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 Lake and endless opportunities to sample the local wines and culinary delights of Naramata. Although surrounded by stunning mountain scenery, the trail is never steeper than a 2% grade as it was once an old rail bed.
Please make your way to your accommodation in lovely Penticton. 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.
An 8-8:30am shuttle takes you to the start of your KVR ride at Rock Creek. Be sure you've packed what you need for the day in your trunk bag and leave room for lunch which can be purchased at the Rock Creek Trading Post near the trailhead. Your full panniers will be moved ahead today, as this is one of two pannier transfers included in the trip. A bike handover/fitting and full briefing will take place in Rock Creek and then you're off to ride the Kettle Valley Rail Trail; an old railway bed that 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. A mix of trail surfaces, a bit of navigating, and a long stretch through forest brings you into Beaverdell. Settle into your lodging and enjoy all the delicious food carefully prepared for your dinner delivery. You'll go to sleep tired and full - Ready for tomorrow's big ride. Overnight motel/cabins.
As the next morning dawns you are excited to be off on the trail – again, with our handy luggage transfer service taking panniers to the next lodging. Today's route follows the meanderings of the West Kettle River through forest, as you pedal steadily uphill. Idabel Lake is a treat for you when you arrive late in the afternoon! Relax this evening in this quiet lakeside village and enjoy another carefully-prepared, catered meal. You may opt to take a canoe out in the evening light for a short paddle. Watch for the lake's resident loons and moose! Overnight lakeside cabin/suite
From here in you will ride with all of your personal items in your panniers as there are no luggage transfers available from Idabel Lake to Penticton. The good news is that it is mostly flat or downhill for the rest of the trip! Today, ride 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 Great Trail, with a total of 18 wooden trestles and two tunnels that were built to enable traversing the canyon. Tonight's stay is just below the trail at the spectacular Myra Canyon Ranch. Dinner has been arranged for you here tonight so relax and enjoy the view!
After you've ticked off the final trestle, enjoy the downhill ride into historic Chute Lake Lodge and railway museum - we suggest you stop for the pie and ice cream! The final stretch into Naramata leads you beneath giant Ponderosa pines before the view opens up to an expanse of hillside orchards and wineries along the shores of sparkling Okanagan Lake. Turn off the trail and glide downhill to your comfortable accommodation in Naramata where you can choose from a selection of dinner options this evening. Overnight Heritage Inn or Beach Resort.
A morning shuttle takes you back up to the trail then it's a great coast downhill to Penticton through orchards and vineyards. Naramata is located right in the heart of wine country along the shore of Okanagan Lake. It's a short cycling day today, so be sure to enjoy the beach and/or the wineries of the famous “Naramata Bench” located directly off the trail. Many of them have excellent bistros for lunches or purchase food for a picnic. Perhaps 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. Your tour ends upon arrival in Penticton. *You can extend your ride today with an out-and-back cycle alongside the popular Penticton canal to the shores of Skaha Lake.
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