| The Kettle
River Recreation Area straddles the Kettle River between the Okanagan
Plateau and Monashee Mountains, and brings to mind one of Canada's
most historic and scenic railway routes. The Kettle Valley Railway
discontinued service between Beaverdell and Penticton in 1973, and
the track was removed between Midway and Penticton in 1979-80, but
the abandoned right-of-way runs through this recreational area, including
a sturdy iron bridge spanning the Kettle River, and is an excellent
Remains of gold
and silver mines that once brought thousands of people to this now
peaceful area can be seen on the river's eastern bank. If exploring
this area, keep a sharp eye out for old mine shafts and adits, horizontal
entrances or passages. Wondering about the name? A kettle
is a peculiar geological formation left over from the most recent
ice age. These steep-sided depressions, also known as potholes,
mark the ground where ice boulders were once trapped between rocks.
The river is
well suited to canoeing and inner-tubing, but potential hazards
do exist, so be sure to do some preliminary scouting. In winter,
cross-country skiing and snowshoeing are favourite pastimes.
You can walk
or hike as much or as little on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail,
as you feel inclined to tackle. Stamina, more than conditioning,
will determine if you complete the 24 km round trip between the
trailheads. As the trail follows an abandoned railbed, the grade
is moderate. Bikers, hikers, and horseback riders can pick up the
trail at Grand Forks, Greenwood, or Midway
(all along Hwy 3) or at Rock Creek, Westbridge, or
Beaverdell (all along Hwy 33).
a lovingly restored section of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail offers
bikers great views - there are no steep climbs or hairball singletracks,
just some fun, casual riding. What makes the Myra Canyon section
special are the 18 trestles and two tunnels you'll pass over and
through. Exercise caution when riding across the trestles. The Myra
Canyon section is part of the historic route between Midway and
Open May through
September the park features 87 vehicle/tent campsites, including
some group sites. The sites are located at a bend on the west bank
of the Kettle River nestled in an area of Ponderosa pine and birchgrass.
Facilities provided include pit toilets, picnic tables, fire pits,
firewood, water and a sani-station. Recreational facilities include
a children’s playground and some horseshoe pits. Fees are collected
from May 1 - Sept 21 and campers who are self-sufficient and user
maintained may stay in the campground until late October. After
October, the campground is gated.
The Kettle River
Recreation Area is located 6.5 km north of Rock Creek on Highway
33 in the Boundary Country region of British Columbia.