Kettle Valley Rail Trail - Penticton, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 49° 29.739 W 119° 34.914
11U E 313044 N 5485761
Quick Description: This Kettle Valley Railway bridge was built in Penticton circa 1910 to carry the rails over Penticton Creek. Today it has become one of the access points for the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in Penticton.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 12/29/2015 12:37:42 AM
Waymark Code: WMQ6CD
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member huggy_d1
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Long Description:
Built in the early twentieth century, the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR), was a subsidiary of the CPR, the intention of which was to ensure a Canadian railroad presence in the Boundary Country and the South Okanagan. This Steel girder bridge was part of the first section of rail built by the KVR, known as the Carmi Subdivision, with construction beginning in 1910.

Declining use caused the elimination of passenger service on the KVR in 1964. Eight years later this, the Carmi Subdivision, was shut down, with the tracks being torn up sometime later. By 1989 the entire Kettle Valley Railway was abandoned and the tracks removed. In the 1990s work was begun on the construction of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVRT), which encompasses essentially the entire KVR railbed, from Midway, BC to Hope.

Today the KVRT passes over this bridge, which is one of several access points for the trail in the City of Penticton. The major sponsor for the construction of the section of trail on which the bridge is located was the Rotary Club of Penticton-Okanagan.

Major sections of the KVRT have since been incorporated into the Trans Canada Trail, including this section and this bridge. Parking is available on Pickering Street off the east end of the bridge, but not advisable on Government Street.

The KVRT is about 455 kilometres in length with numerous access points. The official start, or “Mile 0” of the KVRT is in Midway, BC, while the "end" is at Hope, BC, where it connects with the Silverhope Creek Trail. This trail connects to further trails which continue west to the Pacific. At Midway the trail connects to the Columbia and Western Rail Trail which is also part of the Trans Canada Trail. The Columbia and Western Rail Trail ends at Midway where the KVRT begins. Though the KVRT runs through mountain country both east and west from Penticton, this being a Rail Trail, there are no grades steeper than 2 to 3 percent.

The entire length of the main section of the KVRT is also the Trans Canada Trail (TCT), currently just over 18,000 kilometres long. It is hoped that, by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the TCT, the trail will be complete, stretching 24,000 kilometres in total.

From Rails to Trails

This pathway was originally the site of the Kettle Valley Railway which brought the first passenger train to Penticton in 1915. The KVR provided a vital transportation link for South Okanagan orchardists and ranchers. Evidently, it played a key role in the historical development of the Penticton area.

After 70 years of service, operation of the KVR was discontinued due to newer modes of transportation. The last train left Penticton in 1989.

In 1994, this section of railway between Vancouver Ave. and Calgary Ave. was upgraded and paved. Funding for the pathway project was provided by the Rotary Club of Penticton-Okanagan, the City of Penticton and many local, private and corporate citizens.
From the Rotary plaque at the bridge

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The Trans Canada Trail

Initiated in 1992 as a project to celebrate Canada’s 125th year, the Trans Canada Trail is one of the world's longest networks of multi-use recreational trails. Once fully connected, it will stretch nearly 24,000 kilometres from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Arctic oceans, through every province and territory, linking Canadians in nearly 1,000 communities.

The Trans Canada Trail is made up of nearly 500 individual trails, each with unique and varied features. This contributes to the diversity and grandeur of Canada’s national Trail. For day trips or multi-day adventures, the Trail offers countless opportunities to explore and discover.

To date, just over 18,000 kilometres of the Trail are operational which is 80 percent of the proposed route. Four out of five Canadians live within 30 minutes of the Trail.

The Trans Canada Trail is a community-based project. Trail sections are owned, operated and maintained by local organizations, provincial authorities, national agencies and municipalities across Canada. The Trans Canada Trail does not own or operate any trail.

The Trans Canada Trail is represented by provincial and territorial organizations that are responsible for championing the cause of the Trail in their region. These provincial and territorial partners together with local trail-building organizations are an integral part of the Trans Canada Trail and are the "driving force" behind its development.

Our goal is to connect the Trail as a continuous route from coast to coast to coast by 2017, the 25th anniversary of the Trail and Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. With just over 5,700 kilometres of Trail to go—many in unpopulated areas with difficult terrain—this is a bold and ambitious goal. With the dedication and support of all Canadians, we can collectively make it happen.
From the Trans Canada Trail

Trail Name: Kettle Valley Rail Trail - Trans Canada Trail

Short description of trail:
See above - Rail Trail, various trail surfaces, mostly dirt and gravel, very easy grades, sensational scenery

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