Cycle on one of the most scenic sections of the Trans Canada Trail through the sunniest region in the nation. The converted Kettle Valley Railway will take you over the dramatic Myra Canyon Trestles, through mountain tunnels, and into the heart of one of the biggest fruit and wine producing areas in Canada. Enjoy views of vine-covered hillsides along pretty Okanagan and Skaha Lakes and endless opportunities to sample the local wines and culinary delights of Naramata and Osoyoos. Although surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, the trail rail is never steeper than a 2% grade as it was once an old rail bed. The back roads of Oliver and Osoyoos are more rolling but still gentle, making the cycling very pleasant. Extra nights spent in Naramata and in the small town of Oliver, allow you to optimize your time in wine country.
Please make your way to your accommodation in Penticton by 5pm today, in order to attend the trip briefing this evening when you will receive your bikes, maps, and route information notes. Penticton is ideally located between two lakes, close to endless wineries, and along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. If time allows, there are plenty of land- and water-based activities to do in the area. Or simply take a stroll along pretty Okanagan Lake and to nearby shops and restaurants.
After breakfast, you will be picked up from your accommodation and taken to the trailhead where you will start your cycling adventure. You'll follow the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, an old railway bed, which was originally built in the early 1900s to facilitate mining in the area. Because the route needed to be suitable for trains, the grade on the rail trail is never over 2% making the cycling very pleasant and not too arduous. Cycling starts with a bang, as the first stretch takes you high along the edge of a winding canyon with views down to the valley as you cycle towards the spectacular Myra Canyon trestle bridges. This one of the most scenic sections on the Trans Canada Trail with a total of 18 wooden trestles and two tunnels that were built to enable traversing the canyon. After you've ticked off the final trestle, arrive at historic Chute Lake Lodge and railway museum. The view soon opens up to an expanse of hillside wineries along the shores of Okanagan Lake. The ride is downhill all the way into Naramata where you settle in for the next 2 nights. Dinner is recommended in one of the nearby restaurants or winery bistros.
Naramata is located right in the heart of wine country, so we couldn't simply have you ride in and then out again the next day! A layover day in Naramata gives you opportunities to enjoy the beach and/or the wineries of the famous “Naramata Bench”. Many of them have excellent bistros for lunches or purchase food for a picnic. A morning shuttle up to the Bench to visit the wineries before wandering back down allows you to pick up a bottle of wine from a winery and enjoy it with lunch right there in the location where the wine is produced! At the beach in Naramata, you may want to try stand up paddleboards with or without lessons, kayak rentals or just relax in the sun.
Opt for the morning shuttle back up to the trail then coast downhill to Penticton through orchards and vineyards. An easy ride alongside the popular Penticton canal brings you to the shores of Skaha Lake – you are now on the Southern Spur route of the KVR heading south to more wine country! At midday a picnic lunch awaits you at the beach. Rested and refuelled, water bottles refilled, the next part of your trail unfolds with a rolling back country ride off the trail and past more wineries. Continuing south watch for big horn sheep on the hills and the variety of birdlife on Vaseux Lake and wetlands. As the sun shines down, the temperatures climb as you head further south. The last few kilometres take you along the Millennium Trail canal and to your B&B or Villa in Oliver. Welcome to Canada’s Wine Capital! With the warmest temperatures reaching this area and a variety of terroirs the wines produced here are some of the best.
A layover day in Oliver gives you the difficult choice of which wineries to visit! We will give you our best recommendations to take advantage of a loop ride along the canal and Black Sage Road towards Osoyoos Lake. The scenery here will make you will feel like you’ve been transported to the Tuscan hills. This evening you'll savour some of the finest local foods prepared by some of the best chefs in the valley. Overnight Oliver.
Your final day takes you along a rolling back country road past mineral rich lakes to a winery with one of the best views of the valley, wine tasting and lunch followed by a lakeside ride on the KVR trail (or optional shuttle) back to Penticton where services end.
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