An engineering marvel not to be missed is only 18 km from the city of Kelowna. I’m referring to the Myra Canyon trestles. Built between 1910 and 1915 the trestles are part of the legendary Kettle Valley Railroad.
In Aug 2003 a bolt of lightning hit the ground at Squally Point on Okanagan Lake and a fire swiftly spread up the hill and then raged out of control, first burning over 200 homes in Kelowna, then on into Okanagan Mountain Park. By the time the fire was extinguished several weeks later 12 trestles were destroyed and 2 were damaged. History gone up in smoke.
|Evidence of the fire still apparent|
|One of the tunnels along the way|
Along the way we drove past the posh Gallagher’s Canyon Golf course then made our way into what felt like ever-increasing wilderness. The car bumped and jounced along the dirt washboard road and at one point a gorgeous, healthy looking black bear bounded onto the road, skidded to a stop, took a good look at us then hot footed it back into the bush. Now we really felt like we were on a mini wilderness adventure!
|Looking down towards Kelowna|
|Track Bed for walking and cycling|
|Typical Okanagan mountain view|