We love getting outdoors as much as possible when we are traveling. One of the first things we do when checking out a destination is to take a look at their tourism website to get an idea of activities offered. The Tourism Kelowna website is where we found this gem, the Myra Canyon Trestles.
The hike through the Myra Canyon Trestles takes you over 18 trestles and through two tunnels and through one of the most scenic parts of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR). Originally built at the turn of the last century, 12 of the trestles were demolished by the Okanagan Mountain fire and were rebuilt as close to the original as possible. Looking at the trestles, it is absolutely mind-blowing when you consider that the original trestles would have been built by hand.
The Kettle Valley Railway was an important part of the development of BC’s southern interior, so it was interesting to learn more about the history of British Columbia.
The trail is quite long to do on foot, being 12km long from end to end (24km if you are considering the round-trip length). We chose to do as much as we could on foot with the girls and made it past the first few trestles before we ran out of time and had to turn around as it was starting to get dark. Make sure you leave a good portion of, if not the entire day, to explore — we wish we would have!
It was a relaxing hike, rich in history. We loved reading all the boards along the way, learning about what the area used to be like.
We enjoyed the stunning views of the beautiful scenery from the restored train trestles all the way along the path. Everywhere we turned we were greeted by a pretty distant view, or just the beauty of mother nature. It was an enjoyable, peaceful walk.
Travel tip: To get to the trestles, you have to drive up the mountain through several kilometers of unpaved gravel road to get to the parking lot. There wasn’t really any signage, so you’re left wondering where the heck you are, but keep driving. You’ll eventually reach the parking lot. If you enter the parking lot and keep driving through another kilometre or so, you’ll reach a parking lot at the entrance.
The Myra Canyon portion of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is high in elevation and really gives some beautiful valley views, but this also means your walk or bike ride can be a little cool. It was a hot day when we went and it was a nice little escape from the extra heat. Bring a light sweater if you think you may need it.
The hike was a great way to get outside, get some exercise and fresh air and enjoy a unique Okanagan experience.
Have you ever visited the Myra Canyon Trestles? What tips do you have?