions from Penticton to Naramata
- Great trail conditions in sections between OK Falls and Penticton
- McCulloch Trestle
- Little Tunnel and views of Okanagan Lake
- Rock Ovens Regional Park
- Adra Tunnel (closed but under restoration)
- Chute Lake Resort
Penticton to Kelowna
Some say that the Okanagan Lake shoreline at Penticton looks like southern California with is beachfront bistros, sandy beach, blue water and surrounding sun-drenched hills. Penticton is the start of the Kettle Valley Railway’s Carmi subdivision, one of six KVR subdivisions that now provide wonderful trail experiences.
From the benchlands on the east side Okanagan Lake, the trail offers up incredible views of the lake and nearby communities. And then there are the wineries…so many wineries! You can walk or cycle to many of them.
At Little Tunnel you will be compelled to stop and take in the views. You must take a camera! Benches have been provided for you to rest and perhaps enjoy a snack or lunch.
Above Little Tunnel the trail gradually ascends the slopes of Okanagan Mountain. A popular access point is the Glenfir Station. From here a further 8 km ride or hike will bring you to the Adra Tunnel. Although closed to through passage, you can visit either end of the tunnel. At 490 meters in length, this is the longest tunnel on .
Penticton To Summerland
The portion of the KVR between the Trout Creek Trestle (southern Summerland) and the city of Penticton is in the process of being returned to the Penticton Indian Band. Once the transfer is complete, agreements will be needed to permit future public use of the trail. Although there are no barriers to prevent users from travelling along this section of trail, they are crossing “no man’s land” (not yet private property) and do so at their own risk; this segment of the KVR is not maintained or patrolledtranslate
Penticton to Osoyoos
The KVR trail from Penticton to Osoyoos is currently doable only in sections. There is no bridge across the Okanagan River south of Vaseaux Lake. There are sections of rail bed that are under dispute by land owners, the section around Oliver is not usable as per the track but there is the nearby International Hike and Bike Trail that runs adjacent to the Okanagan River. Trails BC has a map that shows what is currently doable, which includes road and highway segments. (source: Trails BC Penticton to Osoyoos Bike Route)
The International Hike & Bike Trail follows the course of the Okanagan River channel from McAlpine Bridge on Highway 97 in the north to Osoyoos Lake in the south.
The total distance is 18.4km, of which nearly 10km is paved and there are many trailheads and parking areas that allow for easy access to this family friendly ride.