Myra Canyon site of TCT Challenge 2008

February 19, 2008 | 3 comments

Trans Canada Trail Challenge 2008

Myra Station to Penticton Trans Canada Trail Pavilion

An 80-km section of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Sunday, July 6

The following is an invitation to you and members of your group to participate in this year’s Trans Canada Trail Challenge event.

Trails BC, the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, the Naramata Woodwackers, and the Summerland TCT Society along with regional communities/jurisdictions are pleased to offer its 8th Trans Canada Trail Challenge. This year it will be held in conjunction with the re-opening of the Myra Canyon and the Penticton Centennial. Participants will be able to discover and explore up to 80 km of the Trans Canada Trail on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.

You can choose to cycle, walk, run, or ride your horse in this non-competitive and personally challenging event. Cyclists can choose to ride the full 80 km while walkers along with cyclists and runners can choose to do shorter sections that include the spectacular Myra Canyon with all its re-constructed trestles. In the Myra Canyon alone there are 18 trestles and two tunnels. Equestrians will be able to combine a ride with a walk or cycle in the Myra Canyon.

If you haven’t already done so, go to our website for more details and to register either online or by regular mail. For information about the Myra canyon and its location, please visit the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society.

We expect that this will be a very popular event and registrations are limited. Register early to avoid disappointment.

Questions or comments can be directed to:

Contact: Léon Lebrun
Phone: 604-942-6768


  • Could you please describe the degree of difficulty? Thanks, Nancy

    Nancy Gullett  |  April 28th, 2008 at 5:34 pm

  • Below are extracts from the Trail Conditions section of the 2008 TCT Challenge information sheet. For more specific information, please contact Larri Woodrow at 604-888-2743 or Léon Lebrun at 604-942-6768. The new British Columbia Trans Canada Trail guidebook by Bruce Obee will give you kilometre-by-kilometre detail on all TC Trails across the province.

    Trail Conditions:
    Participants on the TCT Challenge 80 km bike trek from Myra to Penticton should note that the first 13 km of trail are well-packed, through the Myra Canyon to Ruth. The next 62 km of trail is hard-packed gravel but cyclists should be advised that there are frequent potholes, sections of washboard-rutted surface, sand patches, and some portions of loose gravel. The final 5 km into Pentiction is smooth, hard-packed gravel.

    Grade, Elevation and Heat
    The 80 km trek includes 37 km at level grade and 43 kim at a slight 2% descent. Please do not assume that because there is no uphill cycling that this route would be comparable to cycling 80 km on a paved road. The distance is challenging due to the trail surface, as noted above.
    Be aware of the elevation and plan accordingly. At 4,000 feet the sun can be very intense on an Okanagan summer day. If raining, the temperature could plummet. Dress in layers, bring rain gear and at least 4 litres of water. Check your bike well in advance of July 6th and ensure it is in good repair.

    Parents may wish to choose one of the three shorter courses described on the registration form. If you are planning to put toddlers in a trailer behind an adult bike, please ensure that your child wears a helmet, is accustomed to a day-long trip, and is cushioned from being jostled against the trailer’s metal framing.

    Please visit the Trails BC site to register. Spaces are filling up fast so don’t delay!

    Ringer  |  May 7th, 2008 at 4:09 pm

  • Response from Léon Lebrun, Trails BC Vice-President

    The official opening of the Myra Canyon will be on the June 21st weekend. Obviously the canyon will likely be open a bit before that but we cannot guarantee a date because there will be surfacing work required before the opening and there will be closures because of that. Snow on the grade at this location will probably remain until the end of April; we can expect that the work will be done in May.

    Ringer  |  May 8th, 2008 at 10:27 am

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