From the Wild West to the Great Canadian North, railroads are the centerpieces of legends and the records of some momentous chapters in history. In Summerland, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway brings legends to life and history to the present as it invites you to hop aboard a 1912 steam locomotive for a journey through the picturesque Okanagan countryside.
10 km of the century-old and nearly forgotten Kettle Valley Railway provides track for the magnificently restored “No. 3716” locomotive, winding through a sublime landscape of orchards, vineyard and rolling hills. Every detail of the awe-inspiring steam-powered machine is meticulously maintained by a devoted crew who operate it not for profit, but for the love of this essential piece of our heritage.
The 90-minute journey begins at the Prairie Valley Station, 6 km west of Highway 97 in Summerland. Travelling through the Prairie Valley, passengers are regaled with historical narration, live music and fun games for kids. Crossing Trout Creek Bridge—once ranked among the highest in North America— offers passengers a breathtaking view of Okanagan Lake and the canyon below.
Regular departures operate during the spring and summer and special departures take place throughout the year. The upcoming Easter Train on Saturday, March 30 will mark the first departure of 2013. A hit with kids, this ride features live music and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny who will be hopping through the coaches, greeting passengers and handing out treats to the kids.
For an even more vivid and fun glimpse into a bygone era, you can take a trip on the Great Train Robbery tour, which operates weekly during the summer. This immersive historical experience combines a locomotive ride with a lighthearted reenactment of an old-fashioned railroad stick-up by the Garnett Valley Gang performers. Once it’s all over, you’ll be treated to a BBQ buffet fit for a king. And, of course, any cash that you hand over to the bandits will be donated to charity!
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is just a 15-minute drive from our Summerland Waterfront Resort Hotel and Spa, making it a hugely popular attraction with our guests and one that we hope you will enjoy as much as we have.