British Columbia

Welcome. Here you’ll find information and maps to guide you through some of the province’s most stunning landscapes as you explore BC’s Trans Canada Trail.

William R. Bennett Bridge in Kelowna

Kelowna BC

In September 2003, wildfires swept through the Myra-Bellevue Protected Area near Kelowna, destroying 12 wooden trestles and damaging 2 steel trestles along the Myra Canyon route. As a result, the 12-kilometer Myra Canyon section is closed at this time to all trail users.

The loss of the trestles and their significant historic and tourism values warranted immediate action. Last fall, the provincial, federal and local governments, along with community groups, formed a team to assess the damage and develop options for rebuilding them.

Thanks to the generosity of our community and others across the country, $1,402,000 was collected and distributed to those impacted by the fire. In April 2004 the Recovery Centre was closed.

Day Trip – Traverse the Myra Canyon

(24 km return trip)

Myra Canyon in Kelowna BC

Rebuilt rail bridge over Myra Canyon in Kelowna BC

Trail Condition and Grade: generally flat grades with hard packed surface and some loose gravel sections.

There are two starting points and parking areas to begin your trip through the Myra Canyon; the Myra Forest Service Road and the Little White Forest Service Road.

To reach the Myra parking area from downtown Kelowna, follow Pandosy Avenue south from Highway 97, turn east on to KLO road, then south and east on McCulloch Road, then south on the Myra Forest Service Road (a rough, unpaved road) and look for signage for parking where the Myra Forest Service Road intersects the railgrade. There are washroom facilities at the parking lot.

Bring your own water as it is not available on the trail and this area tends to experience very hot, dry summers.

Your trip will take you over 18 trestles and through two tunnels along the historic Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) as you wind your way up through the Myra Cannon. Turn around at the Little White Forest Service Road parking lot and return to Kelowna.

For a longer day ride (20 km one way/40 km return), continue past the Little White Forest Service Road parking lot southwards to the Bellevue Creek Trestle, the longest trestle on the Kettle Valley Railway at 700 feet in length. Return via the Myra Forest Service Road to Kelowna.

Another option would be to return via the Little White Forest Service Road for a shorter trip back to Kelowna.

Little White Forest Service Road East Through Myra Canyon

(12km one way)

Elevated tressle over Myra Canyon

Elevated trestle over Myra Canyon

From downtown Kelowna, follow Pandosy Avenue, turn east on to KLO road, along McCulloch and June Springs Road which turns into Little White Forest Service Road (rough, unpaved road — drive with caution). Look for signage for parking.

Cycle east through the Myra Canyon to the Myra Forest Service Road. Turn around at the parking lot and return to Kelowna via Little White Forest Service Road, or use the Myra Forest Service Road to return to Kelowna.

The BC Parks Website has a page devoted to Little White Trail and Myra Park:

Overnight trip – Kelowna to Penticton

(73 km one way/146 km return)

Myra Canyon in Kelowna BC

From Kelowna, access the trail from the Myra Forest Service Road, cycle through the Myra Canyon, past Little White Forest Service Road, across the Bellevue Creek Trestle and on to Chute Lake (some accommodations available at Chute Lake Lodge). Continue on through the bypass at Adra Tunnel. The curving Adra Tunnel, at almost 500 meters long, is the longest tunnel on the KVR. Located on a switchback in the grade, the tunnel has been closed off to public access, as the roof has collapsed in several places and there is often fairly deep standing water in places. Unfortunately, the tunnel has been also subjected to some vandalism, with some fire damage resulting to some of the interior cribbing and wooden supports. There is a short bypass trail here (watch for the signs) that cuts off the loop and rejoins the railgrade.

Continue on past the Rock Ovens Regional Park and Little Tunnel into Naramata and wine country (see Tourist Information Guide).

Myra Canyon Trail in Kelowna BC

A trail user stands in the mouth of a tunnel on the Myra Canyon Trail in Kelowna BC

As you continue south and approach the northeast end of Penticton, be prepared to head off the trail and on to Naramata Road to bring you into the city. The City of Penticton is currently reconstructing 5 km of the trail through this section.

Stay overnight in Penticton and return to Kelowna the next day.

Please note that the return trip to Kelowna will be uphill all the way from Penticton to the Chute Lake area.

This is one of the longest steady uphill grades on the entire system, and late spring/summer travelers will experience extremely hot and dry conditions with little or no water available along the trail.

Trail users MUST be prepared for potentially long periods of sun exposure, and must bring sufficient water supplies. In addition, some of the trail surface in this area may be loose gravel, making a long uphill trip seem even longer.

Community Information