Okanagan Rail Trail

Kelowna TO Vernon, BC

Boasting 50 km of trails and offering scenic lake views, the Okanagan Lake Trail offers a truly unique experience.

Whether your journey takes you along the beautiful shores of Kalamalka or Wood Lake in the northern section, or the vibrant urban sections in Kelowna, the Okanagan Rail Trail is an experience to be savoured.

From the blue waters of Kalamalka Lake to the cliffs, forests and ponds, the rail trail will get you closer to nature than you ever thought possible.  Even within the city, you can watch for Merlins, Buffleheads, and other birdlife at Carney Pond in Kelowna.

Interpretive Sites
Along the Okanagan Rail Trail are special places for discovery and learning. Three developed interpretive sites were generously funded by the Edna, Stella and Harry Weatherill Foundation: Kalamalka Lake (Km 4), Ribbleworth Falls (Km 23) and Carney Pond (Km 40). Each of these sites have interpretive signs, and additional material is found on this page for anyone who wants to learn more.

Within the District of Lake Country, you can also find Heritage Markers developed by the Lake Country Museum and Archives that take you back in time with stories of cultural history.


Rail History
The CN Rail line was constructed in 1925 to bring the produce and lumber of the Okanagan Valley to markets across the country. Operated by Kelowna Pacific Railway the line served the communities of Campbell Creek, Kamloops, Vernon, Coldstream, Lake Country, Okanagan Indian Band and Kelowna.

Challenged with high costs and low revenues, Kelowna Pacific Railway entered receivership and ceased rail service in July 2013. In September 2013 CN Rail began the formal process of discontinuing the rail line running from Lumby Junction in Coldstream to Kelowna.

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