Our Classic Ride Tour has been revised for 2020 to give you the same great ride with a little more time!

4 – 5 Days/4 -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.

Trip Rating: Moderate.  20-55 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 New Origins – River-Forest Journey (previously Wilderness Journey).

KVR Classic Ride Payment and Cancellation Policy:

Once your tour is confirmed, an invoice of 25% of the total tour cost will be issued along with other important information, details and tips for your tour.

Your deposit is refundable (less a $190/person administration charge) within 30 days of your tour departure.

The balance is due 30 days prior to your tour departure.  After this time your tour is non-refundable. We always recommend you ensure you have trip/trip cancellation insurance either through your credit card provider or regular insurance provider.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Midway to Penticton
DEPARTURE TIME Variable departure times available
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Day 1: KVR Mile 0 - Midway, BC - the Kettle River

Arrive Midway (shuttle from Penticton included) – KVR Mile 0 – this is where it all began for the KVR – if you arrive early, take the time to cycle around the village – visit the “entwined trees” or hike the hill to the Canadian flag where it borders the USA. The ride today meanders along the Kettle River to Rock Creek. Choose from today’s shorter option at just 20 km’s to Rock Creek or if you have arrived to the area earlier, set out for a longer ride to Rhone and relax the night away in your log house B&B. Wildlife alert: watch for black bear, osprey, bald eagles, woodpeckers
  • Cycling Distance:  20-42 km
  • Meals included: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Motel/Cabin or B&B
  • Options! Choose from cycling distance and accommodation 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 regarding your first days options.
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Day 2: Beaverdell & Taurus Canyon

The ride today takes you through the spectacular Taurus Canyon – recommended lunch stop and swimming hole. If you chose the shorter ride yesterday, you have a longer stretch today on to Beaverdell – or from Rhone, you get the easy day today. 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.
  • Cycling Distance:  26-48 km
  • Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner
  • Accommodation: Cottage/Cabin
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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
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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
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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

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
  • CR20-2 June 14 – June 18
  • CR20-3 June 22- June 26
  • CR20-4 June 27 – July 1
  • CR20-5 July 12 – July 16
  • CR20-6  July 26 – July 30
  • CR20-7  August 3 – August 7
  • CR20-8 August 24 – August 28
  • 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 2020 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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