A trip on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway is like participating in a “living history lesson”. Many children have never experienced a ride on a train nor have any knowledge about their role in the growth of our province and country. There are not very many railways left – let alone one that was such an integral part of the development of BC’s southern interior and one that still operates a steam locomotive, a part of our history that disappeared about fifty years ago.
In the past the Kettle Valley Railway Society’s school program has been well received. To quote a satisfied teacher, “The experience improves every time I visit the Kettle Valley Steam Railway!”
We host a variety of age groups — from preschool to senior secondary. Our onboard commentary takes students through the rise and fall of the Kettle Valley Railway as the train steams along the tracks and onto the Trout Creek Bridge which was built in 1913 and is a major feature of the trip. We encourage teachers to prepare students for the ride by discussing the historical significance of railways in Canada or BC, the changing scene of transportation and getting the goods to market. We provide train safety pamphlets to make students aware of the danger of playing around or walking on railway tracks and to reinforce the message “Anytime is train time.” Students can also participate in an observation game during the ride. Make a day of it, and involve other local historical attractions in the area such as the SS Sicamous, the Interpretive Centre at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens or the museums in Penticton and Summerland. A visit to Summerland Sweets or the Summerland Trout Hatchery are also other popular stops in town and provide more opportunities to learn about the South Okanagan’s history.
We offer reduced fares for school groups!
- $12.00 per student, teacher and/or chaperone
- $15.00 per additional family members and guests