Kettle Valley Tour
The Kettle Valley Tour is a 3 day on and off road adventure ride through the Thompson and Okanagan Valleys. This tour is aimed at intermediate riders looking for more than 1 day in the saddle. There are some basic off road sections but for the most part is not technical. Some of the open riding area’s offer some harder riding routes for those wishing to test a little skill.
The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail is the longest rail trail network in British Columbia extending from Hope to Castlegar.
Once a railway system between towns, it now provides a huge recreation trail providing 650km’s of fun for all. Many people bicycle, motorbike, and ATV here as it’s one of the few parts of the KVR that allow motorized vehicles.
Between Pemberton and Princeton is a HUGE range of riding and scenery.
– We start the day heading over the Highline, a beauty ride from Pemberton to Darcy on twisty roads with lush green surroundings followed by 30km stretch of dirt climbs, tight turns and stunning views, up over Mission Mountain to Carpenter Lake and from here we’ll head to Lillooet. The afternoon will be spent making our way to cache creek and exploring the either the rolling farm lands in between or Marble Canyon depending how the groups feeling. We’ll stay the night in Cache Creek area.
The next morning we’ll take whichever route we didn’t the day before, rolling farm lands or Marble Canyon and then into the Fountain Valley.
– After Fountain Valley, we’ll cruise the Cariboo highway before turning into Onion lakes, an area known by many avid riders for their vast array of single track, double track and races held. If the experience is there, some more technical routes may be taken through this area. Some furry friends are usually occupying the road but the guides will make sure to point out the cows, bulls and bighorn sheep.
– From Spences Bridge down to Merritt we follow Highway 8, it’s a beautiful ride and allows some recoup time after the twisty dirt roads through Onion Lake. Merritt makes a great place to refuel the bikes and bodies before heading into the Kane Valley, which boasts approximately 25 small lakes, and loads of camping and recreation sites.
The second night will be spent in Princeton.
– After a few good laughs and a good nights rest (you’ll need it), we’ll make our way onto the Kettle Valley Railway. It’s a little tricky to find the entrance and every time we’ve gone we’ve encountered deer hanging out! The Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) travels alongside the Tulameen River and passing the red Ochre Bluffs which provided the red earth ‘paint’ used by the Similkameen people for their pictographs.
– This part of the KVR is one of the few parts that are available for motorized use, and we usually pass many other riders and ATV’s along the way. Along the way we’ll be riding all dirt, with bridges, whoops, farmland, rocky descents, and lakes, passing Coalmont, Tulameen, and Brookemere before ending up back in Merritt.
– After a morning exploring the dirt roads of the KVR we hit a great flowy paved section on the way to Logan Lake.
– The last part of the day venture’s up to Tunkwa Provincial Park, and then over Deadman Vidette road to take in the Hoodoo’s Rock formations that look like ghosts that overlook the valley. This red dusty road twists and turns its way back to cache creek before following the 300+ scenic Duffey road back to Pemberton.