Good To Know Before You Go
- When biking the Rail Trails, 2.4 tires are recommended on a mountain bike, or 29″ on a cross-country bike.
- Be prepared for sandy areas in some places along the trails. Wear gloves and helmets when biking.
- You will encounter gates. Please close them. They keep livestock in and unauthorized motorized users out.
- Check with local Visitor Centres for information on trail conditions.
The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR) is an immersive experience weaving a historical path through the Boundary Country. Through the combination of aboriginal culture, railway history, and natural beauty, the KVR connects rural communities presents a variety of farm flavours, folklores, and local pastimes. From rugged mountain passes to tranquil river valleys, the KVR sweeps you across a vast and ever changing landscape.
Follow the Rail Trail
The KVR and the Columbia and Western Railway (C&W) meet at Midway and now form a 240 km (149 mi) section of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail).
The Great Trail follows the KVR from McCulloch downhill to Carmi and Beaverdell along the West Kettle River. As it nears Westbridge it meets the Kettle River, following the Kettle River to Midway. From Midway it climbs gradually to Greenwood on an easy gradient. Diverse landscapes merge with one another as you hike or bike along the trail. Tranquil river shores meet up with ancient grasslands, ranchlands, mountains and communities. At Midway, the KVR portion of the trail ends and the C&W begins. BC Rail Trails has great information on rail trails and where they weave in and out of Boundary Country.
There are several communities and campgrounds along the way. It is 15 km (9 mi) from Midway (km 0) to Greenwood. Eholt is at km 28 (17 mi), Grand Forks at km 49 (30 mi) and Christina Lake at the end of the trail. You’ll find campgrounds at Midway, Grand Forks, Christina Lake, and at the Kettle River Recreation Area, Boundary Creek, Arlington and McCulloch Recreation Areas. There are also private campgrounds at Greenwood, Rock Creek, Westbridge, Blythe Rhone Road and in Beaverdell.
Take a day trip or spend the night camping under the stars. The Great Trail, KVR, and C&W offer a myriad of experiences for explorers of all ages and agility. These trails are best experienced on 2.4 inch tires.
Connect with the Trails
The Trails to the Boundary Society has several ways for you to connect with them on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. Trails BC has a great website that will give you information on the historic trails in the Boundary area.