Okanagan Wines and Rail Trail

Okanagan Wines and Rail Trail

Trip Highlights

  • Cycling through and visiting vineyards
  • Ride over Myra Canyon's trestles and through its tunnels
  • Relax next to picturesque Okanagan Lake
  • Visit the world-class wineries of Naramata Bench
  • Sample the delights of BC's biggest fruit producing region

Trip Summary

Cycle on one of the most scenic sections of the Trans Canada Trail through the sunniest region in the nation. The converted Kettle Valley Rails to Trails will take you alongside pretty lakes, 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.


The Kettle Valley Rail Trail is primarily rolled stone dust and dirt, and never has more than a 2.2% grade. In wet weather, parts of the trail may be muddy and sections may be in need of minor repair. The most difficult sections are at the beginning, when you will ride slightly uphill for much of the day. However, we've made your ride lighter by moving your panniers ahead on these more challenging days. On days when the ride is mostly downhill, you will be taking all of your belongings with you in your panniers (Ie, no luggage shuttle service). Most cyclists of average ability should be able to complete the route easily especially as the cycling days do not exceed 60 kilometres in distance.

Self guided walking or cycling requires individuals to use problem solving skills, be adaptable and have a keen eye. It is recommended that you are comfortable map reading, referring to route notes and that you have a good sense of direction (or are willing to work on improving this!). Cyclists will be expected to know how to fix a flat tire and make basic adjustments to their bicycles using the included repair kit.

Sometimes route finding, losing your way, finding it again and asking the locals for help is all part of the adventure. If you’ve never been on a self guided trip, after the first couple of days you will get the hang of if as the vast majority of our first time travellers attest. Please be assured that our written material issued to you for route finding is updated regularly and we provide a 7-day service hotline in the event of any problems.


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.

Meals:  Nil

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 2.2% 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.

Meals:  B,D

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

Meals:  B,L,D

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!

Meals:  B,L,D

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. *Option to add a second night in Naramata to make this a 7-day/6-night package. Visit boutique wineries, orchards, and a distillery - all accessible on a loop walk from town. Or relax at the beach, try some water sports, or go for a swim.

Meals:  B

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.

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 5 nights twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities
  • 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Bike rental: Giant Sedona trail bike with trunk bag for day items, rear panniers for overnight items, repair kit, bike computer, spare tube and pump, water bottle cage and bell
  • Shuttle from Penticton to Rock Creek
  • Shuttle from Myra Canyon Ranch to trailhead
  • Pannier transfers on first two (uphill) cycling days
  • Information pack including route notes and maps (1 set per room)
  • Emergency assistance

What's Not Included

  • International flights
  • Meals not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Wine tasting fees
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel Insurance
  • Applicable taxes

Upcoming Travel Dates


Duration:6 Days
Province/Territory:British Columbia
Starting Point:Penticton
Activities:Self-guided cycling
Grade:Introductory  Click for more information
Trip Code:KVR
Prices From:USD$1490
Extra night in Naramata (twin share w/ bicycle rental and breakfast):USD$150 
Electric Bike Supplement (on request, limited availability):USD$310 
Single room supplement:USD$350 
* All prices subject to applicable taxes