We don’t want to admit it either, but summer is over. But that’s okay because fall is the perfect time to do all the things you didn’t do in the summer when it was too hot and muggy. One of the must-do things this fall is a train ride. The Kettle Valley Steam Railway in the Okanagan is the perfect one for fall and we'll tell you why.
Train rides aren’t just for kids and nerds, they are actually an amazing way to explore B.C. because you don’t have to worry about driving or directions. All you have to do is kick back and enjoy the ride.
Old-school trains are seriously adorable and will take your Instagram to the next level. One of the coolest trains in B.C. is actually located in the Summerland. Right in the heart of wine country, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway takes you on a guided tour amongst fields, forests, and bridges.
The best time to go is during the fall right when all the leaves are changing. So grab your friends or that cutie you’ve been crushing on, it’s time to explore.
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is a historic piece of B.C. Built from 1910-1915, the “Kootenay to Coast Connection” powered the fruit industry into world markets. Not to mention it was a great way for families to go on vacation.
Now, it is used as a tourist site. Much like the old sanitarium turned escape room in nearby Kamloops, this railway works on embracing the past and continuing history through storytelling.
Altogether, there are 10 miles of track to explore that covers vineyards, orchards, lakes, and even the Trout Creek Bridge that is 238 feet above the canyon floor.
The restored locomotive is gorgeous and they kept it looking just like the original.
The entire ride is 90 minutes so you don’t have to worry about spending all day there. When you’re done, hit up some of the surrounding wineries that you will inevitably drive by. You know you want to!
This train offers so much more than just a regular train ride. There are a ton of special events that also take place on the locomotive. According to their website, you can take part in special themed rides like a great train robbery or a murder on the rails.
During October, they even have a spooky train ride called “Halloween Terror Train.” This 60 minute ride looks as scary as it sounds and might be the perfect way to spend Halloween.
Event train rides vary in price and length. Regular scenic rides run on Saturdays, Sundays, and Mondays and will cost you $25. All tickets can be purchased online.
It’s time to all aboard! Your new fall activity awaits.
Kettle Valley Steam Railway
When: Every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday
Address: 18404 Bathville Rd, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z2
Why You Need To Go: This incredible scenic train route is the ultimate way to take in the crisp air and changing colours of fall.