Less than 20 km southeast from Kelowna lays the Myra Canyon, a part of the Kettle Valley Railway railway originally built in 1916. The 12 km long Myra Canyon section has been restored after 2003 wildfire, which consumed not only homes, forest and parklands, but also 12 of 16 historic wooden trestles. In 2008 the trestles were officially reopened and designated a national heritage site.
The Myra Canyon is famous for its breathtaking landscape, 18 trestles and two tunnels you’ll pass over and through, and it’s been considered as the most beautiful section of Trans Canada trail. It’s walkable, bikable and dog friendly, with no steep climbs.
The Myra section of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) was built between 1912 and 1914, as a part of “Coast to Kootenay Railway. The trains, carrying both freight and passengers, ran through the Kettle Valley until 197.
Andrew McCulloch, KVR Chief Engineer built a railway through the Myra Canyon by literately ‘hanging’ the supporting constructions around the rim of the canyon, several thousand feet above the canyon floor. On the whole length through the Myra canyon only two tunnels and three deep cuts through the rocks were required.
In recognition of this outstanding railway engineering achievement, McCulloch assistants nicknamed the Kettle Valley “McCulloch's Wonder.”