Kettle Valley Trail Biking: Stage 3

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.



Princeton, BC, Canada

Stage 3 Starting Location


Coalmont, BC, Canada


Brookmere, BC, Canada


Hope, BC, Canada

Stage 3 End Location

What’s Included in the Cost of Your Trip?


Services of one or more experienced Great Explorations guides and support vehicle
2 nights camping - the campsites are backcountry sites
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 Travelogue
All baggage transportation
All transportation from initial meeting point to final drop-off (Princeton/Hope)

Not Included

First transfer from Vancouver or Hope to Princeton (see Cost section)
Final transfer from Hope to Vancouver (see Cost section)




July 24-26

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.


12-16 participants


3 days / 2 nights


Princeton / Hope


20-36+ miles daily
Van supported


The railgrade has a maximum grade of 2%


Land Cost (current year):
CAD $650
All meals included

Mountain Bike Rental:
CAD $100

– Vancouver to Princeton: CAD $65
– Hope to Princeton: CAD $35
– Hope to Vancouver: CAD $35

*include bike transport if needed.

Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 5% 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. 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


Day 1

Shuttle and then ride Princeton to Otter Lake

For those that have booked transportation from Vancouver, we transfer at 9:00 am by van to Princeton, stopping in Hope (to pick up those who prefer to leave their cars there- approx 11 am). 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

Van transport will leave from Hope at approx 4:00 p.m. for Vancouver arriving at 6:00 pm for those that have booked.

*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.


Camp sites include a mix of provincial, private and wilderness parks with solar showers.


Trip Reviews

July 20, 2012

“[I enjoyed] the cycling through the nature [and] seeing the wild animals.”

August 20, 2012

“Having the opportunity to do an off-road tour & being able to camp & experience the real feel of the place; great food!”

December 5, 2018

“Fabulous varied and different scenery, loved the trails, the history of the Kettle Creek rail bed and the pioneers who built it. I have to say, I like a smaller group to really get to know each other. It made our experience special. I also really enjoyed stopping to learn about aspects of the trail history.”

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