Kettle Valley Railway –
Princeton/Penticton/Myra Canyon/Midway/Osoyoos/Okanagan Falls
This trip is approx. 450km and we’ll do it over 7 days, including the travel to Princeton from Vancouver and back home again. The pace will be moderate. A mountain bike or hybrid with more aggressive tires is the best choice for this trip – not suitable for road bikes. Please ensure your bike is in good repair and that you have some spare tubes to repair flats. I can help with changing flats and have tools for minor repairs but nothing too complex - I am not a bike mechanic!
You’ll need to have some experience with cycle trips before and have the gear necessary for this kind of trip. Please have proper lights for your bike and a helmet is mandatory. We will camp along the way so please have everything you’ll need for this. The book mentioned below goes into everything you'll need for this trip in detail.
Parts of this trip are in the wilderness but we will also pass though towns so we will be able to replenish stores, but please come prepared with dehydrated meals, plenty of snacks and other food as we may go long periods with no shopping in sight! You’ll need to come prepared for all kinds of weather. June can be a lovely month with highs of 26 but the lows can dip to just above freezing at night, so layered clothing as well as rain gear will be needed.
Please mention when you sign up if you’re able to drive and how many bikes with gear you’re able to take. The carpool fee will be $60 return. Please pay your driver at the start of the trip. We will leave our vehicles in Princeton.
There is lots of information available online about the KVR. I encourage you to have a look before signing up. Although I’ve cycled the KVR before I would like us all to come to this with at least some familiarity and accurate expectations for the trip.
There is also a book: Cycling the Kettle Valley Railway (3rd edition) by Dan and Sandra Langford.
What follows is a draft itinerary and nothing is set in stone. We may as a group decide to change things a bit as we go along. I do however expect that we will stay together as a group.
Day 1: Drive with bikes and gear from Vancouver to Princeton (approx. 280kms, 3.5 hrs). Start our bike trip, ride first day from Princeton to Osprey Lake and camp here.
Day 2: Osprey Lake to Chute Lake Campsite
Day 3: Chute Lake to Beaverdell
Day 4: Beaverdell to Osoyoos
Day 5: Osoyoos to Okanagan Falls
Day 6: Okanagan Falls to Summerland
Day 7: Ride from Summerland to Princeton, where our vehicles are, and drive back to Vancouver.
Please note that we are not a professional organization nor a group composed of trained professional guides. Ecospirit is run entirely on the efforts of volunteers and the active participation of members. The success of each event depends on the cooperation & efforts of every member who participates. Although we always make an effort to look out for one another, to the best of our ability, each of us is nevertheless responsible for our own safety and well-being during every event. By RSVPing "yes" for this event, you acknowledge and accept these terms.