Myra Canyon is a popular destination for residents and tourists visiting Kelowna. Myra Canyon is a restored portion of the Kettle Valley Railway and features 18 trestles and two tunnels to explore on an approximately 24 km round trip bike ride (or hike for the super fit). The trail is wide, with enough space for cyclists to pass each other, or walkers, comfortably and has numerous benches alone the trail and view points on the trestles themselves.
Cyclists of all ages are able to cycle this scenic national historic site. There are two parking lot/entry points to this ride: Ruth Station and Myra Station. We have always chosen to start at Myra, and would recommend this to families with kid cyclists joining them, as well as to anyone who will be walking the trail. From Myra it's a short 1km ride to the first trestle and then after that several more and the two tunnels are easily reached. From Ruth you will have a longer walk/ride before you reach the first trestle.
Here are our tips for a successful family visit to Myra Canyon:
1. Go early - not only does the amount of people on the trails increase around 11am, but so does the temperature. Our most recent visit saw us depart the Myra Station just before 9 and we cycled almost all the way to Ruth seeing only a handful of people. By the time we got back to Myra (around 11:30) we were spending more time and energy avoiding walkers and other cyclists than we were enjoying the views.
2. Remember a long sleeved shirt (aka dress in layers), especially if you follow tip #1. It is cooler on the trail than down in Kelowna and a good portion of the trail is shaded so it can feel chilly when you head out.
3. Bring snacks and water. Stay hydrated and fuelled up on your ride. There are no services at the trail heads so don't expect be able to buy anything up there.
4. Use the washroom before you leave. There are no services up at Myra so that means outhouses
5. Remember your repair kit. Extra tube, patch kit, and pump. We saw a blow out on our most recent trip. The cyclist was on a rental bike (available in the parking lot at Myra Station) and didn't have any of the gear to repair her tire. Fortunately they were close to the parking lot and another member of their group went to get the rental people to fix the tire.
6. Load up your gps with geocaches. There are a lot of caches along the trail and if you know geocaching you know that caches are often hidden in some pretty amazing spots. This is no exception, caches with a view all along the trail.
Look at this great view point! Trestle, Mountains, Tunnel, Geocache.
7. Review the rules of the road with your kids before you go. Make sure they know which side of the path to ride on. This knowledge is important especially on the trestles - stick to your side of the path and every thing will work out!
Trestles all have a narrow boardwalk to allow easy, but squeezy when passing, bike touring.
8. Don't forget your camera!
Find out more information at the Myra Canyon website.