KVR Outfitters Self-Guided Tours:
All of our self-guided tours include most of your meals – anywhere food (and wine!) is difficult to come by, we have provided it for you – packed lunches for along the way, breakfasts at B&B’s, scrumptious hampers to feast from are all part of the ride with KVR Outfitters! Fresh and local fruit and vegetables, organic foods are our specialty – we source from local markets and suppliers for all our tours.
Tips for DIY trips – multi day cycling:
Although there are some great cafes along the way, there are also some long stretches of trail where you need to be prepared with food and especially lots of water. It’s a good idea to always have some high energy snacks such as trail mix and dried fruit with you and if high temperatures are a possibility you may also want to carry a liquid gel or energy drink powder. These products help keep you hydrated and replace electrolytes lost through perspiration. If you experience cramping, especially in your legs, you may need to boost your hydration/electrolytes.
Different styles of accommodation will provide different options for meals – for instance most B&B’s will include breakfast (often a full cooked meal). Motels usually offer tea/coffee making facilities and may or may not have cooking facilities – always best to check ahead if you want to prepare your own meals. Camping requires you to think ahead the most and consider your meal plans as you don’t want to be carrying too much extra weight!
Supplies can be replenished in Rock Creek, Beaverdell and limited supplies are available at The Old Cowboy Ranch just past Westbridge and Chute Lake Lodge. Supplies can be purchased at either end of the trail or at any major centers enroute to the trail, such as Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelowna, Grand Forks and Midway.
Some places to stock up before/during your ride:
McMynn’s AG Foods
630 Florence, Midway, BC V0H 1M0
Rock Creek General Store
4105 Hwy 3, Rock Creek, BC V0H 1Y0
Beaverdell General Store
5833 Highway 33, Beaverdell, BC V0H 1A0
Naramata General Store
Robinson at Second Street, Naramata
1160 Government Street, Penticton, BC V2A 8L9
36058 97th St, Oliver, BC V0H 1T0
9141 Main St RR 2, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V2
The Bench Market
368 Vancouver Avenue
Open Mon-Sat. 8 AM-5 PM Sunday 9 AM-4 PM
To find The Bench Market from the trail…cycling from east to west you will exit the trail in Penticton – cycle a block to Vancouver Avenue and turn right downhill for another block – The Bench is on your left. After recharging with some great food and coffee, continue downhill to the shores of the Okanagan Lake and visit the Trans Canada Trail pavilion on the beach.
Greenwood is not just a step down memory lane – yes, the history is colourful and quite amazing – but when the trail has whetted your appetite – it’s time to step back into the present and through the doors of one of Greenwood’s fabulous cafes!
502 Hwy #3
Greenwood, BC V0H 1J0
Open year-round and offering something for everyone, Deadwood Junction is a great stop along the way, whether you are cycling the KVR Trail or just driving past on Hwy #3. Enjoy a fine cup of Oso Negro coffee and freshly baked cinnamon bun in our artisan gallery featuring over 70 artists. We also invite you to shop our great selection of Buffs, Lillie & Cohoe hats, and antique Victorian furniture. Known for the best hospitality on the highway, you are sure to leave Deadwood Junction with a smile on your face! Find us on Facebook or visit us at www.deadwoodjunction.ca
If you find yourself headed to the KVR for your cycling vacation this summer, plan to spend at least a couple of days exploring Canada’s “Napa of the North”.
Even to the uninitiated, visiting the boutique wineries of the Naramata Bench and the wine capital of Canada – Oliver – will leave you with an appreciation of the beauty of the Okanagan Valley and the commitment to excellence it’s wine producers are achieving.
From classics such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlots, there are new grapes and blends afoot in this burgeoning community of tastings and treasures! Viognier, Pinot Gris and even Temperanillo are finding their way into the dry, silt laden lands of this valley.
Combine this with 100’s of kilometres of rail trail to cycle, beautiful sandy beaches and cool, fresh lakes to swim in, an abundance of locally grown and organic foods, you have the French provincial countryside in the back yard of British Columbia, Canada.
Surprised? don’t be…just come and experience it for yourself.