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.