Kettle Valley Rail Trail - Westbridge, British Columbia
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N 49° 10.184 W 118° 58.572
11U E 355951 N 5448204
Quick Description: This section of the Kettle Valley Railway was built circa 1910. Today it has become one of the many access points for the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Trans Canada Trail.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 6/21/2016 1:49:23 PM
Waymark Code: WMRG5K
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Team RAGAR
Views: 2

Long Description:
To find this access point turn west off Highway 33 about 400 metres south of the bridge at Westbridge. Follow the road north to the end and you'll see the signs pointing to the nearest destinations on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Parking is available here at the access point.

Kettle Valley Rail Trail

This historic rail trail running from Brookmere to Midway is one of the most impressive sections of the Trans Canada Trail. Built on the route of the Kettle Valley Railway which opened in 1915 to transport silver ore to the coast, this trail showcases the genius of early railway pioneers who built countless trestles and tunnels to cross the two mountain ranges. One of the most popular and spectacular stretches is near Kelowna through Myra Canyon which has been designated a national historic site. The 12-km section offers fabulous views of the Canyon from 18 trestles that span the gorge on this cliff-hanging trail.

Length401.22 km

StatusOperational (388.36 km), Proposed (12.86 km)

Trail TypeGravel Trail

ActivitiesWalking/Hiking, Cycling, Horseback Riding, Cross-country Skiing, Snowmobiling

EnvironmentRural, Wilderness

Other ResourcesKettle Valley Rail Trail
Trails BC
Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society

From the Trans Canada Trail

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 section of the railroad, known as the Carmi Subdivision, was constructed 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.

Major sections of the KVRT have since been incorporated into the Trans Canada Trail, including the entire Carmi Subdivision. Abundant parking is available here as this is a very rural area.

The KVRT is about 400 kilometres in length with numerous access points. While in the spring, summer and fall the trail is given over to walking/hiking, cycling and horseback riding, in the winter it becomes a combination cross country ski and snowmobile trail.

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 for the entirety of its journey, 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.

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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

Fee Required?: no

Parking Coordinates: N 49° 10.184 W 118° 58.572

Hours available?: From: 6:00 AM To: 8:00 PM

Trail Difficulty:

Length of trail (or shortest trail) in miles: 2

Length of longest trail in miles: 285

Is the trail groomed?: Not Listed

Months available (if other than when snow is availble): Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Visitors to this waymark must post a picture of the trail head. Photos of the trail are encouraged. If the trail has been used by the visitor, feedback on the condition of the trail and experience is strongly encouraged.
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