Great Explorations

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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.


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Tour Dates:


July 20-26


Custom trips also available and can start any date. Call or email for details.

The Tour can be combined with our Stage 1 which precedes or our Stage 3 which follows.

Trip Size:

12-16 participants expected


Total Days:

7 days/ 6 nights

(5 riding days)





The campsites range from private sites with full facilities to Forest Recreation sites with limited faciliites but pristine settings, most on lakes and rivers.

Activity Level:

20-37+ miles daily
van supported


The railgrade has a maximum grade of 2%. Note, however that due to the trail surface, sandy and loose in places, cyclists need to have good bike handling skills and stamina to do the full daily distances. Shorter options are available and it is possible to ride the 'best of' with strategic shuttles and have an easy-going trip.


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 to help raise awareness and funding for Canada's wild places.



DAY 1:
For those who have booked transportation from Vancouver, we transfer at 10 am to Beaverdell, stopping in Hope & Princeton to pick-up (you can park your car at the finish of the stage you are doing if you prefer). We arrive to our campsite near Beaverdell late afternoon and enjoy a welcome reception and dinner.

DAY 2:
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: 24 km; 270m or 55 km; 650m.

DAY 3:

McCulloch Lake to Chute Lake
Today, you'll ride the spectacular Myra Canyon with its iconic trestles and views that are spectacular. We'll reach Chute Lake late afternoon where our campsite is lakeside. Enjoy a cold beer at the historic Chute Lake Lodge or take a swim in the pristine lake. Distance: 50 km; 360m.

DAY 4:
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. The trail crosses through Naramata, BC's famos wine region (Hillside Winery is right on the trail and tasting is possible). We vist the museum in Penticton, followed by a picnic lunch. 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. Distance: 42 km; 50m + shuttle or 62 km; 250 m.

DAY 5:
West Summerland to Osprey Lake
West of Summerland there is a new Trans-Canada Trail to Faulder; if you wish to sleep in and take the steam train for a section of trail this is an option (you would cycle the shorter distance and shuttle to Osprey Lake). We pass a number of pristine lakes, staying overnight at a beautifuy campsite at Osprey Lake. Distance: 25 km + shuttle or 51 km; 865m.


DAY 6:

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. Distance: 52 km; 150 m.

DAY 7:

Van transport will leave from Princeton after breakfast, departing at 9 am arriving to Vancouver by noonish. For those continuing with Stage 3, please refer to the Stage 3 Itinerary.


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Map of the Area

Ride Info

Penticton Weather

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 (GST) of 5% must be charged on trips in British Columbia.

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 or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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