The Kettle Valley Railway
Trail Rises from its own Ashes
In May, 2003
Linda and I spent 4 days cycling 220 km of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail
from Midway to Penticton, British Columbia. The trestles and tunnels of Myra Canyon,
the larch forests, and the joy of cycling in a car-free environment created
an idyllic holiday.
Tragically, 3 months after our trip, many of the trees and most of the
trestles were destroyed by forest fires, so some of the sights shown
in these pictures will not be seen again.
Okanagan Mountain Park Fire from August to September 2003 resulted
in 12 of the 18 trestles on the Myra Canyon section of the route being
burned down. Additionally, the bridge decks of two of the metal trestles
were destroyed in the fire.
Soon after the 2003 forest fire, the B.C provincial government
announced that it was rebuilding the damaged trestles. As a result of
this support and a huge volunteer effort, public access to Myra Canyon
on a bicycle is again available.