Discover your Inner Outlaw

BC’s interior is a candyland of smooth highway, meandering crystal lakes, desert-like hills and historic gold-rush towns. Best way to experience it? Rent a Harley from Kamloops, and smell the pine and warm summer wind on five roadtrip itineraries designed for inspiration. The bikes are forgiving, the locals welcoming, and the experience unforgettable.

Overview

Length of Trip : 5- 7 Days

Cost :
You can rent one of six Harley models from Eagle Rider Kamloops, starting at $199 a day, or $1183.00 a week. Riders must put down a $1000 damage deposit. Hogs eat gas so budget around $200 for the week. Accommodation and meal options vary widely depending on where you are and how much you're willing to spend.

Best time to go : June to September

Wheelchair friendly : No

Family friendly : No

Where to eat :
Kamloops: The Noble Pig Brewhouse (650 Victoria St)

Wells Gray: Wells Gray Guest Ranch (5565 Clearwater Valley Road)

Lac Des Roches: Outstanding Italian courtesy authentic Italians Luca and Laura at the La des Roches Resort

Clinton: Clinton Coffee House (1418 Cariboo Highway): Best coffee in the Cariboo!

Quilchena: Quilchena Hotel, for surprisingly good pub grub

Spences Bridge: The Packing House, for homely fare and friendly faces

Hedley: Hitching Post Restaurant

Boston Bar: Fat Jacks Pub for sweet hipster munchies

Hope: Home Restaurant - known for their pie.

Official Site :
Barnes Harley Davidson (Harley Davidson rentals and purchases)

Tourism Kamloops

Thompson Okanagan:

Where to Stay :
Bike friendly places: Kamloops: Sheraton Five Points

Lac des Roches: Lac des Roches Resort (right on the lake!)

Quilchena: Quilchena Hotel (a historic treat with great breakfasts)

Lytton: Kumsheen Rafting Resort (where else can you cuddle up under a duvet in a teepee? Friendly staff, great recreational facilities)

Princeton: Canada's Best Value Inn

Vernon: Village Green Hotel

Getting There :
It's a 4-hour drive from Vancouver to Kamloops on Highway 5 (the Coquihhalla aka Yellowhead Highway). Don't worry, it's scenic once you get out of Chilliwack.
Air Canada and Westjet fly from Vancouver or Calgary direct to Kamloops.
Alternatively you can fly into Kelowna (serviced by Air Canada and Westjet) and rent a car for the 2 hour 30 minute drive.

Note from Robin :
Don't worry if you don't have biker gear. Eagle Rider also rent leather jackets, chaps, helmets, and wets. Bring gloves though.
Never rode a Harley? Don't fret, neither had I. The bike is heavy and stable and incredibly forgiving. The large foot plate and soft cushion are ideal for road trips.
There are five bike itineraries and you can't really go wrong whatever you choose. Summers are hot and dry (usually) and as long as you stay clear of the Trans-Canada traffic is pretty light.
You'll need a Class 5 (motorbike) license to rent the Harley, a learners license won't cut it.
Don't forget to wave when you pass bikers on the highways. Those who do not wave are mostly regarded as tools.

Gallery

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Photo by Jeff Topham

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Helmcken Falls

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Maps

Click here to download route maps (with handy info about local attractions) bike-map

Further Reading

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