“What I enjoyed most about the trip was the guides-nothing was too much for them and the food quality and quantity was 1st class. It's hard to improve on perfection”
– George Smekal,
Nanoose Bay, BC who, at 79 yrs completed stage 1, 2, 3 on our July, 2010 trips.
Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.
12-16 participants expected
7 days/ 6 nights
(5 riding days)
20-37+ miles daily
The railgrade has a maximum grade of 2%
Land Cost (current year):
Includes all meals
Bike Rental :
Vancouver or Hope to Beaverdell: CAD$85
Princeton to Beaverdell: CAD$65
Princeton to Hope or Vancouver: CAD$55
Kettle Valley Trail, Biking
Stage 2: Beaverdell to Princeton
This tour incorporates the classic Kettle Valley line with overnights at McCulloch Lake, Chute Lake, West Summerland, Chain Lake and Princeton. We’ll average 55 km (34 miles) per day with highlights to include Myra Canyon and wine sampling in the Okanagan region of British Columbia's interior.
*The July tour will support TheBigWild.org to help raise awareness and funding for Canada's wild places. **The August tour will coincide with the 3rd Annual Princeton Traditional Music Festival, and promises to be a festive trip! (please note that the August tour will start from Arlington Lakes and finish in Princeton)
For those who have booked transportation from Vancouver, we transfer by van to Beaverdell, stopping in Hope for lunch and to pick up those who would prefer to leave their cars there and then in Princeton for those that wish to leave their cars there. We arrive to our campsite west of Beaverdell late afternoon. Alternatively, Greyhound offers early morning bus service from Vancouver, arriving to Beaverdell midafternoon.
Beaverdell to McCulloch Lake
Our ride today passes the ghost town of Carmi before continuing through the lush valley that gave the railway line its name. We’ll lunch at Arlington Lakes and then continue on to Hydraulic Lake where we overnight.
Distance: 53 km.
McCulloch Lake to Chute Lake
We’ll ride the spectacular Myra Canyon. It was here in 2003 that a fire ravaged the famous wooden trestles that had been a major attraction of the trail; all trestles have been re-built and re-opened in 2008. We'll reach Chute Lake late afternoon where our campsite is lakeside with boating and swimming available. Distance: 53 km.
Chute Lake to West Summerland
Today, it's a scenic downhill coast into Penticton. En route we’ll visit the rock ovens built by the railway builders to bake their bread in. We’ll stop for lunch and wine tasting at a prominent winery and then visit an interesting railway museum in Penticton. From Penticton to Summerland you have the option to ride the railbed up and over 73 meter high Trout Creek bridge, the highest of its type in North America. Dinner will be at our campsite a few hundred meters from Okanagan Lake; on some trips we are joined by a band of banjo playing, railway story spinning musicians. Distance: 64 km.
West Summerland to Chain Lake
West of Summerland there is new Trans-Canada Trail to Faulder; the trail between Faulder and Kathleen Creek (which a new bridge now crosses) was much improved in 2010. We pass a number of pristine lakes, staying overnight at one of the best campsites on the kvr at Osprey Lake. Distance: 64 km.
Osprey Lake to Princeton
We ride downhill to Princeton through some of the most beautiful scenery in British Columbia. Our ride will finish after crossing the newly built 'Bridge of Dreams' a cycling and pedestrian bridge completed in 2010 thanks to a determined Vermilion Trails Society, the City of Princeton and generous funders.Visit the local museum here and then reach our campsite located on the Tulameen River. On our August trip, we'll join in the festivities at the Princeton Music Festival. What a way to finish our adventure! Distance: 46 km.
Van transport will leave from Princeton after breakfast for Vancouver or you can return on Greyhound (morning departure arrives Vancouver midafternoon). For those continuing with Stage 3, please refer to the Stage 3 Itinerary.
Map of the Area
What's Included in the Cost of Your Trip?
- services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
- 6 nights camping
- all breakfasts, lunches & dinners (appetizers daily, gourmet meals, lots of variety, vegetarians gladly accommodated)
- entrance fees for selected historical sites and museums
- detailed map, route instructions and Great Explorations Travel Guide
- all baggage transportation
- all transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (see arrive/depart cities)
Goods and Services Tax (HST) of 12% must be charged on trips in Canada.
Please note: Final itinerary is subject to revision; any changes made are done so in an attempt to provide the best possible trip given route conditions and available services. Due to the nature of our business and exchange rates, prices are subject to change. All prices quoted are U.S. dollars but we gladly accept payment in Canadian dollars also. Due to cancellations and waiting lists, trip availability fluctuates daily. If you have any questions or would like to confirm space on this trip before making your reservation, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone at 604.730.1247