Kettle Valley Tour (self-guided)

Overview

Kettle Valley Tour (Self-Guided)

On our self-guided Kettle Valley Tour  you cycle predominantly on converted Rail Trails from the Kootenays in British Columbia (BC) to Vancouver at the Pacific Coast. Most of the time you will be travelling on the gem of the Trans Canada Trail through Western Canada’s wilderness. On this tour you stay at indoor accommodations only.

Your adventure trip starts at Castlegar Airport in Southern BC with your pickup at 18:00.

This bike tour on the Trans Canada Trail in British Columbia is designed for experienced recreational cyclists (multi-day bike trips) who prefer to ride this rail corridor through the wilderness self-guided in a small group. We invite you to view our tour itineraries:

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Pickup Castlegar Airport, BC

Pickup after arrival at Castlegar airport (please tell us the arrival time). We transfer our self-guided guests to a small B & B in Casttlegar for two nights.

Castlegar Airport

Day 2: Slocan – Castlegar, 65 km / 80 m uphill

After a short transfer you bike on the scenic Columbia & Kootenay Railway along the Slocan River. During your lunch break at ‘Nature Park’ near Winlaw you might feel invited for a swim. You stay again at the B & B on the outskirts of Castlegar.

Day 3: Castlegar – Christina Lake, 52 or 74 km / 800 m uphill

In a wilderness setting with incredible views of Lower Arrow Lake you pedal a gradual 2% grade on the Columbia & Western Railway up to the summit of Farron. You cross a few trestles and walk through Bulldog Tunnel (almost 1 km long). Then you begin your descent into Christina Lake, where you stay for one night.

Cycle the scenic Columbia & Kootenay Railway along the Slocan River

Day 4: Christina Lake – Greenwood, 65 km / 60 m uphill

Today you pedal up to the former railroad divisional point Eholt, then down through the sleepy former mining town of Greenwood.

Cycle the Columbia & Western Railway

Day 5: Greenwood – Rock Creek, 41 km / 480 m uphill

From this division point of the Columbia & Western and the Kettle Valley railways you cycle on the legendary Kettle Valley Railway. Near Rock Creek you spend two nights at an idyllic B & B.

Descend to popular Christina Lake

Day 6: Rock Creek free day

Glide in a canoe down the Kettle River, visit the Heritage Museum in Midway, ride to Conkle Lake or just relax in the hammock and unwind, enjoy the hospitality of your kind hosts … .

Pedal through Grand Forks and Midway

Day 7: Rock Creek – Beaverdell, 65 km / 190 m uphill

Cycle along the beautiful Kettle River. Admire Paul Lautard’s hospitable ‘Cyclists Rest Stop’ with various Kettle Valley railroad relics. Overnight in the near-ghost town Beaverdell.

Bed & Breakfast Rock Creek - Kettle Valley Cycling Tours

Day 8: Beaverdell – McCulloch Lake, 55 km / 480 m uphill

Your uphill ride today passes the ghost town of Carmi. Have lunch at picturesque Arlington Lake which invites you to go for a swim. Stay at a pleasant B & B near McCulloch Lake, named after the legendary Kettle Valley Railway engineer.

Cycle along the beautiful Kettle River

Day 9: McCulloch Lake – Chute Lake, 50 km

Today’s ride you might remember as the most spectacular part of your bike tour on the Trans Canada Trail in BC: cycle through the impressive gorge of Myra Canyon with 18 wooden trestles and enjoy magnificent views of Okanagan Lake. Lodge at rustic Chute Lake Resort.

Wildlife on Beaverdale - MuCulloch Lake Cycle

Day 10: Chute Lake – Penticton, 45

Your scenic descent to Penticton will provide you with remarkable vistas of Okanagan Lake, vineyards and orchards as you are approaching ‘Canada’s fruit basket’ at the shores of Okanagan Lake. You lodge at a motel close to the lake.

Cycle Tour - Trans Canada Trail in BC

Day 11: Penticton – Summerland, 30 km

End of 11-day version
Participants of the 11-day version of our tour end their tour with us this morning in Penticton.

Participants of the 18-day version continue to travel with us to Vancouver. 
 As you leave town, the railroad hugs the hillside as it climbs up along Sage Mesa. Spectacular views of the Okanagan Valley accompany you as you are approaching Trout Creek bridge, with 73 meters the highest of its type in North America. Tonight you lodge at a cozy log house Guest Ranch. Does anyone want to horseback ride in the surrounding hills?

Cycle through Pentiction, Okanagan, BC

Day 12: Summerland – Bankeir, 58 km / 550 m uphill

Are you up to a relaxing ride on the nostalgic Kettle Valley Railway steam train through lush orchards and vineyards? From Prairie Valley Station you cycle along Trout Creek on the rail trail to Bankeir at the Chain Lakes. You overnight at a charming B & B that serves sumptuous meals overlooking Chain Lake.

Bicycle tours through spectacular Okanagan Valley

Day 13: Bankeir – Princeton, 42 km

On today’s descent you bike in railway loops through open range-land with impressive views. You overnight at a beautiful log chalet with a lovely ambiance of the Princeton Castle Resort. Famous stagecoach and train robber Bill Miner was hiding in this area and legend has it that part of his booty can still be found in the hills …

Cycle along Trout Creek on the rail trail

Day 14: Princeton – Tulameen, 35 km / 120 m uphill

This ride will take you along the Tulameen River through a narrow valley. Its steep rust-coloured cliffs provide a contrasting backdrop to the green pines, golden sand beach, and blue waters of the Tulameen River. A gold rush took place here in 1885 and some prospectors still search for their fortunes. You stay at a small motel near Otter Lake.

Bike in railway loops near Pricneton, BC

Day 15: Tulameen – Coquilhalla Lake, 50 km / 250 m uphill

You cycle along Otter Lake via the former important railway town Brookmere. Almost a ghost town now it has been able to preserve some of its railroad heritage. You end today’s ride with a possible bath in the Coldwater River.

Tulameen River ride - Kettle Valley bicycle tour

Day 16: Coquihalla Lakes – Hope, 60 km / 260 m uphill

On your last exhilarating downhill ride magnificent views of the surrounding mountains intrigue you! Near Hope you pass the spectacular Othello Tunnels, together with Myra Canyon trestles another engineering masterpiece of Mr. McCulloch. You celebrate your bicycle adventure through the wilderness of British Columbia.

Cycle along Otter Lake via Brookmere

Day 17: Hope – Vancouver, 150 km (transfer)

You will be transported with Greyhound bus through the Fraser Valley to Vancouver. Enjoy this vibrant cosmopolitan city at BC’s West Coast. You overnight at a conveniently located motel near Stanley Park.

Bicycle adventure through the wilderness of British Columbia

Day 18: Vancouver – tour end

This morning your tour with us ends. You may extend your stay in Vancouver.

Through the Fraser Valley to Vancouver

We reserve the right to change course before the tour.

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Dates & Prices

Tour information and travel options

Please find below our tour dates, accommodation specifics and bicycle specifics with prices. They will help you fill out our Registration form. All prices are in Canadian dollars and include all applicable taxes. All tour prices are per person, and are based on double occupancy. Choosing your own tour dates may be possible. Please enquire.

Choose from CLASSIC ( 18 nights ) and COMPACT (11 nights) Tours

Wählen Sie zwischen der CLASSIC-Tour (18 Reisetage) und der COMPACT-Tour (11 Reisetage).

Code dates 2016 rates (in CAD)

11-day version

KVR-SG1 possible every day CAD 2.350

18-day version

KVR-SG2 possible every day CAD 3.360

 

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Benefits Package

Our self-guided tours are not all-inclusive

Regarding our payment and cancellation terms please view our Travel Terms & Conditions

Our extensive benefits package includes:

Pre-Trip Amenities

  • Packet with details about pre-tour preparations, equipment, bringing own bicycle, etc.
  • List of tour participants
  • Health certificate
  • List of accommodations
  • Tour itinerary.

During Tour

  • All lodging at indoor accommodations (CLASSIC: hotels; Bed & Breakfasts; resorts; guest ranch; once basic log cabin; COMPACT: Bed & Breakfasts; resorts; hotel; once basic log cabin;
  • Meals: Breakfast eight times (CLASSIC), breakfast six times (COMPACT);
  • All for your Individual-Tour required transfers (cyclists, luggage & bikes) from your arrival at Castlegar Airport on day 1, 2, 3, 6, 13, 16, 17, 18 to your arrival in Vancouver with CLASSIC; on day 1, 2, 3, 6 to Penticton with COMPACT;
  • Transport of one piece of luggage (suitcase or travel bag or backpack), and hand luggage from accommodation to accommodation;
  • Return of the rented bikes from Hope (CLASSIC) and Penticton (COMPACT) to our home base;
  • Extensive information, including route descriptions, with marked route and legend provided coloured maps, brochures;

Optional upgrade

Accommodation

Solo traveller

Single supplements are limited and must be requested at the time of your initial registration.

  • private room for 18 nights at supplemental charge of $ 1,580 (CLASSIC), private room for eleven nights at supplemental charge of $ 980 (COMPACT)
  • Solo travellers who booked “double occupancy” need to pay 50% of the single room rate, i. e. $ 790 with CLASSIC, $ 490 with COMPACT, if a same-sex roommate can’t be found.

Additional costs

  • Rental of one of our Rocky Mountain mountain bikes: $ 330 CLASSIC, $ 240 COMPACT.
  • Meals not mentioned: from about $ 300 to $ 600, depending on your meal arrangement. Upon request we will book your warm dinner at isolated accommodations for you.
  • Any additional transportation that we do not provide.

Discounts for participants

    • $ 100 if we receive your application before 15 May 2012.
    • $ 100 for each group member, when at least four people sign up together and participate in the trip.
    • $ 100 if you have cycled with us before.

Deposit

      • Your deposit payment is due as you receive our final invoice, so we can reserve your space.
      • Your balance payment is due no later than 28 days prior to the beginning of your tour (without reminder).

Getting Here

Castlegar Airport’: http://www.wkrairport.ca/


Register

Have we piqued your curiosity? Would you like to experience this unique cycling tour on the Trans Canada Trail  in beautiful British Columbia?

Click here to fill out our online registration form. Book your Kettle Valley Self Guided Bicycle Tour today!

 

Questions?

If you have an questions about our tours, we are happy to help. Please contact us, and we will get in touch with you as soon as possible. You can also call us at 1.250.358.2153.

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