KVR Wilderness & Wine Trails Tour

KVR Wilderness & Wine Trails Tour – 6 Days/5 Nights $2095/person based on double occupancy

Sandy beaches and sparkling lakes await you on your arrival to the bustling tourist town of Penticton.  Here we will meet you to give you all the tips you need for your ride tomorrow.  After your tour intro and bike fitting you may want to walk along the lakeshore, go for a swim or head to one of the nearby restaurants for dinner.  It’s an early start in the morning with an exciting day ahead!

Up, up and away! from the lakeside shores of Penticton the shuttle bus trundles up high above the valley and laughter and excited chatter ensues to the summit of the trail and the start of your epic ride with friends.

Through Myra Canyon with its incredible history and trestles and tunnels – you’ll have plenty of time to stop for the views, photos and read up on this part of the KVR’s history with the many information panels along the way.

Then over Bellevue trestle bridge – the largest of them all – and on to the historic Chute Lake Lodge.  Stop for pie and ice cream and explore the museum of railway relics here. Cycling beneath giant Ponderosa pines soon you are turning off the trail and a quiet back country road takes you past beautiful Naramata Bench wineries – Serendipity, Therapy and Kettle Valley Winery invite you to pause and taste the many varieties of Okanagan wines.

Rolling into the quaint village of Naramata, your comfortable room at a Heritage Inn or Lakeside Resort welcomes you.  Indulge in a well deserved dinner at the Inn this evening!

A layover day in Naramata gives you opportunities to enjoy the wineries of the famous “Naramata Bench”.  A morning shuttle up to the Bench to visit the wineries before wandering back down – 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.

Opt for the morning shuttle back up to the trail then coast downhill to Penticton through orchards and vineyards.  An easy ride alongside the popular Penticton canal brings you to the shores of Skaha Lake – you are now on the Southern Spur route of the KVR heading south – to more wine country!

Recharge along the way with your packed picnic lunch at one of the beaches along the way – Kaleden or Okanagan Falls.  Rested and refuelled, the next part of your trail unfolds with a rolling back country ride past more wineries.  Continuing south watch for big horn sheep on the hills and the variety of birdlife on Vaseux Lake and wetlands.

As the sun shines down, the temperatures climb as you head further south – Oliver at last! as you pedal the last few kilometres along the Millennium Trail canal and to your B&B or Villa.  Welcome to Canada’s Wine Capital!  with the warmest temperatures reaching this area and a variety of terroirs the wines produced here are some of the best.

A layover day here gives you the difficult choice of which wineries to visit!  we will give you our best recommendations and with a loop ride along the canal and Black Sage Road you will feel like you’ve been transported to the Tuscan hills.

This evening you’ll savour some of the finest local foods prepared by some of the best chefs in the valley.

Your final day and a return ride to Penticton takes you along a rolling back country road past mineral rich lakes, a winery with one of the best views of the valley, wine tasting and lunch followed by a short optional lakeside ride back on the KVR trail or shuttle return.

The KVR Wilderness & Wine Trails tour offers up a great mix of the best of the Okanagan Valley – ride in comfort with this fully supported tour – your luggage transported daily, lunches and snacks appearing along the way and a bit of a boost here and there should you need – this tour is yours to cycle, to relax, to unwind, to indulge.

Included in your KVR Wilderness & Wine Trails Tour:

  • 5 days cycling along the KVR, KVR Southern Spur Route, Oliver Millennium Trail and back country roads from McCulloch Lake to Oliver/Osoyoos and return to Penticton including
    2 layover days in wine country – Naramata Bench and Oliver/Osoyoos
    1 “pre-tour” arrival day and night’s accommodation in Penticton to arrive, relax and prepare for your ride plus
    • 4 tour nights accommodation – enjoy some of the best of the Okanagan with carefully chosen B&B’s, Heritage Inns, Villas and Lodges
    most meals including 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches inlcuding 1 winery lunch and 2 dinners
    1 winery tour/shuttle to Naramata Bench
    • 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 – our custom KVR set of full colour maps is yours to take home.
    • Full support – although this tour is self-guided, we are never far away should you need anything!  We do recommend for some of the trail sections where road access is limited that someone in your group is acquainted with changing a flat tire – we can provide instruction should you need.
    – Daily luggage transfers
  • shuttle Penticton to Myra Canyon and the KVR Trail.
  • Dates available for 2017:
    Wine1  Saturday June 3 – Thursday June 8
    Wine 2  Saturday June 17 – Thursday June 22
    Wine 3  Saturday July 1 – Thursday July 6
    Wine 4  Saturday July 22 – Thursday July 27
    Wine 5  Tuesday Aug 29 – Sunday Sep 3
    Wine 6  Tuesday Sep 12 – Sunday Sep 17
    Wine 7  Saturday Sep 23 – Thursday Sep 28

Cycling Adventures you cannot resist. We are now taking inquiries for 2017

 

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Eight of us toured the Okanagan Valley and biked on the KVR. Paula Sheridan was the key to the success of our week. For nine months she helped us plan our week including: bikes, trail itineraries, lunch & dinner reservations, winery tours, an eco-tour, breakfast cruise on the Okanagan & a day at the Spa.

First, it is very important to have a bike that is “fitted” because that makes the ride so much more enjoyable. Paula is meticulous with these details and supports your ride along the way. She loves this area of BC and is passionate about sharing it with visitors. At the end of our week we were sad to leave this beautiful valley and all that it has to offer.

Paula’s enthusiasm and sense of humour are infectious. If your goal is to have a superb experience in the Okanagan, then you must contact her.

This was a group of 8 who were based at one B&B in Naramata – together we planned a week of ecotourism, cycling, spas and fine meals of local produce and wines. Fred & Kate are returning in 2016 with a group to do our Wilderness & Wine Trails Tour!

Kate & Fred McClean, Ontario