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BC Parks Embarks on Expanding Myra Canyon Trestles to Enhance Visitor Experience

The Myra Canyon Trestles, remnants of the historic Kettle Valley Railway constructed between 1912 and 1914, have stood the test of time. These trestles, which once facilitated the movement of trains, now serve as a testament to early 20th-century engineering prowess. 

Today, they are a major attraction within the Myra-Bellevue Park, drawing in hikers and cyclists from around the world.

BC Parks, the custodian of these trestles, has embarked on a significant project to enhance the visitor experience. Recognizing the steady increase in visitors each year, BC Parks has initiated the expansion of the trestles from their current width of 5 feet to 9 feet, according to a KelownaNow report.

This expansion is not just about accommodating more visitors; it’s about ensuring safety and enhancing the overall experience for everyone.

The trestles’ expansion comes alongside their regular maintenance, which occurs every 15 years. This maintenance ensures the trestles remain safe and sturdy, ready to welcome the many visitors who come to marvel at their historic significance and the breathtaking canyon views they offer. 

The ongoing construction, which began with the first eight trestles, is a testament to BC Parks’ commitment to preserving this historical site while ensuring it meets modern safety standards.

Visitors to the park need not worry about disruptions. BC Parks is going the extra mile to ensure that the majority of the trestles remain accessible. Only the trestles currently under construction will have restricted access. 

Moreover, BC Parks aims to complete most of the work during the less busy fall and spring seasons, ensuring the trestles are all set for the summer rush.

Collaboration is at the heart of this project. BC Parks is working closely with commercial operators to minimize any potential impact. They are also keeping visitors in the loop, providing regular updates on the progress and any potential disruptions. 

For those planning a visit, the BC Parks website offers the most up-to-date information.

Featured image from BC Parks.

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February 12, 2024 8:45 pm

I’m anxious about potential visitor inconveniences during construction, but it’s good that BC Parks is minimizing disruptions. Staying informed about updates is crucial for planning trips. What do you think about the impact on the visitor experience?

April 4, 2024 5:36 pm

Have you heard about the Myra Canyon Trestles expansion project by BC Parks? They’re widening the trestles for a better visitor experience and adding cool interpretive signage! Remember to check BC Parks’ sites for updates. It’s gonna be a blast exploring the expanded trestles with all these enhancements!


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