• Melanie Adair

Myra Canyon Hike-Winter Hiking

Updated: Apr 14, 2021

Quick Glance

Trail Route: Myra Canyon Parking Lot to Ruth Station Parking Lot

Distance: 24km round-trip

Difficulty: Moderate

What to bring: water and snacks, microspikes, and layers

Other information: Start at Myra Canyon Parking Lot if you want to do shorter distances but see a few trestles and tunnels

British Columbia, hiking, winter hiking, Myra canyon, trestles, scenery, railway

Myra Canyon Trail is located just outside Kelowna (type Myra Station Parking Lot into Google Maps), with stunning views from start to finish. It is the old Kettle Valley Rail that has been rebuilt as a multi-use recreational trail. There are 18 trestles and 2 tunnels in the 12 km stretch from Myra Station Parking Lot to Ruth Station Parking Lot (24km return). Since it used to be an old railway, it is a very wide, flat path that makes it perfect for everyone to use.

Many of the trestles and tunnels are located next to each other


Getting to the parking lot requires an 8km drive up a logging road. Coming from Saskatchewan, this is probably one of the nicest gravel roads I have seen in a long time! There are some washboard areas but getting to the trail in a car, will be no problem (might be different when there's a lot of snow).

Park Map


Located in the parking lot are 2 outhouses. Make sure to use them as the next ones aren't for another 3 km or so. Once you enter the trailhead, you will see km 0. They have put up a post for each km.

British Columbia, hiking, winter hiking, Myra canyon, trestles, scenery, railway

Each km is stated on a post


From the Myra Parking lot, you only need to go to km 3 to enjoy a few trestles along with the tunnels. This is great if you have kids, new to hiking, or want to get a quick hike in.

Be careful not to venture off too far from the path to get those shots


Km 6 is where it’s at! Get your camera ready for the next 1 km because the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! There are about 5 trestles in a row and as you curve around the bend, you look back onto them. I would recommend walking to km 7 and turning around if you’re not interested in doing the entire hike.

British Columbia, hiking, winter hiking, Myra canyon, trestles, scenery, railway

View of the trestles


From km 7 to km 12, there a few more trestles but the route takes you along the trees.

British Columbia, hiking, winter hiking, Myra canyon, trestles, scenery, railway

Tree forest from km 7-12


There are 2 storm shelters, around km 3 and 7 if you do need to use them, along with 2 outhouses along the trail. A fire devastated the area in 2003 and you can still see the remains of it. We will definitely be coming back to do this hike in the summer!


British Columbia, hiking, winter hiking, Myra canyon, trestles, scenery, railway

Storm Shelter

Damage from the fire


Happy Exploring!


*Even though this is a flat hike, it is long and the time exposed to the elements can add up. Always be prepared when hiking (food, water, layers) regardless of the trail length or time.*




14 views