March 2022 Update!
We are more than just a little excited to finally being back on the KVR after 2 years covid hibernation. We are now fully booked for 2022. (if you are already on a wait list and have not heard from us yet, don’t worry – we are still working on getting you in!)
If 2023 is on your radar, just let us know and we’ll add you to the list already started for next year!
We are rolling over many bookings from 2020 & 2021 and limiting our departures so that we can offer the same attention to detail we have become known and respected for! At this stage we are not taking new bookings, however….
If you would like to be put on a wait list for 2023, please email us directly at email@example.com.
Our revised Classic Ride for 2022:
Now you can enjoy a little extra time on the Classic ride with more even daily distances – and with a couple of great options on getting started to suit your travel/arrival plans to the area.
A pre-ride arrival day has now been included so you are all ready for your first day on the trail plus extra time has been added along the way – the KVR can throw up a few challenges but amazing scenery so there’s nothing better than a little time to relax and enjoy the area and other activities with your friends:
6 Days/6 Nights*
- $1,795/person based on double occupancy
- $570 single supplement (guaranteed own room for single traveler)
- groups of 4 or more – $1695 per person
- *prices shown are for 2022.
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.
Note: For a more moderate first day, you can also opt to overnight in Penticton then start in Rock Creek (See Day 1 options in the Itinerary).
Trip Rating: Moderate-Challenging. Average 54 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. Here you can enjoy swimming, canoeing, rowing, fishing and hiking or just relaxing and listening to the loons on the lake.
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 and a 25% deposit required to confirm 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 a 10% booking fee which may be applied as a credit to a future date within the 2022 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 including Covid safety protocals. We take your safety, and that of all of our communities, contractors and providers to heart and will do our utmost to ensure a safe environment for you to enjoy your vacation.
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. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2023!
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Midway or Rock Creek to Penticton|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Variable departure times available|
Choose your starting point!
- Overnight prior to your tour departure in Penticton – enjoy the beach and a comfortable relaxing evening if you have traveled some distance to get here. Your shuttle will pick you up in the morning to take you to the eclectic town of Rock Creek for a 48 km ride on Day 1 of your tour or…
- Arrive Penticton and shuttle directly to Midway – cycle 18 kms to Rock Creek and overnight in the rustic, comfortable Riverview Cabins. 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” before following the river trail to Rock Creek.
Cycling Distance: 0 or 18 kms
Accommodation: Inn or Cabin
Meals: on own today
Day 2: Rock Creek - Beaverdell
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 when you arrive after this big first day!
Accommodation this evening is a cabin/cottage.
Wildlife alert: watch for black bear, osprey, bald eagles, woodpeckers, deer.
Cycling Distance: 48 km km
Meals included: Continental breakfast, Packed Lunch, Dinner
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 or lakeside suite with dinner delivered to you in this remote setting – the alpine village is home to just over 50 people.
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: Idabel Lake - canoes, rowboats, hiking trails and loons
Layover day! After two big days of riding, you’re at the top of the trail and this is a spectacular spot to enjoy your efforts. Your comfortable cottage or lakeside suite will have all the comforts to relax the day away – and affords you the time to catch your breath and enjoy your surrounds – take a canoe or rowboat out on the peaceful lake, watch the loons, go swimming, fishing or for a hike through the woods.
This is your day to relax and just simply breath in the fresh mountain air! Many of our guests have had quite remarkable experiences here – from just appreciating the day of rest, to having a family of loons paddle alongside the canoe and even a young moose swimming alongside a solo rower. This is your day to take it all in.
Day 5: Myra Canyon Trestles & Chute Lake
- Cycling distance: 58 km (flat – downhill)
- Meals Included: Breakfast, packed lunch
- Accommodation: Lodge room
Day 5: Chute Lake Layover Day
Day 6: Penticton - Ponderosa pines and orchards
- Cycling distance: 44 km
- Meals included: Breakfast
Congratulations! your KVR Classic Ride complete and what an amazing ride!
- 6 days cycling along the KVR from Midway Mile 0 of the KVR to Penticton
- 6 nights accommodation ranging from motel, cabins/Cottages to Lodge
- 11 meals including 6 breakfasts, 2 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 uphill days, then you carry what you need in panniers – supplied – on Days 4 & 6 )
- shuttle to or from the trail to your start/finish point (usually Penticton to Midway) via a certified passenger transport operator
- we do not have e-bikes in our fleet, but work closely with a rental operator and we can facilitate rentals for you
- bringing your own bike – yes! and receive a $120 reduction on the tour price – your bike must be suitable for off road conditions and you will be responsible for all maintenance/repairs as we do not stock parts for other makes/models – just ask if you’re not sure!
We are currently busye rebooking our 2020 & 2021 tours which we “hibernated” due to Covid 19. Please fill in our booking form from this website with your preferred dates, or feel free to email us directly as well at firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on our 2022 bookings wait list. This coming season will be our 10th year operating self-guided tours on the KVR and we hope you will choose to come and celebrate a new decade of adventure with us.
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).
- Please contact us with any questions for the Classic Ride Tour. Custom dates from mid-June to mid-July or September may still be available – please inquire or check our other tour offerings. Book now or send through any inquiries to email@example.com
- We hope to see you in summer 2022 on the KVR!