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Trans Canada Trail Legend:
|Trans Canada Trail Pavilion|
|Multi-Use Route (Cycling & Walking)|
|Hiking Only Route (No Cycling)|
|Equestrian Route (May Allow Cyclists/Walkers)|
|Temporary Bypass or Unofficial TCT Route|
|Trans Canada Trail Closed|
|Obstacle or Warning (click it for details)|
Alternate Route Legend:
|Alternate Route for Cyclists & Walkers|
|Alternate Route for Hiking|
|Alternate Route for Equestrians|
|Connection Point to the Trans Canada Trail|
Google Maps Legend:
|Map menu to access highlights, campsites, grocery stores, parking areas, toilets and more!|
|Click the grey star at the top of the map to favourite it in Google Maps, so you can pull it up later in your Google Maps app's "My Places".|
Disclaimer: This trail information is subject to changes. While reasonable effort has been made to ensure that the information on this site is correct, Trails BC makes no warranty about the accuracy of this information and accepts no liability for any inconvenience or any direct or consequential loss arising from reliance upon this information. Be sure to check our Latest Trail Closures before heading out and read our full disclaimer!.
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The files below include data for only this specific area. For all of our Trans Canada Trail data for the entire province (including features, campsites and alternate routes), download our BC.kmz master file (1.2 MB)
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About the Route:
The Trans Canada Trail within the Penticton area arrives downhill from Summerland and makes it way along the shore of Okanagan Lake before continuing north along the Kettle Valley Railway through Naramata and Rock Ovens park. This stretch of trail is probably the most popular portion of the KVR - everyone from joggers, hikers, bicycling wine tasters and hardcore mountain bikers can be found along the trail.
The climb from Naramata to Rock Ovens can often be hard, thirsty work so be sure to carry along refreshments. The Naramata Woodwackers often stock up a supply of drinking water bottles at the Ovens - bless their hearts!
Views along the trail continue to get better and better as one heads uphill, but Little Tunnel is exceptional; it's a great spot for photos and possibly even a picnic!
Important: You will almost certainly encounter motorized vehicles along the route, particularly ATVs and dirt bikes, which could be travelling at high speeds. Over the years, unregulated motorized use has degraded the trail surface along the Kettle Valley Railway, making many areas quite challenging for hikers and cyclists. Users should come prepared for sandy conditions. Please see our equipment recommendations on the Okanagan main page or even more detail on our "Equipment Tips" page of our Travel Tips.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
Your journey along the KVR in the Penticton area is a spectacular part of the Trans Canada Trail. Some highlights include:
- Great trail conditions from Penticton to Naramata
- Little Tunnel and views of Okanagan Lake
- Rock Ovens Regional Park
- Adra Tunnel (closed but under restoration)
- Chute Lake Resort
Although considered completely operational, three developments along the KVR will hopefully further enhance your trail experience:
- The land between Summerland to Penticton is in the process of being transferred to the Penticton Indian Band from the provincial government. The result may affect the trail, but we are hopeful that the result will be beneficial for both the PIB and trail users.
- The Adra Tunnel restoration is still underway, though a recent act of arson at the tunnel's mouth caused significant damage to the tunnel and destroyed virtually all of the original timber, raising the cost of the restoration. The Naramata Woodwackers continue to look for funding assistance. If restored, the tunnel would certainly be a major feature along the KVR.
- A new trail management plan for the Naramata-Chute Lake section of the KVR is in development which would separate motorized and non-motorized users along portions of the trail, while providing parking and staging facilities for motorized users. Trails BC believes that a management plan like this will create the first steps to creating a trail experience that is pleasurable for all users, fosters respect, and takes the first steps in providing a world class rail trail system across the province
Also note, local interest is growing for a paved, multi-use pathway along the shore of Okanagan Lake (beside Highway 97) which could be a fantastic recreational asset - and link with the Trans Canada Trail in the area.
About the Gaps:
The route between Trout Creek and Penticton is technically connected as a roadway route, but there continues to be interest in moving the route back onto the KVR. The KVR route is in the process of being returned to the Penticton Indian Band. To get involved, contact the Trail of the Okanagans (see contact info below)
- City of Penticton (within city limits)
- Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Community Services - Regional Trails Department) from Brookmere to Lebanon Lake (north of Chute Lake) for all sections of the KVR rail trail.
- Rec Sites and Trails BC (department of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) (Naramata to Chute Lake). Trail users are encouraged to call 1-844-676-8477 if you want to report an infraction on any section of the trail.
Trail Stewards and Volunteers:
- Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society technically only stewards in the Summerland area up until the city of Penticton limits, but they are certainly worthwhile contacting if you have questions for the Summerland-Penticton portion of the Trans Canada Trail. NOTE: As of December 2016, the Summerland TCT Society has merged with The Trail of the Okanagans. As of October 2017, no new stewardship agreement has been signed. Summerland TCT Society's stewardship responsibilities will be carried out by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Community Services - Regional Trails Department).
- Naramata Woodwackers (Naramata to Chute Lake)