However you plan your vacation, either guided or self-organized, you may have the option to include some extra activities along the way. It can really add to the whole experience if you include area specialties such as floating the Kettle River, a wine tasting tour in the Okanagan, or maybe a well deserved massage or spa in Kelowna or Osoyoos. A visit to Naramata can be combined with their wonderful and mostly organic weekly summer market on Wednesdays. Penticton also offers a large farmers market near Lakeshore Drive on Saturday mornings. And of course there are the many beaches along the way for swimming or kayaking.
If you are a history buff you will want to check out the museums and just a short jaunt from Penticton to Summerland will take you to the Kettle Valley Steam Railway – a fitting part of any KVR tour!
Planning your own vacation can be half the fun for a lot of people, but for those who prefer the luxury of having someone else tend to the details, there are a few tour companies offering guided trips along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. A guided tour will usually last from 1-7 days and may include accommodation, bike rental options, transportation/shuttles, meals and a tour guide. See bottom of this page for listings of operators.
It pays to research the company you are planning on joining if you do so – testimonials and trip reviews are usually a good start. It’s also important to ensure the trip you choose is appropriate for your level of cycling ability. Again, it pays to do the research so that your expectations are met and hopefully exceeded!
532 Alexander Avenue
Penticton, BC V2A 1E5
or ph: 250-498-9194 (summer only)
KVR Outfitters & Tours offer a range of tours from independent adventures to self-guided and supported.
Great Bike Tours offer fully supported tours in the USA, Canada and New Zealand
Discover Rock Creek
It’s time to find out what has so many excited about this little unincorporated town of just 300 people. Located just 18 kilometres west from Mile 0 on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail in Midway, Rock Creek is settled at the confluence of Rock Creek itself and the Kettle River as well as at the junction of the Crowsnest Highway/BC Hwy #3 which runs east/west along the southern border as well as BC Hwy #33 which heads to Kelowna and the trestle bridges of Myra Canyon.
Once a lucrative gold mining town, this solid little community now offers up it’s riches in farming, creativity and spirit.
Your cycle journey may lead you to discover the beauty of the Kettle River meandering it’s way round bends and rolling fields of ranches.
And if it’s in the heat of the summer sun that same river becomes a haven for cooling down as you drift on a gentle current beneath the hills and pines.
But the Saturday market is the place to really Discover Rock Creek. The locals from near and far arrive early each weekend morning to offer up their fabulous and predominantly organic produce, eggs, preserves, breads – some made from home ground grains. Live music lifts the spirit and a traditional breakfast on the grill is on offer with pancakes, bacon & eggs.
You’ll find the community spirit here very much alive as you chat with the locals, many whose families have lived and ranched in this area for generations. A Local food sharing group offers up free advice and information on sustainable gardening and is both educational and inspir
Naramata is a pretty little village on a small peninsula on the Okanagan Lake. It is a fabulous place to spend a couple of days and relax by the lake, do some wine touring or explore the area.
Great beaches, laid back locals and plenty of sunshine are the heart of Naramata!
Sun n’ Sup
Stand up Paddle Boards & Bike Rentals
PO Box 151-176 Robinson Ave
Penticton is a hot spot of the Okanagan – base yourself here for a few days before, during or after your cycle touring on the KVR. There is a multitude of activities here to choose from. From wine touring to visiting the bustling weekend markets to relaxing on the beach or taking in a rejuvenating massage or yoga class – it’s all right here.
There are some great day trips to be had from town such as a shuttle up to Chute Lake and bike down to Penticton. Stop at some wineries on the downhill and wind up at the beach – great day!
There is an iconic activity you just might want to experience, whether you are cycling the KVR, or just keen on trains and railways or rail trails. You can still ride the rails on the KVR from the Summerland Kettle Valley Steam Railway Station!
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is the Okanagan’s Heritage Railway and a great trip for young and old. Departures are posted on their website and run all summer long. You may even be part of a great train robbery!
Visit their website for tickets and more information here: Kettle Valley Steam Railway