Kettle Valley Tour

Overview

Kettle Valley Tour Map

On our escorted Kettle Valley Tour we cycle predominantly on converted Rail Trails from the Kootenays in British Columbia (BC) to Vancouver at the Pacific Coast. Most of the time we will be travelling on the gem of the Trans Canada Trail through Western Canada’s wilderness. This bike tour is designed for recreational cyclists who like to combine riding on this rail corridor through the wilderness with the comfort & security of an escorted group. Upgrades from Camping to indoor accommodation are possible. This tour has typically 7 to 16 participants.

Our adventure trip starts in Calgary. Participants of the CLASSIC version of our Kettle Valley Tour will travel for 19 days to Vancouver. Participants of the COMPACT version of this tour will travel together with CLASSIC participants for 13 days to Penticton in the Okanagan Valley. We cycle 35 to 70 km per riding day. On our CLASSIC tours we ride 14 days for a total distance of about 750 km. On our COMPACT tours we ride 9 days for a total distance of about 500 km. The remaining days are rest days and transfer days. We invite you to view our tour itineraries:

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Pick up from the airport in Calgary

Arrive at Calgary airport (not included in the price) by 6pm at the latest. At the airport you will receive a warm welcome to Canada from our tour guide! Transfer to your hotel.

 

Day 2: Calgary

In the morning we will have time to explore Calgary. Calgary Tower and Glenbow Museum are among the attractions that we should visit. Transfer to Canmore in the afternoon.

Day 3: Hiking in Glacier National Park

We leave Canmore and go with our bus to Nakusp. On our way, we will pass through the Glacier National Park, which is located in the Rocky Mountains range. Here, we can not only stretch our legs a bit but also take in some of the fascinating surrounding landscapes. We will enjoy a delicious picnic before continuing the transfer to Nakusp, where our rental bikes will be waiting for us.

 

Castlegar Airport

Day 4: Slocan – Crescent Valley: ca. 45 km / no elevation

Today we cycle along the Slocan River on a track beside the picturesque Columbia & Kootenay Railway, which was once a part of the impressive Canadian Pacific Railway. We will spend our lunch break relaxing in the Nature Park at Winlaw. If you’re brave enough, you will be able to swim in the river – a true Canadian experience! We stay overnight in a motel in Castlegar.

 

Carpenter Creek in a gondola - Kettle Valley Bicycle Tour

Day 5: Castlegar – Grand Forks: ca. 60 km / 800 meters in elevation

Passing through very remote country, and with incredibly beautiful views to the Lower Arrow Lake, we will be cycling a long stretch of the Columbia & Western Railway, overcoming a 2% incline, all the way up to the Farron Pass. We cross several bridges and push our bicycles through the Bulldog tunnel (almost 1 km in length, don’t forget your headlights!). Once we arrive at the Hermit Lodge in Paulson, some small refreshments and our bus which will take us to our accommodation in Grand Forks, will be waiting for us. After today’s long climbs, this will be a well-deserved treat.

 

Cycling through Bulldog Tunnel near Arrow Lakes, BC

Day 6: Grand Forks – Midway: ca. 55 km / 430 meters in elevation

Well rested, we cycle up to the former railway junction at Eholt, followed by an easy ride down through the sleepy but romantic former mining town of Greenwood, the “smallest city in Canada”. Here we enjoy a coffee in the rustic saloon which gives a sense of experiencing a bygone era. Midway represents the end of the Columbia & Western railroad track and we now come to the legendary Kettle Valley Railway track, which opened in 1915. However, it has long since closed down.

 

Biking through Greenwood and Midway, BC

Day 7: Midway: Day of Rest

Today, you can put your feet up! You have earned a day off. Relax in a hammock or take a canoe trip on the Kettle River (optional).

 

Canoing down the Kettle River - Kettle Valley Tour

Day 8: Rock Creek – Beaverdell: ca. 65 km / 190 meters in elevation

Today, there is a short transfer to Rock Creek. We once again climb onto our bicycles and ride along the idyllic Kettle River. We will have a lunch break at Paul Lautard’s inviting “Rest Stop” with its many relics from the years when the Kettle Valley Railway was active. With loads of humor and a wink here and there, the elderly owner knows how to tell a good story. As we continue along the route, we will stop again to bathe in the Bull Creek Canyon. A gorgeous experience! We spend the night in Beaverdell which, with only 120 inhabitants, resembles a ghost town.

 

Cycling Tours along Kettle River, BC

Day 9: McCulloch Lake – Myra Canyon – Kelowna: ca. 50 km / no elevation

Again, there will be a short transfer in the morning. Today’s trip starts at McCulloch Lake and is considered one of the most spectacular sections of our bike ride on the Trans Canada Trail: we will ride our bikes through the impressive gorge of Myra Canyon and over 18 wooden bridges, formerly used by the railway, and enjoy fantastic views to Okanagan Lake. Our accommodation for tonight will be a simple lodge at the beautifully situated Chute Lake.

 

Bike tour on the Trans Canada Trail in BC

Day 10: Chute Lake – Penticton: ca. 65 km / no elevation

A scenic bike ride with fabulous views of Okanagan Lake, passing by vineyards and orchards. Until the 1970s there was still a railway here and what a beautifully scenic route it must have been! We are approaching Canada’s “fruit basket”, the Okanagan Valley and the shores of the impressive Okanagan Lake. We proceed along the shores of Lake Skaha to the Okanagan Falls. From there we transfer to our hotel in Oliver.

 

Bike along vistas of Okanagan Lake, vineyards and orchards

Day 11: Oliver – Osoyoos: Day of Rest

Today we can just relax in the sun. Anyone who is interested, can join a trip (by minibus) to the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Center in Osoyoos, 20 km north of the US border. Here a local leader of the Indian tribe will provide us with a lot of useful information and interesting facts about the tribe’s history and culture, and also about the nature, flora and fauna of the local desert steppe. Interesting films and exhibitions give insights into the original way of life of this area. Together we will take the minibus back to our accommodation and enjoy a delicious dinner. There will also be a short stop at the interesting Spotted Lake.

 

Tour a reconstructed First Nations Okanagan village

Day 12: Train Ride – Bicycle Tour to Jellicoe Station, ca. 40 km / no elevation

This morning, we take the nostalgic Kettle Valley Railway steam train and enjoy the historic, leisurely drive through lush orchards and vineyards. The steam locomotive puffs and shakes as befits an engine which has quite a few miles under its belt already! At the end of the train ride our bikes will be waiting for us and we ride to our beautiful accommodation at Jellicoe station.

 

 

Day 13: Jellicoe Station – Princeton: ca. 42 km / no elevation

Just a few kilometers after passing the old water tower “Fifty Mile Tank”, you will reach the slightly shorter Erris tunnel (91 m), which you can easily cycle through. Picturesque views to the Similkameen Valley and a route through open grassland characterize this day. The trail winds comfortably downhill with wildflowers all around. Here, again, the constructor, McCulloch, had to overcome the great slope that led down to Princeton, which is why the railway goes down to the city in three exceptional sections with a gradient of max. 2.2%. It was in this area that the coach and train robber Bill Miner once hid, and legend has it that some of his loot is buried in the local hills waiting to be discovered. So you might want to go on a treasure hunt today! Or simply relax in front of your accommodation, an area which is frequently visited by deer.

 

Pedal a backroad along the scenic Similkameen River to Princeton

Day 14: Departure

The bus takes us to the Greyhound station, from where we can take the Greyhound bus to Vancouver. Without having to change buses, you will reach Vancouver after a comfortable 5-hour ride. We reserve the right to change the itinerary due to local conditions.

 

20-Day Version

Day 14: Princeton – Otter Lake: ca. 40 km / 120 meters in elevation

In Princeton, the Similkameen River meets the Tulameen River, which we will follow today by bike. The river winds through a narrow valley surrounded by towering rust-colored cliffs. The contrast between the fresh green of the pines, the golden sand of the river banks and the gorgeous blue waters of the river is breath-taking. It was here, in 1885, where the gold rush took place, and there are still people chasing their luck searching for Gold here today. We will end today relaxing at the idyllic Otter Lake.

 

Princeton to Otter Lake - Kettle Valley Bicycle Tour

Day 15: Otter Lake – Coquilha Lakes: ca. 50 km / 250 meters in elevation

Today we cycle along Otter Lake, then through the narrow valley at Frembd Lake and finally through the once significant railway village of Brookmere. Today, it is almost a ghost town, but you can still see a lot of well-preserved artefacts left over from the town’s railway days. We are now very close to the Pacific coast and the temperature rises significantly. Refresh yourself with a dip in the Coldwater River, which accompanies us along this stage of our journey. En route to Coquihalla station, we have to climb a long slope with an increase of about 0.8%. The ground is not always easy and requires full concentration. However, the typical Canadian landscape, the pine trees lining the road, and the Coquihalla River foaming white and carving its way downstream, certainly make up for the effort expended.

Day 16: Coquilha Lakes – Hope: ca. 60 km / 250 meters in elevation

Today we continue cycling and it is going to be spectacular. On our last breath-taking downhill section, we will be amazed by the fascinating views of the mountains that surround us. Near Hope, we cycle through the spectacular Othello tunnels, which, like the Myra Canyon Bridge, are an engineering-masterpiece. While the white foaming river beside us thunders down the gorge, we cycle through the tunnels which have been blasted through the solid rock. Again, we will need to make use of our headlights!

 

Plunge in the Coldwater River on your bike tour

Day 17: Hope – Fort Langley (Transfer)

At the national historic site of Fort Langley, the crown colony of British Columbia was proclaimed in 1858. So, in a sense, we visit the birthplace of B.C. and learn in a tour, through the restored Fort, more about the then thriving fur trade, the gold rush and the importance of the fort. We have the afternoon to relax.

 

Interpretive tour at the restored fort in Fort Langley

Day 18: Fort Langley – Port Moody / Vancouver: ca. 60 km / 230 meters in elevation

Today we approach Vancouver. On a multifaceted cycle route running along rivers and dykes, through forests and parks, we continue to cycle the idyllic Trans Canada Trail to Port Moody, a small town on the outskirts of Vancouver. A short transfer by minibus brings us to the nearby Stanley Park Hotel, where we will spend the next two nights.

 

Kettle Valley Cycling Tours

Day 19: Vancouver – ca. 20 km

We arrived at the finish line! Vancouver – the metropolis of western Canada. Framed by the North Shore Mountains, Vancouver itself is quite flat and ideal for today’s gentle bike ride with which we finish our trip. We cycle through Stanley Park, where many totem poles stand in tribute to local Indian history. We then ride our bikes to China Town and to the world’s first steam clock in Gastown.

 

Bike tour of Vancouver: Stanley Park, English Bay, Chinatown, and Gastown.

Day 20: Departure

In the morning (around 10am), the group transfer to Vancouver airport. It is time to say goodbye. The guide says his good-byes to the group at the airport. Of course, if you wish, you may extend your stay and remain in Vancouver for a few more days.

 

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.

Choose from our 14-day version and our 20-day version

 

booking code dates 2015 Price (in CAD)

14-day version

TCT1 Monday, 06th July – Sunday, 19th July CAD 3.990
TCT3 Monday, 03rd August – Sunday, 16th August CAD 3.990

20-day version

TCT2 Monday, 06th July – Saturday, 25th July CAD 4.550
TCT4 Monday, 03rd August – Saturday, 22nd August CAD 4.550

 


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Benefits Package

Our escorted tours are all-inclusive

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

Our extensive benefits package includes:

Leistungen

14-day version

  • All lodging (13 nights): Resorts, Hotels, Guest Ranch, Bed & Breakfast, One basic log cabin

  • All meals: from arrival afternoon Calgary Airport to Penticton at noon

  • Pickup at Calgary Airport and transfer to accommodation

  • Transfer to bus terminal Princeton on day 14

  • All transfers and desired rides in our minibus during our trip

  • Transport of one piece of luggage (suitcase or travel bag or backpack) and hand luggage in our support vehicle

  • Transport of your own / rented bicycles during tour and return of the rented bicycles to our home base

  • One experienced guide

  • experienced cook & driver of support vehicle

  • Extensive information

  • Ride on the nostalgic Kettle Valley Railway Steam Train

20-day version

  • All lodging (13 nights): Resorts, Hotels, Guest Ranch, Bed & Breakfast, One basic log cabin

  • All meals: from arrival afternoon Calgary Airport to Vancouver morning

  • Pickup at Calgary Airport and transfer to accommodation

  • Transfer to airport Vancouver on day 20

  • All transfers and desired rides in our minibus during our trip

  • Transport of one piece of luggage (suitcase or travel bag or backpack) and hand luggage in our support vehicle

  • Transport of your own / rented bicycles during tour and return of the rented bicycles to our home base

  • One experienced guide

  • experienced cook & driver of support vehicle

  • Extensive information

  • Ride on the nostalgic Kettle Valley Railway Steam Train

  • guided tour in Fort Langley

  • guided tour in Vancouver

Optional upgrades

Accommodation

Solo traveller

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

The supplemental charge for a private room is:

14-day version $ 850

20-day version $ 1.290

travellers who booked ‘double occupancy’ pay 50% of the supplemental charge if no roommate of the same gender can be found.

Additional costs

  • Rental of one of our Rocky Mountain mountain bikes: ($ 330 Classic Tour / $240 Compact Tour )
  • Meals after our arrival in Vancouver / alcohol beverages
  • Any additional transportation that we do not provide
  • Gratuity for guides & cook

Discounts for participants

  • 3% if we receive your application before 5 months before start of the tour.

Deposit

  • Your deposit payment  (20% of the price) is due as you receive our 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).

 

Register

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

Click here to fill out our online registration form. Book your Kettle Valley 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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