Posted by: cherylyoung | May 20, 2012

THE MYRA CANYON TRESTLE RESTORATION HAS BEOME A TOURIST DESTINGATION ACCESSIBLE FOR ALL AGES.

The world-famous Myra Canyon is located approximately

18 kilometres southeast of downtown Kelowna, British

 Columbia, Canada.

Pooley Creek winds through the upper canyon as it drains

 the Okanagan Highland section of the Thompson Plateau.

 Pooley Creek drains into KLO Creek which, in turn,

 empties into Mission Creek, a major water source for

 Okanagan Lake.

 The Natural Resources Canada 1:50,000 topographic

 map  – Kelowna 82 E/14 – is a good reference source for

detailed information.

Little White Mountain, at 2171 metres, is the high point

on this section of the plateau.

 The former Kettle Valley Railway skirts the north end of

the highland on the loop between the West Kettle River

 and the Okanagan Valley.

The rail grade through the canyon varies in elevation

 from 1258 metres east of Myra Station to 1244 metres

 near Ruth Station with the high point near Trestle # 12

of 1274 metres.

 See the Myra Canyon Maps for the trestle layout.

A Brief History

The Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railway was

 built between 1912 and 1914.

It was part of a “Coast to Kootenay” railway line that

 linked Midway, in British Columbia’s Boundary District,

with the Canadian Pacific Railway main line at Hope.

The railway carried freight and passengers through the

 Myra Canyon until passenger service ended in 1964 and

 the last scheduled train went through in 1973.

 See the Myra Canyon History for a  more information

 on the Kettle Valley Railway.

In June 1973 the Kettle Valley Railway section in the

 Myra Canyon, with its wood-frame trestles, tunnels,

rock cuts, and awe-inspiring mountainous terrain, was

 used by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)

as a location for filming a segment of Pierre Berton’s

 ”National Dream” television film on the construction

 of the CPR through the mountains of British Columbia.

The province purchased the rail corridor from Canadian

 Pacific Railway in 1990.

The Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society,

established in 1992, has been instrumental in leading

the restoration  and maintenance of the corridor

 and trestles.

 Hundreds of volunteers have worked to cover the open

 trestle ties and timbers with boardwalks and to install

 railings to make the route safe and accessible for all

ages and abilities.

 As a result, the trestles became a cornerstone of the

Provincial Rails to Trails network, a vital link along the

 Trans Canada Trail, as well as a significant tourism

 asset attracting as many as 50,000 visitors a year.

In January 2003, the Myra Canyon section (from Mile

 84.5 to Mile 90.5) of the Kettle Valley Railway was

designated a National Historic Site.

Wildfire DisasterAt 2 A.M. on Saturday morning,

August16,  2003, a bolt of lightning struck a tree near

Squally Point in

Okanagan Mountain Park.

An extremely dry summer and plenty of fuel, coupled

with highwinds, quickly spread the fire into the

 city of Kelowna.

 It destroyed over 200 homes before spreading up the

 mountainside to the former kettle Valley Railway

right-of-them way.

 

On September 3, the Okanagan Mountain Park wildfire

entered the Myra Canyon area and, despite heroic

efforts by firefighters, destroyed 12 wooden trestles and

damaged two steel trestles

Recovery PlansThe loss of the trestles and their

significant historic  and tourism values warranted

 immediate action.

As a result, the Myra Canyon Trestle Assessment

 SteeringCommittee was formed.

The Steering Committee members include the

Ministry of Competition, Science and Enterprise,

Ministry of Water, Land and Air Protection, Parks

 Canada, Western Economic Diversification, Myra

Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, Trails BC, Friends

of the South Slopes, PinnAcle Consulting, Regional

District of Central Okanagan and the Canadian

Pacific Railway.

The mandate of the Steering Committee is to assess

the damages to the trestles and develop options

for rebuilding

On October 17, 2003 BC Premier Gordon Campbell

announced the appointment of a task force to work with

communities, volunteers, the private sector and the

federal government to help develop a plan to rebuild

and restore the Myra Canyon trestles.

 The task force includes Senator Ross Fitzpatrick,

Minister of  Competition, Science and Enterprise Rick

Thorpe, Mayor of Kelowna Walter Gray and Ken

 Campbell, past-president of the Myra Canyon

Trestle Restoration  Society.

Trestle Reconstruction Underway Visit the

“Trails BC News & Events”page for more information.

Myra Canyon Bypass Trail Under Construction

Trails BC, with the valuable help of the Myra Canyon

Restoration Society, began searching for a viable route

around the destroyed trestles in September, 2003.

 After a couple of exploratory trips, a route was

identified that could use existing logging roads, the

South East Kelowna Irrigation District ditch road, and

 a steep trail through a fireguard.

 Visit the “Myra Canyon Map” page for more

information.

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