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Welcome to the 2016 Kettle Valley Express on-line edition

It is with great appreciation to all our advertisers, contributors and supporters that we present the 2016 edition, #4, of the Kettle Valley Express. Our vision of working together with our neighbouring communities, businesses, organizations and government bodies to develop a publication for South Central BC has come full circle and we couldn’t have done it without all of you. From trail groups to government and tourism agencies, business owners to locals & visitors, your support and encouragement has been tantamount to the success of each issue. We work very hard each year to bring you informative stories, helpful information, maps and of course beautiful photos that showcase South Central BC.

Use this magazine and included Rail Trail Map, to create a travel plan that takes you through South Central BC., from the start of the KVRT in Hope at the world famous Othello Tunnels, to historic Myra Canyon, vacation paradise Christina Lake, Ainsworth Hot Springs on Kootenay Lake and all points in between.

We can only include a small fraction of the places to see and things to do in this magazine, so don’t forget check out our advertisers businesses and stop into the local Visitor Info Centres and museums to pick up detailed maps, brochures and information on their trails, events and amenities.

Happy Trails,
From the Kettle Valley Express team!

From the Publisher

“South Central BC, a beautiful place to be and see and our rail trails are the best way to do it!” – Kettle Valley Express

In 1987, the Coquihalla Highway was put through as a short cut across BC to Alberta and back, saving time and gas from the longer routes of the Trans Canada Hwy 1, though the Frazer Canyon and Crowsnest Highway 3, through the southern interior. The desire to “get there quickly” became number 1 and enjoying the scenery became secondary.

When this happened, the communities in South Central BC along Hwy 3, lost traffic and economy driving thru their towns, but did not lose any of their friendly charm, beauty and appeal. When you travel the area, you are likely to feel like you are consumed by an overwhelming feeling of being back home. The fast pace of getting somewhere is replaced with a relaxed, easy one that has you finding your self lost in our authentic experience. Traveling highways 3, 33, 97 and the Kettle Valley and other rail trails, will connect you to and take you through these mountain passes, wide open sunny valleys, awesome panoramic views and friendly welcoming communities.

South Central BC has its extensive rail trails that link many of the communities and are accessed using connections along the highways and in those communities. These rail trails have quite a history, starting out as trails, such as the Dewdney that brought the discovery of copper to bring in the rails. Now, after decommissioning they are being refitted back as quality recreational trails. The BC government along with the Trans Canada Trail Foundation and others, have purchased more than 2,000km of rail corridors for recreational use, most of which are in South Central BC.

Quoting from 2013 article from John Hawkings, Manager, Trails, Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, “Rail trails represent an extraordinary recreation opportunity for BC and have the potential to contribute significantly to the local economies of rural communities along the trail network. Worldwide, there are tens of thousands of developed rail trails. In the US, there are more than 32,000km of rail trails, many of which support thriving small businesses such as bike rentals, shuttle services, accommodations, and other service providers.” This years 2014 BC Rail Trail Update, is an update from last years issue, letting us know about some of the work that has been done to up keep and make our trails even more accessable to enjoy for all.

Whether you are coming from the west or east, you will never want to travel a different route once you’ve made the turn down Crowsnest Highway 3 and paid us a visit. Use this guide and the stories inside as a planner for your next vacation. Use our detailed pull out map in the centre to mark out your trip and identify those exciting and historical adventure trail routes.

This year again, changes to the map were done for easier viewing to better illustrate the extent of the rail trails and communities here. No matter which direction you come from, we invite you down Crowsnest Hwy 3 to experience the awesome beauty, welcoming atmosphere and well kept secret that may make South Central BC your new home.

Thank you and enjoy,
Brian McAndrew, Publisher

Brian McAndrew
Concept, Layout, Design, & Production
President Vicom Design Inc. brian@vicomdesign.com
Lisa Cartwright
Advertising Sales Manager


Christina Gateway Community Development Association, Ciel Sander, Regional District Okanagan Similkameen Penticton Tourism, Ainsworth Hotsprings, Destination Osoyoos, Giro Okanagan, Route 3B Rossland Trail & Area, Discover Naramata, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Tourism Hope, Chris Moslin, Slocan City.


Ciel Sander, Sarah Wyatt, Travis Reid, Steve Young, Bud Alcock, Deb Linton, Rosie Gartner, Renna Hoolsema, John Hibberson, Chris Moslin, – G.F. Comunity Trails Society, Craig Lawrence – Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society, Mike Hill – Hoodoo Adventures, Gord Hotchkiss – Giro Okanagan, Ed Kruger – Monashee Mountain Adventures, Brian Fletcher – Chain Reaction Ride and Slide, Josh Strzelec- Wildways Adveture Sports, Ainsworth Hotsprings, Cody Caves Hope: Riley Forman, Princeton: Kelly Cook, Darren Robinson, City of Castlegar, Route 3B Rossland Trail & Area: Tourism Rossland/Ryan Flett, Tourism Rossland/ Shelley Peachell, Red Mountain Resort/ Francoise Marseille, Tourism Rossland/ Dave Heath, Brian Findlow. Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism: Stand Up paddling as background: RPM Photography NKLT – Logger Sports: David Gluns NKLT – Blue Night Photo – Adrian Wagner, NKLT.

This 2016 Kettle Valley Express Adventure Travel Guide is published by Vicom Design Inc. All contents copyright 2016 by Vicom Design Inc.. Vicom Design Inc. assumes no responsibility for any claims or misrepresentations contained in this magazine or in any submission or advertisement. No portion of this magazine or included map, may be reproduced without the written consent of Vicom Design Inc.
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