Myra Canyon Trestles

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4/5

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Myra Canyon Trestles

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September, 2018

Do not even think about visiting the Okanagan Valley area of British Columbia without taking a trip to Myra Canyon. It is impossible to put into words the beauty of the scenery. It is also impossible to comprehend the courage of the men who hand-built the trestles in conditions which must have been very trying. The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) ran along a steep-walled canyon. It was originally built towards the end of the 19th century. Much earthwork was involved, requiring blasting cuts and tunnels through rock and trestling over the gaps. There are 2 tunnels and 18 trestle bridges that are totally spectacular. A vast forest fire three years ago wiped out several of the wooden trestles and these have been restored by the Preservation Society.

From spring to autumn you can reach the site by car with a normal suspension and tyres by a partially surfaced, partially solid hard-core road. If feeling very energetic you could cycle it, definitely need off-road tyres. Winter weather would require the use of special vehicles. From downtown Kelowna it is about 15 miles past farms, orchards, vineyards, and golf courses. At Myra Station, there is a lots of parking.

At Myra Station it is possible to hire bikes so you can cover more ground to see more parts of the canyon. You could bring your own bikes of course. We transported our two sons and their mountain bikes to KVR, they then cycled along a length of the trail and then descended through the forest by well-used tracks to another pick-up car park. They both found it exhilarating.

“Myra Canyon – Kettle Valley”:https://www.tourismkelowna.com/things-to-do/outdoor-recreation/myra-canyon/

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