Our Classic Ride Tour is currently being revised for 2021 – we will put up dates as soon as we have this Tour finalized – it’s planned to give you the same great ride with a little more time!

5 – 6 Days/5 Nights*

  • $1,295/person based on double occupancy
  • $390 single supplement (guaranteed own room for single traveler)
  • groups of 4 or more – $1225 per person

Overview: Start from the iconic Mile 0 in Midway at the Kettle River Museum which includes the original Midway Station and traverse the entire distance of the “Carmi” subdivision of the KVR – from the valleys of the Kettle and West Kettle Rivers – slowly, steadily climb your way upward to the Okanagan Highlands before descending via Andrew McCulloch’s engineering feat of Myra Canyon and it’s remarkable trestle bridges down into the Okanagan Valley.  For a more moderate first day, you can opt to start in Rock Creek today.

Trip Rating: Moderate-Challenging.  38-55 kms/day (with optional 68 km ride first day)  The KVR Trail is a wilderness trail and offers variable trail surface conditions.  We have upgraded this popular tour to better suit the challenges of the terrain with a layover day at the summit of the trail.  While the grade is only ever 2.2% maximum grade, it is very steady to get to the top and a day to recoup is ideal.

KVR Classic Ride Payment and Cancellation Policy has changed due to Covid 19:

Once your tour is confirmed, an invoice of the total tour cost will be issued, however we only require a non-refundable booking fee payment of $75/person to secure your booking.

The final payment is due 14 days prior to your tour.  In the event of travel restrictions or cancellations due to Covid-19, your final payment will be refunded (less the booking fee which may be applied as a credit to a future date within the 2021 season).   In the event that one or more accommodation or related service providers is unable to operate, we will do our best to secure a suitable or better replacement.

At time of booking we will also send along other important information, details and tips for your tour.

We always recommend you ensure you have trip/trip cancellation insurance either through your credit card provider or regular insurance provider.

Note to international guests:  We are sorry, but due to the many travel restrictions, and unpredictable future of international travel, we are limiting our advance bookings to Canadian residents only, until further notice.

DEPARTURE TIME Variable departure times available

Day 1: KVR Mile 0 - Midway, BC or<br /> Rock Creek - Beaverdell

Arrive Rock Creek (shuttle from Penticton included) – or opt for the longer and more challenging Midway/KVR Mile 0 start! Today’s ride will follow along the Kettle River and the West Kettle River through farmlands and forest with a very slight uphill grade. Taurus Canyon and swimming holes are highlights! Once a booming mining town, Beaverdell is a place unto itself! we recommend the Red Rock Garage for superb coffee or the General Store for a well deserved ice cream or cold beer. Accommodation this evening is a cabin/cottage.  Wildlife alert: watch for black bear, osprey, bald eagles, woodpeckers
  • Cycling Distance:  48-68 km
  • Meals included: Packed Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Cabin
  • Options! Choose from cycling distance to suit both your arrival time into the area and your fitness level.  This is a long day, so we recommend overnighting in Midway if you choose to ride the full distance on Day 1 of 68 km’s. Please feel free to contact us for more information to help you make the best decision regarding your first days options.

Day 3: Forests & Alpine Lakes

There is just no way around it – you’re headed uphill today! just as the steam engines slowly wound their way through the forest and crept high above the valley floor, you will be following in their tracks. From Beaverdell it is a slight, but steady incline up to Idabel Lake. One of our favourite routes, this is the most remote section of trail. Relax the evening away – you are treated to a comfortable lakeside cottage with dinner delivered to you in this remote setting – the alpine village is home to just over 50 people. Take a canoe or rowboat out and listen for the call of loons.

Wildlife alert: Watch for signs of black bear, deer, moose, elk, coyotes, eagles, and forest birds such as the rare western tanager. Spring and early summer reward with wildflowers.

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

Day 4: Myra Canyon Trestles & Chute Lake

Morning dawns and you are away again! An exciting day and easier grade today – flat then slightly downhill. Myra Canyon beckons – famous for its trestle bridges hugging the canyon wall high above the city of Kelowna, it is worth taking your time. Forest fires took out many of the bridges in 2003, but all have been rebuilt and there are many interesting placards depicting the history and the rebuild. Newly renovated historic Chute Lake Lodge awaits you this evening with a comfortable lodge room and dinner in the eclectic Lodge full of KVR memorabilia.
  • Cycling distance:  58 km (flat – downhill)
  • Meals Included:  Breakfast, packed lunch
  • Accommodation:  Lodge room

Day 5: Penticton - Ponderosa pines and orchards

It’s a downhill (some surface challenging) ride until you reach the “Little Tunnel” – on a fine sunny day, this offers up simply breathtaking views from the trail and worth a picture or two! Once you descend through giant ponderosa pines, you will begin to enter orchards and wineries in the lower elevations along the “mineral rich” bench along the lake. 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:  44 km
  • Meals included:  Breakfast

Congratulations! your KVR Classic Ride complete and what an amazing ride!

  • 5 days cycling along the KVR from Midway Mile 0 of the KVR to Penticton
  • 4 nights accommodation ranging from motel, cabins/Cottages to Lodge
  • 10 meals including 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 3 dinners
  • bicycle rental – 24 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.
  • 3 cycle bag transfers (note: we include pannier shuttle on the first three days, then you carry what you need in panniers – supplied – on Days 4 & 5)
  • shuttle to or from the trail to your start/finish point (usually Penticton to Midway) via a certified passenger transport operator

Covid-19 Update at May 2020:  due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, we are no longer taking any new bookings for 2020.  Please email kettlevalleyrailtrail@gmail.com if you would like to be placed on our 2021 advance bookings list.  2021 will be our 10th year offering self-guided tours on the KVR and we hope you will choose to come and celebrate a new decade of adventure with us. 

Classic Ride Dates for 2020 – please contact us for custom dates should these not fit with your plans.

Note:  All our tours are “self-guided” – you may or may not be starting out with other cyclists – (please let us know if you have a preference when booking).

  • CR20-1 May 31 – June 4 – Cancelled
  • CR20-2 June 14 – June 18 Sorry this date is sold out!
  • CR20-3 June 22- June 26 Sorry this date is sold out!
  • CR20-4 June 27 – July 1 – No further bookings for 2020
  • CR20-5 July 12 – July 16 Sorry this date is sold out!
  • CR20-6  July 26 – July 30 – No further bookings for 2020
  • CR20-7  August 3 – August 7 – No further bookings for 2020
  • CR20-8 August 24 – August 28 Sorry this date is sold out!
  • You can now book directly online or contact us with any questions for these tours.  Custom dates may still be available – please inquire or check our other tour offerings.  Book now or send through any inquiries to kettlevalleyrailtrail@gmail.com
  •  We hope to see you in summer 2021 on the KVR!

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 3 reviews
May 8, 2019

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.

May 8, 2019

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.

May 8, 2019

June 2016 – 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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