KVR Wilderness Journey

KVR Wilderness Journey – 7 Days/6 Nights  $1695/person (includes one or two layover days) based on double occupancy – our most popular tour!

The clear, cool water of the Kettle River swirls gently past, an eagle soars overhead, a deer flicks an ear as you pedal beneath towering ponderosa pines, past the rolling ranch lands of Rock Creek.   Your journey has begun….

Silence ensues as you veer west following the West Kettle River, the forest thickens, and as the sun shines brightly overhead you may scramble down the riverbank to glide into a shady pool, refreshing before continuing the slow gentle grade uphill.

A grand log lodge awaits with your evening meal and tales of forests and the railway from those who are one with this nearly forgotten area before you lay your head down to rest in the lovely quiet, cool room – reflecting on your first day of this new wilderness experience.

Awakening to aromas of hot waffles you rise to watch the myriad of hummingbirds buzzing past at high speed igniting your spirit to venture off on the trail again.  Through Taurus canyon when in early summer the meltwaters rage through in torrents, then into summer and autumn the pools here offer up still waters for a cool dip and a perfect picnic location.

Watch for deer and black bear as you near Beaverdell, a step into the past of BC’s rich silver and nickel mining history.  A short day today rewards you with an afternoon relaxing by the river on a sandy shore.

Dawn once again beckons and with your longest uphill day ahead its time for an early start – with your cycle legs now accustomed to the trail, it’s a steady ride up, up up – the stillness nearly overwhelming as you hear only your breathe, the river, birds, the breeze in the trees.

You are well rewarded at the summit today – your lakeside resort offering refreshing swimming, a stocked kitchen full of food to enjoy over the next two days as you rest from the uphill journey – relax on the dock, paddle a canoe, hike the trails, listen to the call of the loons…. watch for a moose in the reeds and lily pads.

Now you are eager to return to the bike and its a day of excitement as you near the giant trestles of Myra Canyon – 18 massive structures and tunnels take you around this horseshoe shaped canyon, now descending, an extraordinary but easy ride.

Then it’s a downhill ride into the quaint village of Naramata.  All senses alert as you watch for moose tracks near the historic Chute Lake Lodge, then whizzing downhill, the Okanagan Lake a sparkling gem beneath you.  Stop in along the last few kilometres at some of the Naramata Bench wineries and taste the bounty of this region.  This evening enjoy the small village charm from your Inn or Resort stay.

A layover day in Naramata* gives you opportunities to enjoy the wineries of the famous “Naramata Bench”.  A morning shuttle takes you back up to the Bench to visit the wineries before wandering back down – or pedal out along Naramata Bench Road and visit a winery for lunch, then head to the beach – you may want to try stand up paddleboards with or without lessons, kayak rentals or just relax in the sun.  This is a fabulous way to celebrate your ride and relax before….

All at once you are embarking on the last short day of your KVR Wilderness experience….a “hero’s” ride downhill through orchards and vineyards into Penticton.

Well done! You have cycled your way, traveled under your own pedal power over 230 kilometres along river valleys, past alpine lakes, beneath towering forests and finally into orchards and vineyards.  The KVR Wilderness Journey complete.

*Optional stay at MYRA CANYON RANCH – this option is possible with a short ride on Day 5 and is in lieu of a layover day at Naramata.  Please add $40 per person to the tour price for this option.  *Note:  this accommodation is located 4 km’s off the KVR trail and access is by a steep forestry road which is moderately challenging – a shuttle is included back to the trail in the morning.

Included in your KVR Wilderness Journey:

• 5-6 days cycling along the KVR from Midway or Rock Creek to Penticton plus
• 1 layover day to explore Idabel Lake – by canoe, rowboat or hiking trails plus 1 layover day at Naramata – a lovely quaint village and ideal for celebrating your journey’s end with a variety of wineries, beaches and activities
• 6 nights accommodation ranging from comfortable cabins to B&B’s, heritage Inns and lodges
• 14 meals including 6 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 4 dinners
• bicycle rental – 21 speed Giant Trail Bikes – equipped with rear rack and panniers – our bikes are chosen specifically for travel on the KVR and are superb for the terrain
• route notes and maps plus tips on cycling the trail
• Emergency support – we are never far away should you need assistance however please note!  this tour is self-guided and you should be confident in changing a flat tire.  We can provide you with instruction should you need.
• 3 daily cycle bag transfers (note: we include pannier shuttle on the uphill days and provide extra transfers on request)
– shuttle to or from the trail to your start/finish point
– shuttle from Naramata back to the trail
Dates available for 2017:
WJ1  Saturday May 27 – Friday June 2
WJ2  Saturday June 10 – Friday June 16
WJ3  Sunday June 25 – Saturday July 1
WJ4  Friday July 7 – Thursday July 13
WJ5  Friday July 28 – Thursday Aug 3
WJ6  Tuesday Aug 15 – Monday Aug 21
WJ7  Sunday Sep 3 – Saturday Sep 9
WJ8  Saturday Sep 16 – Friday Sep 22

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We just wanted to reiterate our appreciation for providing us with a wonderful, thoroughly and beautifully organized trip that we will remember for a very long time. It was stunning trip through some stunning scenery only made better by the accommodations, meals and route guide kindly supplied by much work and effort on your part.

Each place we stayed was different but memorable for different reasons. From lake views to city views; from ranch style accommodation to cabin to lakeside and city central, each place was charming and begged for a longer stay. It’s almost impossible to choose a favourite portion of the journey and the sense of accomplishment afterwards was thrilling. Your enthusiasm and obvious passion for this area of our province and sharing the experiences you have enjoyed with so many others is greatly appreciated.

Once again thanks so much.

Anthony and Rebecca Broadhead – August 2015
Cycling the KVR
This was the most fantastic trip we have done, it surpassed all our expectations. From the moment we meet Paula at the airport to our final day freewheeling into Penticton. The bikes were fantastic -just right for the trail and small panniers to encourage light weight packing….we could have taken more heed of this ! The route guide hit the spot enough detail to stay on track and we found that the ideas of places to visit or stop for lunch were spot on.

The accommodation far exceeded what we had imagined. From dinner on the deck with George at Little Dipper to 2 wonderful nights at Idabel lake (a fridge so thoughtfully stocked by Paula) and eating salmon on the deck listening to the Loons, to Myra Canyon lodge another room with ‘a view’ and a hot tub for aching legs, to finally the grandeur of Naramata heritage inn where we had a grandstand view of a wedding .

Finally how could we forget the wildlife and scenery – this is an amazing trail and we were glad we only saw three other sets of cyclists as it made it feel a million miles from home.

Paula certainly wither her planning and attention to detail made the whole trip one that we will talk about for a very long time

Thank you 🙂

John & Jackie Scruton (United Kingdom) , KVR Wilderness Journey August 2014