Preparation

Wear whatever is comfortable. It is recommended to have a sturdy pair of broken-in trail shoes, boots, or sneakers. It is preferable to dress in layers and wear clothing that will wick away perspiration and keep you dry and comfortable

Not much, remember our trips are all inclusive. We do suggest you bring appropriate clothing to fit the season and a day pack to carry extra snacks and water.

We now have maps available for the KVR – designed and printed locally they are 100% KVR – with detail on how to get into places off the trail such as Beaverdell, Rock Creek and Naramata – these 11 x 17″ full colour maps are 2-sided – each with an overview of the KVR plus one section.  Midway to Beaverdell, Beaverdell to Myra Canyon, McCulloch to Chute including Myra Canyon and Chute Lake to Penticton comprise the Carmi Subdivision  – or the popular Midway to Penticton route.

Add the city of Penticton plus the Southern Spur Route to Oliver & Osoyoos for a set of 6.

Have them shipped to help you plan your route, or pick them up in Penticton – email us for information kettlevalleyrailtrail@gmail.com

or place an order online map order.

Much of the KVR is what we would call a “wilderness trail” so yes, you need to have a good awareness and be prepared to take precautionary measures.  Wildlife you may encounter includes cougars, coyotes, deer, moose, elk, wolves, bears, badgers, marmots, rattlesnakes as well as insects – mosquitos can be prolific from May to July and most importantly wasps in August and September when they can become aggressive. Be sure to take a good first aid kit with you including anti-histamines.  You may want to consider carrying bear spray, but making noise and staying together is your best way to avoid unwanted contact with wildlife.  This helps to let the animals know you are approaching and gives them time to move away.