Easy, Moderate
Difficulty level
Cycling
Activity (Bike)
6 Night, 7 Day
Duration

Canada, British Columbia: Okanagan & Kettle Valley Railway Bike Tour

Six nights; six days of cycling, with opportunities for hiking and extras. Most of this bike tour follows the Kettle Valley Rail Trail past dozens of excellent vineyards and wineries, and across 18 trestles.


“The views of mountains and coastline are unbeatable. Routes were generally the right length. You know we love it, as this is our second year doing the trip!” – Jill J.

WHY THIS TRIP?

  • You will cycle the fabulous Kettle Valley Railway through tunnels and over canyons, and the incredible Myra Canyon.
  • World-class wines; extraordinary mountain scenery.
  • Wonderful culinary experiences & enchanting landscape.
  • Orchards and vineyards often give way to dry, sagebrush-covered hills; dense forest can lead to the edge of deep, sun-bleached canyons, and wildlife sightings are common.

 

ROUTE EXPECTATIONS:

This is primarily an easy route, but some days may fall into the moderate category. You can expect time to stop and small the roses, but some of the rides may be on more hilly terrain.


Cycling on some paved roads and the unpaved Kettle Valley Railway trails, whose surface varies from smooth hardpack and wooden trestle bridges to loose gravel and places where you may need to dismount. Large tires are necessary. Hiking, swimming, kayaking, and horseback riding activities are all optional.


Daily Distance:

  • DAY 1: Up to 17km
  • DAY 2: ~50km
  • DAY 3: ~33km + options
  • DAY 4: ~68km
  • DAY 5: Up to 40km + 10km hike
  • DAY 6: Variable

Okanagan Bike – Elevation Profile

 


Start: Near Vernon, The Sparkling Hill Resort, 16:00, day one. Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

Finish: Kelowna, following breakfast on day seven.

Please contact us to arrange alternate plans, if necessary.

1

Introductions & Bike Fitting

Meet in Vernon at your hilltop resort (shuttles from Kelowna are available). Introductions and a welcome briefing will precede a short warm-up ride along bike paths on Sparkling Hill. This is a gentle ride, perfect for unwinding after your travel and getting accustomed to the pace of the days ahead. Dinner tonight is particularly fabulous. D (Meal inclusions provided for guided trips. Self-guided trips include breakfast only)

The Sparkling Hill Resort, Vernon; or Manteo Resort, or Hotel Eldorado

2

Long ride: Okanagan Rail Trail ~54km or 72km

Start your day with a short transfer to Vernon, or ride downhill to the trailhead to begin the traffic free path along the beautiful shores of Kalamalka or Wood Lake. Ride through Lake Country and past the excitement of University of BC, the airport, and to your luxurious lodging perched on the shores of the Okanagan Lake. BLD

Manteo Resort, or Hotel Eldorado

3

Ride in Myra Canyon ~50km

Short transfer uphill to the famous Myra Canyon, with its 18 trestles and two tunnels. This is the most spectacular part of the Kettle Valley Railway, and the highest point. Though the grade is gentle, you will ride downhill to our meeting point at Chute Lake, where swims and wholesome food await you. The riding surface is unpaved, the setting is remote, vehicle support is limited and there will be ample time to enjoy the experience – and a picnic lunch – before whizzing downhill to finish your ride at Chute Lake above the Naramata Bench – a narrow corridor of distinctive, internationally renowned, award-winning vineyards between the eastern cliffs of Lake Okanagan and the Okanagan Highland. BLD

Naramata Heritage Inn, Naramata

4

Chute Lake to Naramata 33km; optional activities: hiking in Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, kayaking on Lake Okanagan, and horseback riding.

15-minute transfer to Chute Lake. Ride downhill from Chute Lake to Naramata, to enjoy the switchbacks, tunnels, and remarkable lake vistas from the rail trail. If you choose to, the spectacular hiking on the rustic trails of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park will take you into Wild Horse Canyon. This is rattlesnake country; we recommend you bring good hiking boots. BL

Same Lodging

5

Penticton, Skaha Meadows, and the vineyards of Oliver ~68km

Ride along the Naramata Bench into Penticton. From Skaha Meadows golf course, just south of Penticton, ride on a combination of the Kettle Valley Railway and Green Lake Road. The views of Skaha Lake are gorgeous, and the swimming opportunities help keep you cool. Ride through the hills past glacial lakes on Green Lake Road, and descend to Oliver where your fabulous hotel awaits you. Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the vineyards or bike with ease to other wineries in the area. BD.

Hester Creek Winery, or Silver Sage Winery, Oliver

6

Winery Cycling loop; up to 40 km; Golden Mile hiking trail; 10km

This morning, ride the partially paved trail past 12 wineries along the winding Okanagan River, with views of vineyards and farmland as well as the outstanding vistas of Oliver and the surrounding mountain valley. This afternoon, the Golden Mile Hiking Trail provides extra distance for those not tempted to linger at the wineries. It winds along the western foothills of the valley, providing close encounters with fruit orchards and vineyards. B

Same lodging

7

Farewell


Following breakfast, transfer back to Kelowna or Kelowna airport. B

All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.

Guided: C 4695 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, 3 picnic lunches, 4 dinners, KVR train ride or inner tube rental, full-time guide, vehicle support, luggage handling, maps and route instructions. 12% sales tax.


Self-Guided: C 4095 (per person, double occupancy)

Includes 7 days, 6 nights, 6 breakfasts, inn to inn luggage transfers, maps, route instructions, on-call emergency support, 12% sales tax.


Single Occupancy: 1345


Bike Rentals:

Mountain: 395


All details and pricing are subject to change without notice.


Please note that we do not operate this tour during the peak summer months of July/Aug due to wildfires.

2022 Guided dates:

  • Winery villas are fully booked now for spring through fall of 2022. Please get in touch if you would like to book custom dates with alternate inns or book early for 2023!

2023 Guided dates:

  • Jun 5-11
  • Sep 18-24

Self-Guided available any dates, except for those listed above, or during wildfire season (July/Aug). New dates are also welcomed for guided or private departures.

Interested in custom or private departures?


Please see above for accurate pricing and inclusions, unless we have proposed a customized trip for you and those details are provided in your custom proposal.

1. Choose an advertised date to join a small group, or see our Join a Group page to see where groups are already forming.

2. Pick your own dates. We will confirm quickly, and are happy to talk with you as you make your choice. If you would like a private guided date, price remains the same as advertised if you have at least six. If you prefer self-guided, we usually only require two participants to initiate a new date at the advertised price, and can sometimes reduce prices for you if you have four or more.

 
PLEASE NOTE: Trip Cancellation Insurance is highly recommended. If this is not provided by your credit card or elsewhere, please let us know and we can provide recommendations.

Difficulty This route is rated easy/moderate (green circle/blue square).
Daily Distances 20-70km/day
Optional Extras
Best Months Spring, early Summer –
Late Summer , Fall.
NOTE: We do not run this tour in July/Aug due to wildfire season.

Before & After the Tour:


Consider visiting Okanagan Mountain Park for some challenging hikes. Make sure to research and be prepared!

Visit the many wineries surrounding Okanagan Lake.


More Reading:


There is a new “gold rush” in the Okanagan Valley. World-class wines now complement its fame for fruit production, and it has become a wonderful place for an active holiday. Extraordinary mountain scenery is the backdrop for rides on the most spectacular stretches of the Kettle Valley Railway biking trail, the most compelling of these being perhaps the section through the incredible Myra Canyon. A forest fire burned most of its 18 wooden trestles several years ago, but a groundswell of support energized their reconstruction, and we now want you to join us to cycle the fabulous trail through tunnels and over canyons, as part of a full week indulgence in a valley full of evocatively named towns like Peachland and Summerland.

This is really a collection of wonderful experiences: World-class wines; extraordinary mountain scenery; cycle the fabulous Kettle Valley Railway through tunnels and over canyons, and the incredible Myra Canyon. Riding the real Kettle Valley steam train; having picnics in vineyard courtyards, and cycling on trails gently downhill through tunnels, and across trestles. Your support vehicle hovers nearby in case your sampling takes precedence over bicycle touring. The landscape changes dramatically even during a short bike ride. Orchards and vineyards often give way to dry, sagebrush-covered hills; dense forest can lead to the edge of deep, sun-bleached canyons, and wildlife sightings are common. Best of all, the culinary focus on this trip makes it a particularly luxurious and enchanting escape. Bring your sense of exploration, and discover what’s been happening in the Wild West!


“All the accommodation was FANTASTIC on this trip.” – Esme & Pete

“The KVR is nothing less than enchanting; the spectacular trestles took me back in time to when I was a child conducting trains on my model railroad.” – Matt W.

“I loved uncovering the many gems of the Okanagan Valley. The scenery and roads reminded me quite a bit of my travels through France.” – Stephen M.

“…it was one of the best vacations we have all had in some time. In particular, I would like to compliment the three guides we had… They were well-organized, extremely thoughtful and considerate, and very knowledgeable. They made the trip a highly enjoyable experience for all of us.” – Robert F.