Kettle Valley Railway / Trans Canada Trail (The Great Trail) in the Summerland Area: Osprey Lake to Trout Creek, 50 km

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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)
Paddling/Water Route
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

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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)

Trail Operator: 

Trail Stewards and Volunteers: 

Directions: Eastbound

In order to travel east along the Trans Canada Trail on the Kettle Valley Railway in the Summerland area, trail users will travel from Osprey Lake to Trout Creek Bridge, south of Summerland.

From Osprey Lake, the trail surface begins to improve over the next 42 km to the outskirts of Summerland, where trail users will leave the rail corridor - a tourist train is still active on the line within Summerland.

The trail reaches Fenwick Road, which combines with Fyffe Road, travelling downhill, crossing the tracks, and turning sharply to the right on Victoria Rd South, passing through orchards and vineyards. Victoria reaches Lewis - turn right - and in 200 metres, turn left onto Hillborn. Within 500 metres, you will reach Canyon View.

The KVR corridor between Summerland and Penticton is currently in the process of being returned to the Penticton Indian Band, and we are hopeful that it will one day become part of the KVR/TCT, but for the time being is not. The official route therefore follows Highway 97 south into Penticton. In order to reach the highway, continue downhill on Hillborn (now called Happy Valley) as it swings north. Turn right on Gartrell which continues to the highway, via either Arkell or Tait.

You may wish to note that although the KVR between Summerland and Penticton is not yet part of the TCT, it is certainly possible to travel along it for the time being. South on Canyon View, the road crosses the active railway - but a trail follows the railway heading east and turning south. The train stops at the deep canyon at Trout Creek, and the KVR continues (unpaved) downhill, 11 km south to Penticton.

Report a Trail Closure


Trail maintenance issues are the responsibility of the Trail Steward, which is either the trail owner or a group given authorization to perform maintenance work. Trails BC is a trail steward for a very limited number of trail segments on the Trans Canada Trail; unfortunately, if a major trail issue occurs along the Trans Canada Trail, there is often very little we can do about it - but we can try to pass on the information to the trail steward, if one exists.

Information such as a precise location (GPS waypoint), photo, as well as your contact information is extremely helpful to ensure the problem is accurately reported.

AGAIN, DO NOT USE THIS FORM TO SUBMIT NOTICES ABOUT TRAILS THAT ARE NOT PART OF THE TRANS CANADA TRAIL. We will simply delete the submission and it will not be posted or passed on to anyone. If you need to report a closure on such a trail, please determine the trail owner or operator and send a notice to them.

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