The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) is well known in the Okanagan region for the scenic viewpoints of the lakes, the mountains and wildlife. It’s a great spot to cycle with no grades more than 4% and nicely maintained by the community.
The KVR was developed in the early 1900’s as a railway path from Hope to Castlegar. The now decommissioned tracks are home to an extensive 650 km trail of connected pathways, perfect for cycling as there are no steep hills and only gradual grades.
This August, Epic Cycling Adventures hosted a ride up the KVR from Penticton along the Naramata Bench. Our guests wanted to enjoy the scenic valley and do a shorter ride on pedal bikes, for the experience of sampling amazing wines and enjoying what our beautiful area has to offer.
We started the ride on Main street in Penticton where our guests picked up their rental bikes, and we headed off up the KVR trail towards Naramata Bench. Along the way we stopped and admired the first railway bridge (trestle) and then continued up past Hillside Winery. We rode approximately 15 kilometres nearing the top of Naramata Bench and then began our decent to our first winery for tastings.
Mocojo Winery did not disappoint, and our guests were thrilled to meet the wine maker and vineyard owners Kon and Dianne. Their new wine had just released that day – a sparkling Rosé (called OH) was poured and it was the favourite of all. What a view from their tasting deck!
We hopped on our bikes and rode off down the hill along the Bench towards Red Rooster Winery to enjoy more wine and pizza on the beautiful deck (The Pecking Room Patio Grill) overlook the Okanagan Lake. If that was not enough we took a quick little drive (with our support vehicle) over to Little Engine Winery to sample their clean crisp beautiful wines, before beginning a further decent along the KVR back towards town.
We made one more stop to the Cannery Brewing for a sampling of the award winning, all-natural, no additives, micro-brew. Owned by the Dycks, this downtown Penticton brewery is laid back with pets and children all welcome. Penticton has now been named the 2nd best brew town in Canada so why not enjoy what it has to offer. We felt like we were in Europe just kicking back enjoying brewski’s.
*This ride is perfect for families and those who just want to enjoy a shorter ride with some sampling along the way.