Start point was off Highway 97 south side of Penticton, British Columbia. Biking time round trip- 5 to 5.5 hrs allowing for stops. Round trip roughly 27.4 KM (17 miles), elevation gain-117M (383 feet). Best time is usually May to October.
Directions: In Penticton drive south to highway 97 where a bridge crosses over the Channel Parkway. Heading west just after the bridge turn right into a parking area by the west side of the Channel Parkway. Head north on the paved path beside the Channel Parkway for about 3.5KM (2.2 miles). Here there is a gate on the west side of the path. There is an opening beside the gate and a trail heading west. This trail will link up with the KVR rail bed and heads north to Trout Creek on the outskirts of Summerland. The KVR rail bed also heads south towards Highway 97 but it ended in a residential area shortly after a creek. Heading north the rail bed does a slow climb towards Summerland and the sand can be soft in spots. The KVR runs along the east side of Mt Nkwala and crosses Trout Creek on a long bridge. At the end of the bridge is a stopping point for the KVR Steam Train ride. The bike ride coming back is much easier. There are many scenic points along the way. The photos below show the route.
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Kettle Valley Railway Penticton to Summerland, 2011/05