This Page is dedicated to the week we spent on the Trans Canada Trail. The Trans Canada Trail runs across Canada and incorporates the Kettle Valley Railway portion of the Canadian Pacific Railroad. The Kettle Valley Railway was begun in the early 1900s to haul gold, silver, copper, and later fruit and passengers. The completion of a highway into the interior of British Columbia meant the beginning of the end for the KVR. Part of the KVR still operates at Summerland, where we camped on day 3 of our trip. What follows is our pictorial tribute to our week on the trail, the people we shared that week with both on the bike and off, and since they can't speak for themselves, the men who built and operated the KVR. Believe me these pictures don't do the Trail justice. You have to go there and ride the Railway to appreciate both the beauty of the place and the difficulty in building and operating the Railway.
Shown above is the map
of the KVR as broken into Stages run by Great Explorations www.great-explorations.com
. We rode Stage 2 which is shown in green. Stage 2 begins in Beaverdell
and runs west to Coalmont. Apparently our group was very lucky in that
our Tour ended in Coley Creek which made for six days of riding. Nowadays
Stage 2 of the Tour ends in Coalmont and if you go, maybe if you are lucky,
you will run into Burt Sharkey in the Coalmont Hotel Pub. More about
him later. Meantime here are three photos of the Beaverdell Hotel.
Also, here is a link to an account of the original group to ride the KVR,
Below is a close-up of the plaque next to the hotel sign.
Next to the hotel stands the village trading post. Due to our unusual summer we had only recently prior to the trip seen any hummingbirds. We got up early in the morning (B.C. is 2 hours behind Indiana in the summer). The morning was foggy and damp and about 32 degrees. A hummingbird flew past our heads on its way to feed on the flowers in the car shown below.
There wasn't anybody around who could tell the story of how the car got in the front yard of the Trading Post but like everything else along the Trail, its been there a long time. KVR touring is an adventure. We awoke to freezing temperatures. In the coffee shop across from the trading post a couple locals told us they were grateful for relief from the 100 plus temperatures they had been experiencing. If you do this ride, bring fleece. Next page, photos from the trail.