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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”

– Geroge Smekal,
Nanoose Bay, BC who, at 79 yrs completed stage 1, 2, 3 on our July, 2010 trip.

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Tour Dates:

July 26-28

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

This tour can be combined with our Stage 2 which precedes.

Trip Size:

12-16 expected


Total Days:

3 days/ 2 nights





On Stage 3, the campsites include one private site and two backcountry sites.

Activity Level:

30-67 km
van supported; shuttles available


The railgrade has a maximum grade of 2%


Land Cost (current year):

Includes all meals

Bike Rental:
Mountain bike

Vancouver to Princeton: CAD$65

Hope to Princeton:


Hope to Vanouver: CAD$35

*these fares include bike transport

Kettle Valley Trail, Biking

Stage 3: Princeton to Hope

For a short get-a-way from the city, this section of the trail makes for an ideal sampler (or finisher if you have done the other stages)! Our ride starts in Princeton, a mining town with restored turn of the century buildings; we follow the verdant Tulameen River Valley, stopping at idyllic Otter Lake to camp. On the next evening, we’ll overnight on Coquihalla Lakes. Sunday, we’ll ride downhill through perhaps the most spectacular section of all, the Coquihalla canyon and Othello tunnels through to Hope.



DAY 1: Shuttle and then ride Princeton to Otter Lake
For those that have booked transportation from Vancouver, we transfer at 8:00 am by van to Princeton, stopping in Hope (to pick up those who prefer to leave their cars there). After a visit to the Princeton museum and lunch, we'll start off cycling through the Tulameen Valley to Coalmont and on to Tulameen. Distance: 30 km; 270m


DAY 2:
Otter Lake to Coquihalla Lakes

We’ll ride along beautiful Otter Lake to Brookmere, with probably the best preserved railroad heritage buildings on the KVR. This makes for a lovely lunch stop. From here, we’ll loop south to the summit at Coquihalla Station and Coquihalla Lakes where a wilderness campsite awaits. Distance: 67 km; 600m (30km option available with shuttle).

DAY 3:
Coquihalla Lakes to Hope

It’s pretty much all downhill to the Ride finish. The road through the canyon is stunning and there is new Trans-Canada trail (single track!) that is superb. There is one short section (8km) on the highway which we shuttle to skip (to a swim spot on the river). Othello Station, one of the most famous sites of the entire KVR, the Quintette tunnels. The horseshoe path carved by the Coquihalla River (90 m deep) required engineering a route that must be seen. From here, the lush trail descends to a Ride Finish celebration at the Memorial Park.
Distance: 60km; 350m.

Bus transport will leave from Hope at approx 4:00 p.m. for Vancouver arriving at 6:00 pm for those that have booked. Greyhound also offers afternoon and evening service.

*Please note that trail conditions change from time to time and there may be occasions on this stage where detours from the trail are required due to washouts.


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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
  • 3 nights camping
  • all breakfasts, lunches & dinners (appetizers daily, healthy 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 or by telephone at 604.730.1247



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