7 Days/6 Nights – our most popular tour!

  • $1695/person based on double occupancy.
  • Groups of 4+ $1,645 pp, group of 8+ $1,595 per person based on double occupancy.
  • Single Supplement fee: $445 (guaranteed own room for single occupancy)

Overview: This Journey trip encompasses the very best of the KVR from wilderness to vineyards – heritage cottages to exclusive lodges
PLUS a layover day at beautiful Idabel Lake – the summit of the KVR and midway through the tour
PLUS a stay at the spectacular Myra Canyon Ranch B&B

Trip Rating Moderate: The KVR Trail is mostly a wilderness trail and offers up variable conditions – this tour includes a layover day at the “summit” of the trail in a relaxing alpine lakeside location!

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Start at Rock Creek, End point: Penticton B.C. Canada
DEPARTURE TIME 8AM you will get dropped off at the starting point
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Day 1: Departure - Rock Creek

The excitement and anticipation builds as we meet you this morning in Rock Creek. An introduction to the trail includes fitting your bikes and a safety briefing, and then we run through the entire route with you in detail with our custom maps and route directions…and then you’re on your way!

The clear, cool water of the Kettle River swirls gently past, an eagle soars overhead, a deer flicks an ear as you pedal beneath towering ponderosa pines, past the rolling ranch lands of Rock Creek. Your journey has begun….

Silence ensues as you veer west following the West Kettle River, the forest thickens, and as the sun shines brightly overhead you may scramble down the riverbank to glide into a shady pool, refreshing before continuing the slow gentle grade uphill.

A grand log lodge awaits with your evening meal and tales of forests and the railway from those who are one with this nearly forgotten area before you lay your head down to rest in the lovely quiet, cool room – reflecting on your first day of this new wilderness experience.


Shuttle from Penticton to Rock Creek included today.
Cycling distance: 24 km (flat to slight uphill grade)
Meals included: Dinner
Accommodation: log house B&B by the river
Options! Your Day 1 can also be substituted with accommodation only in Penticton and a shuttle on Day 2: then cycle Rock Creek to Beaverdell for your first day cycling (distance 48 km)

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Day 2: Taurus Canyon

Awakening to aromas of hot waffles you rise to watch the myriad of hummingbirds buzzing past at high speed igniting your spirit to venture off on the trail again. Through Taurus canyon when in early summer the meltwaters rage through in torrents, then into summer and autumn the pools here offer up still waters for a cool dip and a perfect picnic location.

Watch for deer and black bear as you near Beaverdell, a step into the past of BC’s rich silver and nickel mining history. A short day today rewards you with an afternoon relaxing by the river on a sandy shore.


Cycling Distance: 24 km (slight to steady uphill grade – 1-1.5%)
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner hamper
Accommodation: Cottage/Heritage Cabin
Options! Combine cycling days 1 & 2 for a longer ride today of 48 km

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Day 3: Forest & Alpine Lakes

Dawn beckons and with your longest uphill day ahead its time for an early start – with your cycle legs now accustomed to the trail, it’s a steady ride up, up up – the stillness nearly overwhelming as you hear only your breathe, the river, birds, the breeze in the trees.

You are well rewarded at the summit today – your lakeside resort offering refreshing swimming, a stocked kitchen full of food to enjoy over the next two days as you rest from the uphill journey – relax on the dock, paddle a canoe, hike the trails, listen to the call of the loons….watch for a moose in the reeds and lily pads.


Cycling distance: 56 km (1.5-1.9% steady uphill grade)
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner hamper
Accommodation: Lakeside Resort

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Day 4: Layover day! hiking, canoeing, relaxing!

Layover day! your comfortable cottage or lakeside suite will have all the comforts to relax the day away – take a canoe or rowboat out on the peaceful lake, watch the loons, go fishing or a hike through the woods. This is your day to relax and just simply breath in the fresh mountain air!

No cycling today – hiking/canoeing
Meals included: Breakfast, lunch and dinner hampers
Accommodation: Lakeside Resort

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Day 5: Trestles of Myra Canyon

Now you are eager to return to the bike and its a day of excitement as you near the giant trestles of Myra Canyon – 18 massive structures and tunnels take you around this horseshoe shaped canyon, now descending, an extraordinary but easy ride you can take your time as you cycle through this remarkable engineering feat. You are treated tonight to a stay at the spectacular European inspired lodging of Myra Canyon Ranch.

Cycling distance: 39 km (initial short climb, then flat/downhill)
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch, dinner hamper
Accommodation: B&B

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Day 6: Chute Lake, Rock Ovens, Naramata vineyards & village

After an abundant breakfast, returning to the trail it is a downhill ride into the quaint village of Naramata. All senses alert as you watch for moose tracks near the historic Chute Lake Lodge, then whizzing downhill, the Okanagan Lake a sparkling gem beneath you. Stop in along the last few kilometres at some of the Naramata Bench wineries and taste the bounty of this region. This evening enjoy the small village charm from your Inn or Resort stay.

Cycling distance: 68 km (downhill .5 – 2.2% trail grade)
Meals included: Breakfast, packed lunch (dinner on own with options in Naramata)
Accommodation: Heritage Inn or Beach Resort

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Day 7: Penticton - Orchards & beaches

All at once you are embarking on the last short ride of your KVR Wilderness experience….challenge yourself with a morning 5 km climb, or opt for the shuttle and go for a “hero’s” ride downhill through orchards and vineyards into Penticton.

Cycling distance: 16-21 km (uphill 5 km optional challenge, or downhill 2% grade)
Meals included: Breakfast
Options! Add a layover day in Naramata gives you opportunities to enjoy the wineries of the famous “Naramata Bench”. A morning shuttle takes you back up to the Bench to visit the wineries before wandering back down – or pedal out along Naramata Bench Road and visit a winery for lunch, 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. This is a fabulous way to celebrate your ride and relax.

Well done! You have cycled your way, traveled under your own pedal power over 230 kilometres along river valleys, past alpine lakes, beneath towering forests and finally into orchards and vineyards. The KVR Wilderness Journey complete.

  • 6 days cycling along the KVR from Rock Creek to Penticton plus
  • 1 layover day to explore Idabel Lake – by canoe, rowboat or hiking trails
  • 6 nights accommodation ranging from comfortable cabins to B&B’s, heritage Inns and lodges
  • 16 meals including 6 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 5 dinners
  • 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 – we are never far away should you need assistance however please note! this tour is self-guided and you should be confident in changing a flat tire. We can provide you with instruction should you need.
  • 3 daily cycle bag transfers (note: we include pannier shuttle on the uphill days and can usually provide full transfers on request)
  • shuttle to or from the trail to your start/finish point
  • shuttle from Myra Canyon Ranch and Naramata back to the trail (both are situated 4-5 km off the main trail)

Dates available for 2018:

WJ18-1 • May 25-31
WJ18-2 • Jun 1-7
WJ18-3 • Jun 14-20
WJ18-4 • Jun 23-29
WJ18-5 • Jun 30-Jul 6
WJ18-6 • Jul 15-21
WJ18-7 • Aug 12-18
WJ18-8 • Aug 17-23
WJ18-9 • Aug 23-29
WJ18-10 • Sep 2-8
WJ18-11 • Sep 6-12
WJ18-12 • Sep13-18

Tour Reviews

5.00 based on 1 review
October 3, 2017

I am still wallowing in memories of our great time on the KVR and they will definitely stay for a long time! Thank you so much for organizing this trip together for the three of us. We loved every aspect of it – the bikes were very comfortable and reliable.

Thank you so much again for an amazing experience. You had planned out the minutest details on this trip, and everything in your logistics worked out so well. We also enjoyed the changing and different scenery and conditions along the trail, although we did find the sandy sections quite challenging – but that is part of an adventure! I will certainly recommend this trip to other friends, and I am sure that others would just enjoy it as much as us three grandmothers!

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