In 1989, the historical Kettle Valley Railway was reinvented as a rail trail, shepherding cyclists and hikers through the stunning Okanagan valley with a maximum 2.2% grade. This translates as no hills, easy riding, and a bucket list cycling adventure for everyone. Especially when a company provides bikes, accommodation, an excellent self-guided trail app, and shuttles your bags ahead.

Cost:   Click here for the latest package pricing. 

Best time to go:  The package is available every Sunday and Monday from September to mid October. 

Where to Stay:  Accommodation is provided along the way, ranging from homely B&B’s, to glamping at the Chute Lake Lodge. 

Where to Eat:  Packed lunches are provided.  Along the way, we at at the Chute Lake Lodge, in Penticton (there’s a variety of highly rated restaurants) and enjoyed some fine beer at the aptly named Abandoned Railway Brewing Co right along the trail. 

Official Site:  Self-Guided Cycling on the KVR with Great Canadian Trails. 

Getting There:  The trip departs from Kelowna, and concludes in Penticton.  A shuttle service is available if you choose to leave your car in Kelowna, which has regular air service to Vancouver and Calgary.  

Notes:    It’s downhill all the way to the KVR’s rockstar highlight: the Myra Canyon Trestles. Entering this BC Provincial Park and National Historic Site, the gravel trail enters a 12-kilometre one-way stretch across 18 wooden trestles, and through two rock tunnels. The views of the valley and mountains are extraordinary, along with the fact that volunteers rebuilt several trestles after a devastating wildfire in 2003. Some trestles are longer and higher than others, but all provide a thrilling crossing. Day visitors to the park can rent bikes at the trailhead for an out-and-back ride.

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