Welcome to the 2017 Kettle Valley Express

The Kettle Valley Express is your complete guide to Rail Trails in South Central British Columbia! This guide explores the Kettle Valley Railway, Columbia and Western Railway, and Highway #3 through the Okanagan, Boundary Country, and West Kootenay regions. Use the navigation menu near the top of the page to find your region or activity of interest in the guide, then browse our business listing and view maps under the resource tab.

Don’t miss your opportunity to be in the only magazine dedicated to your experience on BC’s Rail Trails. Includes the only official BC Rail Trail map with every issue. 50,000 print run with extensive distribution in BC, Alberta and Northern U.S. states of Washington, Idaho and Montana

January 15 Deadline Approaching
January 15 Deadline Approaching
Win 2 Nights for 2
We had so much fun with our “book by August 31st early draw” won by Kettle River Vinters, that we wanted to do it again and are offering 2 NIGHTS for 2 at the luxurious Kaslo Hotel. Congratulations to Thistle Pot Gifts, in Grand Forks for winning the 2 Nights for 2 at the Kaslo Hotel.


Kettle Valley Express 2017 Front Cover
Kettle Valley Express 2017 Front Cover

It is with great appreciation to all our advertisers, contributors and supporters that we present the 2017 edition, #5, of the Kettle Valley Express. Our vision of working together with our neighboring 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.

We have been working closely this year with Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association, Kootenay Rockies Tourism and Destination BC, adding 16 pages and a whole newly designed larger map with more trail information you want and need.

The previous issue, 2016 #4, garnered a Silver Win at the prestigious Summit Marketing Effectiveness Awards.  1,100 entries from 12 countries, competing against $30 million annual budget companies. The win was for more than just good design. The goal of marketing communictions is to change, influence or reinforce an audience’s knowledge, attitudes or beliefs and The Kettle Valley Express is doing just that.

Use this magazine and included Rail Trail Map to create a travel plan that takes you through South Central BC. Start in Hope at the world famous Othello Tunnels, to historic Myra Canyon, Mile Zero Midway, Christina Lake, Ainsworth Hot Springs on Kootenay Lake and all points in between. Ride the scenic Koot-Route thru the Slocan Valley and along Kootenay Lake.

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

Happy Trails, -the Kettle Valley Express team

Brian McAndrew Kettle Valley Express
Thank you and enjoy,
Brian McAndrew, Publisher

We would like to thank all of the businesses and people, who believed in our vision enough, to invest their advertising dollars, photo, stories and enthusiasm, so we could bring it to life. Thank you to Cody Zorn (Code’s CAD) for designing the inside front cover for this issue!


Princeton City, Penticton City,  Aboriginal Tourism BC,  NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre, Tompson Okanagan Tourism, Route 3B Rossland Trail & Area, Columbia & Western Trail Society, Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society.


Ciel Sander, Sandra McAndrew, Lisa Cartwright, Renna Hoolsema, Princeton: Treena McLeod, Three Nations: Abouriginal Tourism British Columbia, Alan Jones, Four Food Chiefs: Alan Jones, Grand Forks Gallery 2, City of Grand Forks, Destination Castlegar, Route 3B Rossland Trail & Area: Ryan Flett/Lower Columbia Tourism & Dave Heath/Tourism Rossland, Lance Harrison, Slocan Valley Rail Trail Society.

This 2017 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., vicomdesign.com, and or contributing writers and photographers.

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