4 Days/5 Nights

  • $1,095/person based on double occupancy
  • $265 single supplement (guaranteed own room for single traveler)
  • Groups of 8+ $1,045 per person

Overview: Midway to Penticton. The Classic is a popular ride! but just be prepared for longer days – if you prefer to take in the sights and relax a little along the way – check out our favorite – the Wilderness Journey Tour.

Trip Rating: Moderate to Challenging 40-75 kms/day. The KVR Trail is a wilderness trail and offers variable trail surface conditions. For the same route but more relaxed itinerary, please see our Wilderness Journey Tour.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Midway to Penticton
DEPARTURE TIME Variable departure times available
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Day 1 & 2: KVR Mile 0, the Kettle River & Taurus Canyon

The training has done its magic – you’re feeling fit, ready to go, peddling off on your adventure!

The KVR Classic route follows the Wilderness Journey trail with fewer stops, more miles, a little more rugged, a little more adventure for those who are ready…

Mile 0 is your calling and you are tucked in early this evening in Midway ready for a big first day tomorrow – from Midway to Beaverdell – a 70 km stretch that challenges you with the diversity of trail conditions, but you’re ready for this.  (You can also opt to spend your first night in Penticton, then shuttle to Rock Creek for a slightly shorter first day-see options below).

Panniers lightly loaded, carefully planned from hiking or canoeing trips of the past – this may not be your first time at such an adventure.

Beaverdell is a welcome destination finally reached – that was definitely a big day! a mix of single track, sandy patches, some back country road, a bit of navigating and the final long stretch through forest into Beaverdell.  But you’ve got the big day behind you now.

  • Cycling Distance for Days 1 & 2:  18-70 km (see Options below)
  • Meals included: Day 1 – all on own, Day 2 – Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner hamper
  • Accommodation: Motel/Cabins
  • Options! Choose from any of these three options to suit both your arrival time into the area and your fitness level.  Please feel free to contact us for more information to help you make the best decision:
  1. Arrive at your leisure today and overnight in Penticton followed by an 8:30 AM shuttle on Day 2 and 48 km ride Rock Creek to Beaverdell
  2. Arrive Penticton and take afternoon shuttle to Midway (latest departure 4 PM) overnight Midway and Day 2 cycle 70 km to Beaverdell or
  3. Arrive Penticton and shuttle by 1 PM (latest) to Midway. Cycle 18 km to Rock Creek and overnight Rock Creek. Day 2 cycle 48 km to Beaverdell.
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Day 3: Forests & Alpine Lakes

As the next morning dawns you are excited to be off on your next 58 km ride – following the meanderings of the West Kettle River through forest as you pedal, steadily uphill.  Idabel Lake is a treat for you when you arrive late in the afternoon!  Relax this evening in this quiet lakeside village and enjoy all the delicious food carefully prepared for your dinner hamper.  You may opt to take a canoe out in the evening light for a short paddle – watch for the lakes resident loons and moose.

  • Cycling distance:  58 km (steady uphill grade 1.5-1.9%)
  • Meals Included:  Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner hamper
  • Accommodation: Lakeside cabin/suite
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Day 4: Myra Canyon Trestles

Morning beckons and for Day 3 you are away again on a long but downhill rideMyra Canyon beckons with its massive trestles and tunnels. Choose to stay a night below the trail at the spectacular Myra Canyon Ranch or carry on to the lovely village of Naramata.  (see options below) Although mostly downhill it is a full days ride – so you’ll look forward to stopping in at the historic Chute Lake Lodge for a boost with pie and ice cream.  The final stretch leads you down beneath giant Ponderosa pines and the sparkling Okanagan Lake is a feast for this exhilarated cyclist peddling through orchards and vineyards.

This is a night of near luxury – sipping a chilled beer or wine as you relax on the deck then savouring a hearty meal – what a fabulous sense of accomplishment you feel having self-propelled yourself to this point, relying only on your pedal power to get you here!

  • Cycling distance:  40-90 km (flat – downhill)
  • Meals Included:  Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner by arrangement*
  • Accommodation:  Heritage Inn, Beach Resort or Ranch B&B
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Day 5: Ponderosa pines and orchards

A short day to finish from Naramata or still a good length if you opt for the Day 3 at Myra Canyon Ranch.  Opt for an extra shuttle either from the Ranch to the trail or from the village of Naramata (both located 4-5 km’s downhill off the main trail).

The final stretch into Penticton is a whiz downhill – stop in at a winery for a visit or early lunch, or the Trail Store for fresh fruit and ice cream before your final descent to the lakeshore of Penticton.

  • Cycling distance:  21-68 km (Naramata or Myra Canyon)
  • Meals included:  Breakfast (lunch by arrangement from Myra)

This KVR Classic a challenge that’s been met – and what an amazing ride!

  • 4 days cycling along the KVR from Midway or Rock Creek (option for 50 or 68 km first day) to Penticton
  • 4 nights accommodation ranging from motel/cabins to Lodge/Resort or Heritage Inn
  • 9 meals including 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners*
  • *2 extra meals by arrangement at Myra (dinner and packed lunch) please add $50/person
  • 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 – note: this tour is self-guided and you should be confident in changing a flat tire and with basic maintenance. We can provide you with instruction should you need. Call outs to the trail may incur an additional charge.
  • 2 cycle bag transfers (note: we include pannier shuttle on the first two uphill days)
  • shuttle to or from the trail to your start/finish point

Dates available for 2018:

  • CR18-1 May 27-31
  • CR18-2 Jun 3-7
  • CR18-3 Jun 11-15
  • CR18-4 Jun 25-29
  • CR18-5 Jul 1-Jul 5
  • CR18-6 Jul 9-13
  • CR18-7 Jul 14-18
  • CR18-8 Jul 22-26
  • CR18-9 Aug 11-15
  • CR18-10 Aug19-23
  • CR18-11 Sep 3-7
  • CR18-12 Sep 8-12

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
October 3, 2017

Our June trip was the highlight of the summer for me – it is so hard to explain to people what it was like and how beautiful an experience meeting you and the care you gave to us all. For me it was a trip of a life time.

October 3, 2017

I cannot thank you enough for your encouragement, support, and brand of customer service. I shall measure other businesses in the cycling world by the standard you set not just for me, but evidently by many many other customers you’ve had and friends you’ve made. The bike and accessories were perfect. Paula, I want you to know that I absolutely treasure my experience on the KVR.

October 3, 2017

My husband and I are international biking adventurers from New Zealand and thanks to Paula Sheridan of KVR Cycle Tours we were able to spend six days on the KVR to maximum enjoyment with minimal organisation on our part.
Paula planned the six day trip for us, supplied the coolest bikes, furnished us with tailor made maps, fed us with seasonal Okanagan cherries, and singled out the best available accommodation en route.
Paula is a pro, running bike trips in NZ and Canada, and has the sunny optimism and drive that is a perfect match for clients who want personalised service with adventure that thrills without any undue frills.
Paula was on our wavelength and her passion for the KVR well beyond her commercial interests made her such an authentic ambassador for accessible biking in memorable Canadian terrain.

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