Hiking or biking the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a good way to travel through British Columbia’s wild spaces and learn about the province’s history. The original Kettle Valley Railway opened in 1915. Now, the decommissioned tracks are home to an extensive recreational trail that provides almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways from Hope to Castlegar.
You can experience the trail on your own or as part of an organized tour; rent a bike for the day or take a multi-day tour. If you’re looking for more than a hike or bike ride, tour operators will often pair cycling trips with brewery tours or wine tastings.
Most commonly used for cycling and hiking, certain sections also allow horseback riding, motorized vehicles, or snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in the winter. You can even take a train ride on one section.
You can access the trail throughout the entire network from established parking areas. Pick a section to explore or ride the whole distance.