We have another incredible bike trip planned for August … this time through the spectacular Myra Canyon in Kelowna, BC to Penticton, BC. CK, myself and possibly a third are traveling on August 12th to Vancouver Island and will be biking the Myra Canyon on August 13th. The hotel is booked, transport is booked and now working on getting the butt ready for 80km. I am looking forward to crossing this one off my bucket list.
KM 2.2 – Trestle 18, this is the first railway bridge you will cross on the route. Myra Canyon, the first 11km of the event features 18 bridges and trestles and two tunnels. Original construction took place between 1912-1914.
KM 2.9 – Trestle 11, this bridge is the high point of the ride, the ride is pancake flat from the start to Chute Lake (36.2 km) the noticeable 2.2% descent begins all the way to Penticton.
KM 6.2 – West Fork Canyon Bridge The timber trestle came dangerously close to being blown up in 1923. Several boxcars derailed on the old trestle in July of that year plunging down onto the canyon floor, smashing into pieces. After the crash, work crews discovered that one of the cars contained eight cases of dynamite.
KM 36 Chute Lake Lodge – Chute Lake Resort features rustic cabins and rustic lodge rooms. Behind the lodge there is the “autique museum”, collection of farm, railway and assorted memorabilia.
KM 48 – Adra Tunnel bypass
KM 60 – Glenfir Loop According to 1927 railway regulations, trains had to stop at Glenfor for 10 minutes to cool their brakes before proceeding to Penticton.
KM 64 – Little Tunnel Here is one of the most stunning views of the day. Actually, two views here, one from the north side of the tunnel and the other from the south side.
KM 67 – Arawana Station
KM 70 – Penticton City Limits
KM 73.2 – Poplar Grove Station – Use caution when crossing Naramata Road.
KM 74.4 – McCulloch Trestle This bridge was completed in March 2002 and named for the Kettle Valley Railway’s chief engineer, the man whose vision, professional aptitude and hard work built this incredible railroad. Andrew McCulloch.
KM 80 – Penticton, BC