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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:
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About the Route:
The Trans Canada Trail in the Summerland area lies almost entirely on the Kettle Valley Railway lies almost entirely on the Kettle Valley Railway; there is a short stretch along public roads between the Fenwick trail head (west) and the Trout Creek Trestle (west) but signs are provided. The trail conditions are often better in the Summerland vicinity than other areas of the KVR due to less concentrated motorized traffic that can be found elsewhere - for example in the Princeton area.
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. The trail can be particularly bad in the Demuth-Kirton area (14-20 km west of Faulder) as trail maintenance has not yet taken place and motorized use has taken its toll; 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.
When approaching Summerland from the west, the KVR is still an active railway - watching the steam locomotive chug along the tracks is a popular attraction in the region - so the trail leaves the railway, following an excellent gravel path. This combination is called "Rail with Trail" or RWT for short.
The trail ends within Summerland but the route is quite easy to follow, traveling through vineyards and orchards. Be sure to drop in to the local farms for some delicious, fresh fruit - a specialty of the Okanagan!
The trail from Trout Creek south to Penticton has been rerouted to utilize public roadways instead of the KVR. The KVR land is currently being transfered to the local First Nations band. The Trans Canada Trail route instead follows highway 97, but unofficially, the KVR is accessible and possible to follow all the way to Penticton. However, as no maintenance is being performed on this stretch during the land transfer process, the trail surface is likely to become more and more deteriorated. Once the KVR property has been transfered to the PIB, users will be trespassing; it could be said that anyone entering the area at this point already is trespassing.
Trail Highlights and Developments:
The Kettle Valley Railway is complete and operational from Osprey Lake to Summerland with no gaps or obstacles. However, the land between Summerland to Penticton is in the process of being transferred to the Penticton Indian Band from the government. The result of this transfer may affect the Trans Canada Trail routing, but we are hopeful that the future will be beneficial for both the PIB and trail users.
Highlights along the KVR between Osprey Lake and Summerland include:
- Improved trail surfaces in the Thursk Lake area towards Summerland
- Orchards and vineyards along the trail
- Tourist train still running along the KVR in Summerland
- Trout Creek Bridge (72m above the creek)
About the Gaps:
The route between Trout Creek and Penticton technically connected by public roadways, though there is still plenty of interest in moving the route to the KVR rail grade. The KVR route is in the process of being returned to the Penticton Indian Band. To get involved, contact the TCT Society of Summerland (contact info below)
- Rec Sites and Trails BC (department of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) (portions of rail trail and forestry roads). Trail users are encouraged to call 1-844-676-8477 if you want to report an infraction on any section of the trail.
- District of Summerland, Parks Department (portions of non-rail trail and municipal roadways within District of Summerland)
Trail Stewards and Volunteers:
- Vermillion Trails Society (alternative: Facebook page) stewards the KVR trail between Brookmere and 1.5 km east of Osprey Lake.
- Summerland Trans Canada Trail Society stewards from 1.5 km east of Osprey Lake to the city of Penticton limits. NOTE: As of December 2016, the Summerland TCT Society has merged with The Trail of the Okanagans. Summerland TCT Society's stewardship responsibilities will be carried out by the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (Community Services - Regional Trails Department).