B.C. MULTI-DAY TOUR (5 days/4 nights)
Our multi-day tour is an exceptional and intimate adventure rambling across southern British Columbia, from Vancouver to Nelson and all the breathtaking stopovers in between. Come join us on a tour as we cycle our way through some of the most spectacular landscapes British Columbia has to offer.
Some of the highlights:
* Serene cycles & hikes
* Swims in Alpine lakes
* Vineyard touring
* Riding the Trans Canada Trail
* Nakusp hot springs
* Coast & Valhalla Mountains
* Historic Kettle Valley Railway
* Bikes & helmet rental
* All Meals
* Professional tour guide & driver
* Scheduled activities
Day One – Fraser Valley (35km cycle, 5km hike)
Guests will be picked up from downtown Vancouver and we will make our way to one of North Vancouver's hidden gems, Lynn Canyon Park. Here we begin our adventure with a breathtaking hike through the temperate rainforest, crossing a 50 meter high suspension bridge that allows spectacular panoramic views over Lynn Creek and the park.
Following the hike, we drive to Pitt Meadows in the Fraser Valley and begin the biking portion of the day. Here we will follow the Trans Canada Trail through colourful farmland and meandering rivers against the backdrop of the magnificent mountains of Golden Ears and Garibaldi Provincial Park. When we reach Pitt Lake, one of the largest fresh water tidal lakes in the world, we break for an "al fresco" lunch. Pitt Lake is also home to Widgeon Valley Natural Wildlife Reserve, a nesting area for marsh birds. From Pitt Meadows, we'll make our way to the Coquihalla Summit sitting at 1200 meters/3950 feet. It is here that we finish our first day of the tour, spending the night in a rustic log cabin overlooking an enchanting lake.
Day Two – Okanagan (70km cycle, ↑ 263m ↓1176m)
Following a light & healthy breakfast we will make our journey onward towards the Okanagan Valley, the fruit basket of British Columbia. This fertile region is renowned worldwide for its spectacular vineyards and huge varieties of locally grown produce. Later that morning we will arrive at Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park for a day of breathtaking scenery in this historic region of B.C..
In the provincial park we will ride along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, over countless trestles & tunnels on our journey towards Penticton. This corridor is one of the most dynamic routes in Canada, with some truly impressive scenery and striking views. Along the way we will stop for lunch at Chute Lake Resort on the grounds of the old station house, where one might feel as though they have stepped back in time. The restaurant is a living museum full of interesting antiques and artifacts displayed throughout. After lunch we descend 1000 meters into Naramatta and are treated to some magnificent views over Lake Okanagan while we ride along the KVR. At Naramatta guests can enjoy a wine tasting before dinner or relax by the lake and take in the incredible views. Lodging for the evening will be at Kaleden overlooking the charming grounds of St. Andrew's By The Lake golf resort.
Day Three – Kootenays (51km, ↑87m ↓100m)
On our third morning we’ll enjoy breakfast on the hotel's patio as we look out on the golf course surrounded by weeping willows and small lakes. Later that morning we will begin our days cycle departing from the hotel. The first portion of today’s ride will be along the scenic Willowbrook Road, passing through White Lakes Grasslands Protected area. The rolling hills offer a great opportunity to view wildlife so keep your eyes on the road for rattlesnake, deer or one of the fifteen species of bird found in this area. Along the way, we pass through the historic gold mining town Fairview, once the largest city north of San Francisco.
At Oliver we will jump aboard the bus and make our journey towards Grand Forks as we wind along the Crow's Nest Highway and pass through the historic town of Midway and mile zero of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. We will have lunch at a great little cafe in Grand Forks named the Wooden Spoon Bistro before we embark on the Columbia and Western Rail Trail to the magnificent Christina Lake.
This trail follows the Kettle River and passes through some incredible scenery along the way including: wide open plains, rushing gorges and fertile river valleys. Highlights along the route include Cascade falls and the 505 foot Smitten Trestle. We exit the trail and zigzag down a quiet country road into the picturesque town of Christina lake. On the beach we sit back, relax and soak up the breathtaking setting or cool down with a refreshing swim in the lake. Later that afternoon we will drive to Nelson, one of British Columbia's best kept secrets, for our night's accommodation and dinner arrangements. Nelson is a vibrant and enchanting town, highlighted by its' welcoming locals any night of the week with live music and festivals.
Day Four – Slocan (46.5km, ↑112m ↓38m)
Following breakfast, we will take the short drive to Crescent Valley. Here we begin our days ride along the Slocan Valley Rail Trail, through Winlaw, Lemon Creek, ending in Slocan. This ride has proven to be one of the most popular adventures with past customers. The trail and surrounding landscape is a living and breathing post card with incredible scenery around every bend. We follow the Kootenay and Slocan River traveling through mixed forests, meadows, wetlands, and vast valleys. In Winlaw, we will stop for lunch at a local cafe, aptly named "Sleep is For Sissies" considering the cycling adventure we undertook.
Later that afternoon we arrive at Nakusp Hot Springs for a soak in their warm restorative waters to soothe our bodies after the weeks' activities. That night we’ll stay at Gold Panner Resort cabins and savor the opportunity to recuperate from all the day's activities. On a clear night one can star-gaze for what seems like an eternity in the fresh air, miles from any towns or city.
Day Five – Cherryville to Vancouver (32 km, ↑127m, ↓ 152m )
After breakfast we’ll begin our journey back to Vancouver. As of Spring 2018 a new trail will begin construction between Vernon and Kelowna. The trail promises to be an excellent route along the lake shore, through vast vineyards & orchards and some truly striking scenery. If the work schedule goes to plan, we will be able to ride a portion of this trail on our way back to Vancouver. Lunch will be served at the Gray Monk Estate Winery, one of the regions best restaurants and wine makers. The stunning grounds are a fitting setting for our last meal together before we make our final voyage to Vancouver and conclude our trip where we started.
The dates for the upcoming 2018 season are as follows:
June 18th to June 22nd
July 9th to July 13th
July 23rd to July 27th
August 1st to August 5th
August 13th to August 17th
September 3rd to September 7th
Contact us at 778-877-6100 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
* Please note, if you are looking to join a tour on a date that is not listed above please contact us as we may be able to accommodate your request.