Kettle Valley Railway Trail (KVR) Myra Canyon to Penticton return

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Level: Easiest
Length: 500 mi (804.7 km)
Surface: Singletrack
Configuration: Out & Back
Elevation: +2,005/2 ft
Total: 25 riders
 

Mountain Biking Kettle Valley Railway Trail (KVR) Myra Canyon to Penticton return

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#12 of 1,001 mountain bike trails in British Columbia
#783 in the world

A lot of visitors from North America, Europe and Asia do this ride either on their own or as part of an organized ride. Google KVR and you will find lots of info. It makes for a fantastic trip for either a weekend or a couple of weeks, depending on how much time you have.

Before you go
  • No Drinking water 
  • No E-bikes permitted 
  • No Fat biking allowed in winter 
  • No Fee required 
  • No Lift service 
  • No Night riding allowed 
  • No Pump track 
  • No Restrooms 
Getting there
You can pick up this trail at several points as it goes across Southern BC following an abandoned railway line. My suggested route is to start at Beaverdell follow the route to near Kelowna and crossing the now rebuilt (from fire in '03) seven railway trestles in Myra Canyon. Continue along to Penticton, Princeton and finish in Hope. There are other options to take. There are guidebooks and maps for this ride.
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Q: where is there drinking water along the trail?
A: let me amend that a bit. There is a halfway point which may or may not be open that is a cafe. There is also a lake, your choice to drink from that or not.

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  • Tldow
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    Great ride from Kelowna to Naramata for some wine tasting!! Very flat and easy riding.

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  • chuckpelley
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    On our return trip from Penticton, BC to Myra Canyon, Kelowna, BC, it was the next day and our legs were tired from the day before. Having said that, we did manage to do the bulk of the ride. When we left Penticton, we had planned on just getting as far as Okanogan Mountain Park and ride there. However we ended up taking the Chute Lake Road between the two KVR hook-ups, as I wanted to cut off some pedaling mileage. My husband managed to keep pedaling his bike up the very touch grade on the gravel road, I had to push my bike and it was brutal. We did cut off almost an hour by doing this though.

    We ate once again at Chute Lake and then carried on. The weather for the entire trip was way better, sun and moments of cloud which helped to keep us cool.

    The ride was well worth it, as the views we didn't see the day before due to the rain, we could see across the valley at the trestles.

    It is a trip well worth doing.

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  • chuckpelley
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    We did this in both directions over two days, from Myra Canyon, Kelowna, BC to Penticton, BC return. It was raining when we were dropped off at Myra Canyon. That didn't slow us down at all, we were prepared for that.

    The views thru Myra Bellvue Park were hindered, at times, by the weather but it was still well worth the ride. It is a fairly easy ride but has a slight grade on a few parts leading to Chute Lake. We ate lunch at the "resort" there. It was good. The building interior is filled with antiques of the period when the Kettle Valley Railroad was built (1913 ).

    After Chute Lake it is a slight downhill all the way down to Penticton. It rained on us for a great portion of this segment, but we still took the time to check out most of the Rock Ovens in Rock Oven Park. These ovens were made and used by the workers back when the railroad was being built.

    The ride ends going thru the orchards and vineyards of Penticton.

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