Cycle the KVR

Thousands of people visit the KVR every year!

Depart from the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort to enjoy an amazing biking experience. The Kettle Valley Cycling Tours shuttle takes you up to the Kettle Valley Railway where our guides will lead you along 12 kilometers of trail encountering two tunnels and 18 trestles.

Bikes, guides, snack and water provided.

Kettle Valley Cycling Tours will shuttle you back to the Grand Okanagan Resort (or to your destination) or you may choose to cycle back down to Kelowna. For those who wish to make this a full day event; after cycling the KVR, guides could lead you to The Sunset Bistro at Summerhill Winery or Kelowna Land and Orchard for a tour, and return to the Grand Okanagan Resort with you.

Kettle Valley Cycling Tours has teamed up with Air Hart Aviation to bring you the ultimate in safe and awe inspiring adventures. Your day will start off by leaving the docks of the Delta Grand Okanagan Hotel and Resort in a float plane, doing a quick search for “Ogopogo” on the lake and then heading up through the picturesque Myra Canyon trestle area for a true “Birds Eye View ” of the trestles and tunnels. You then continue on up to Idabel Lake where our guides will greet you and have your bikes and equipment ready for you. From there you will ride past some beautiful easy riding trails past 3 upper elevation lakes up to the old McCulluch Lake station where you meet the old Kettle Valley Railway line.

From there you ride on the old KVR line up to the trestles and tunnels, then one of our shuttle drivers will meet you at the end to end your adventure and bring you back down to Kelowna. We can also arrange overnight stay up at Idabel Lake at a wonderful Bed and Breakfast where our tour guides will meet you in the AM to start your tour.

(Advance reservations required)

About the KVR

In 1877, silver was discovered in the Kootenays. The Canadian government soon realized that due to lack of access to the Kootenays, they were losing the silver ore to Americans who had easier access from the south.

To combat this loss of potential wealth, a new railway was commissioned. In 1896, surveying began and by 1898, the railway to the Kootenays from eastern Canada was complete. In 1910, Andrew McCulloch began construction of the Kettle Valley Railway that would connect the Kootenays to the BC coast. Although there were many hardships, the railway was completed in 1916. It soon became known as McCulloch’s Wonder due to the extraordinary engineering involved in its construction. Until 1949, when Highway #3 opened, there was a daily passenger and freight service from Vancouver to Nelson. Due to soaring costs, the Coquihalla section of track was closed in 1962 and in 1964, the KVR was closed.

Today the only section of track where one may experience the feel of rail travel is found at the Prairie Valley Station located in Summerland. A 1912 locomotive called the 3716 or a 1924 Shay powers the train, with two passenger coaches and three open-air cars. The Myra Canyon is one of the most scenic sections of the Kettle Valley Railway. In just over 8km there are 16 wood trestles, 2 steel bridges, and 2 tunnels. In the 2003, the Okanagan Park wildfire destroyed 12 wooden trestles and damaged 2 steel trestles. Work began in October 2004, to restore the damaged trestles. March 21, 2008 the restoration was complete opening the route from the Myra Station entrance to the Ruth Station.

We provide you the shuttle
We point out attractions on the way up the mountain
We provide a guided tour of the trestles and tunnels
We provide you with snacks
We provide you with water
We really recommend bringing your camera
The trail is level ground so no uphill or downhill
We provide comfort cruiser bikes and helmets
In 8km there are 16 wood trestles, 2 steel bridges, and 2 tunnels.

Prices

Starting at $80 per person.
*price dependent on group size
All rentals subject to a $3.00 insurance fee and GST
Prices are subject to change without notice

Bring your whole family. We have bikes for kids to adults that are comfortable and perfect for riding on the KVR.
It’s something everyone can enjoy!

Contact Kettle Valley Cycling Tours

250-862-2469
info@kvrcyclingtours.com

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