48 Metres Long and a Gobsmacking View

Thank you for visiting my blog, Life and Random Thinking, which I hope you enjoy and add your comments and ideas.

Today my post was inspired by a recent Toastmasters speech I shared; “From Rails To Trails“.

The speech goal was to inspire my audience to visit the Little Tunnel which is northeast of Penticton.

The 48 metre long tunnel is located high above beautiful Okanagan lake and the view is gobsmacking (a British word meaning astounding).

The tunnel was build for the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) which no longer operates. The railway ties are long gone, but the trail remains along with the delightful easy-to-explore hiking and biking path.

Use this link if you want to learn more about the KVR.

The Kettle Valley Railway is now part of the Trans Canada Trail (TCT). Explore the TCT via this link. which is also very appealing.

In order to inspire my audience I gave an informative speech using Powerpoint slides which included maps I had downloaded from online and modified slightly.

The use of maps was essential, as pictures are worth a thousand words while my speech was limited to seven minutes and thirty seconds. LOL ☺

I hope you enjoy the maps and photos below. – David

A quick summary of the directions to the Little Tunnel is below;

BY CAR; You can drive partway to the Little Tunnel, drive about 20 minutes north on Naramata Road, turn left on Smethurst and drive up the hill until you find the parking lot that bisects the KVR Trail. You can park your car there and then you have a short 4.7 kilometre walk north on the path, a little more than an hour if we waddle like me. The trail is easy, wide, and the grade is mild.

CYCLE; If you bike to the Little Tunnel (much preferable I think) then you can ride on the KVR path starting from multiple points in Penticton. The ride is about 60 kilometres round trip, allow four hours, but the ride back into Penticton is an easy-peasy downhill glide. Maps abound that identify the KVR path in Penticton and you simply ride northeast.

I think you will thank yourself after you add this fresh air experience to your memory bank when you visit.

If you can’t visit but are still interested in seeing the view, here is a link to a two minute video taken at the tunnel.

You will miss the beautiful sage scent but at least you can see gobsmacking view. β™₯ Don’t fall off the edge !

Let’s do this again soon ☺- David

Bonus ! – If you really really want to know what the KVR is like on a bike – this video is awesome. Link here

About dfolstad58

I live in the South Okanagan. BC. I enjoy reading, exercise, toastmasters. spending time with my son, my daughter, & her husband , and my patient wife. I try to respond personally to every comment on my blog, and in this way I hope to get to know my readers a little bit and and am able to thank readers for their encouragement on what they liked and suggestions on what they would like to see me try in order to improve.
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16 Responses to 48 Metres Long and a Gobsmacking View

  1. It looks amazing! Thanks for sharing 😊

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    • dfolstad58 says:

      I am glad you liked the photos and post Shweta. I don’t know if you watched the video but the last link is ten minutes I think and it almost feels like you are riding a bike up the trail. Thank you for commenting, that means a great deal to me. – David

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  2. James McEwan says:

    Fantastic, gobsmacking indeed.


  3. Gibberish says:

    Awesome view indeed…and love the word gobsmacking πŸ˜„πŸ˜…


  4. HI David!
    Great presentation and awesome pictures!
    I loved the last video – it is like being on a bike ride without being on a bike πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing! Blessings! β™₯β™₯


    • dfolstad58 says:

      Hi ! β™₯ I smiled right away with your response. I agree it is an amazing perspective in that video. Really worth watching, I should play it again in my living room tv. I hope you are well, sending you watermelon to refresh you and cheesecake to spoil you. Take care.


  5. We were there a few days ago – fantastic views. πŸ™‚


  6. I took a look at the 2-minute video. Spectacular!


    • dfolstad58 says:

      In that two minute video I always get a weird feeling when the drone goes over the edge. LOL. The other link is longer video (ten minutes) but really well done and it feels like you are riding a bike on the trail, I recommend it. Thanks Debra. Take care.

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