On Friday, I found out about The Kettle Valley Rail Trail from one of the wine tour drivers. The start was just a half mile or so from the Penticton Lakeside Resort where we stayed. This crushed gravel trail is the former rail corridor for the Kettle Valley Railway and was used by differing train companies, eventually abandoned by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Saturday morning we headed up that way for some easier trail running. The trail wends through the dry scrub of this desert area and slowly rises to amazing views of Okanagan Lake stretching forever. Parts of the trail also run between vineyards and other agricultural properties -- the lavender and other plants add to the incredible clean feeling air. Since the trail is a former railroad path, it goes on and on, so pretty much any distance is available.
While the downtown area is attractive and definitely not a bad place to run, especially along the lakefront, if you find yourself in the Okanagan (and you really should go up there, it is a veritable Eden of good food, good wine, and good people), head over to the trail and run to your heart's content.
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