Cycling the Carmi Subdivision – Midway to Penticton
Planning a trip along the KVR is not always as simple as it may seem! Accommodation can be limited, detours and obstacles along the way, shuttles to get you to/from the start of the trail – where to get food?! So! let us take the guess work out for you – from bike rentals to organizing your shuttles to helping you plan the perfect itinerary – KVR Cycle Tours is with you every pedal stroke of the way!
Self-guided tours from 4- 6 days of Midway to Penticton is our specialty on the KVR. Choose from our listed dates, or if they don’t suit your time frame, just send us an email and we’ll see what we can arrange for you. Discounts apply for groups, so gather up some friends! If you are looking for more support, some surprisingly special, only available through KVR Cycle Tours itinerary accommodation, information and guidance, trail tips, someone to shuttle your luggage (and wine?!) – that’s us!
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If you’re definitely a DIY person, there is plenty of information available throughout this website to help you.
The 215 kilometre stretch from Midway/Mile 0 to Penticton is a popular section to ride as a multi day trip.
You can add on to either end of the trail joining up with Greenwood east of Midway or continue on the Spur Route South from Penticton south to Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos.
Finishing with a day on the road, you can even make a full loop trip, from Midway to Midway via Osoyoos (but a word of caution – there’s a mountain to climb to do so!”) And of course you can pick shorter sections of the trail – see “Suggested Itineraries” on this page for all these options.
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Cycling Midway to Penticton will take an average of 5 days to complete the entire route averaging 43 km/day. It is described here from east to west but of course you can do it in either direction. Cycling in the east to west direction will mean you are steadily gaining elevation to Chute Lake, but at a very gentle grade. You then finish with some good downhill sections and switchbacks and coast into Penticton through vineyards and orchards – nice way to end the trip!
18.2 km: Midway to Rock Creek
Starting from behind the Kettle River Museum in Midway, the terrain is relatively flat as you cycle through rolling farmland valleys following the Kettle River west to Rock Creek. You will pass through a number of gates on this section – please be sure to close them behind you.
14.8 km: Rock Creek to Westbridge
From here the trail begins to head northwest to Westbridge which is a the junction of the Kettle River and the West Kettle River at km 33. Although the trail is climbing throughout this section, it is at a very gentle grade.
35 km: Westbridge to Beaverdell
From Westbridge the trail continues north following the West Kettle River to Beaverdell at km 68. Turn left at Rhone Road to visit the Kettle River Caboose at Paul Lataurd’s Cyclists rest stop. Follow this past the Little Dipper Campground until you see the trail again on your left. Continue on to Beaverdell through the gorge and slightly uphill.
53 km: Beaverdell to Idabel & McCulloch Lakes
From Beaverdell there is quite a long stretch between villages and services so be sure to plan ahead. Arlington Lakes is a lovely lunch spot about midway, then continue to climb to the lakes region of Idabel Lake (slightly off the trail) and McCulloch Lake (Hydraulic Lake) at Km 121.
14 km: McCulloch Lake to Myra Canyon
Arriving at Myra Canyon at Km 135 you will be approximately 1000 metres above the city of Kelowna. It is well worth taking your time here and
stopping for plenty of photos as you cross the 18 trestle bridges over the canyon. If you are planning an extended layover at Kelowna you can depart the trail at either either end of the canyon – Myra Station or Ruth Station. Just beware the ride back up will be challenging!
36.4 km: Myra Canyon to Chute Lake
The next stop is Chute Lake with a rustic Lodge, full of character! camping and some supplies at km 171.4. There are paddle boats you can hire and be sure to try the pie!
26.6 or 43.6: Chute Lake to Naramata & Penticton
From Chute Lake the trail descends and you will now know have much you have actually climbed as you look out over the beautiful Okanagan Lake and valley. Be careful on some sandy sections, especially later in summer. We highly recommend a stop over in Naramata but beware the climb back to the trail. Or continue through tunnels, vineyards and orchards to Penticton at Km 215.