Cycling the Kettle Valley Railway

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Canyon Trestles & Okanagan Culinary Adventures

There is welcoming warmth in BC’s South Okanagan. A place to sip and savour in the surroundings of rolling hills and vineyards that skirt the shoreline of warm lakes. Spend a day cycling over canyon trestles and orchards before enjoying a gourmet meal prepared with ingredients from nearby farms and perfectly paired with a local vintage. Or relax beside warm lakes and on winery restaurant terraces and admire the views.

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Cycling on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Cycle through vineyards and across gorge-spanning trestles along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. This 455-km/282-mi rails-to-trails conversion runs from just south of Kelowna all the way to Penticton and passes several wineries along the way. Pedal into Poplar Grove Winery for a sip of Pinot Gris or stop for a vineyard-side meal at Hillside Estate Winery & Bistro.

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Monashee Adventure Tours

Celebrating 25 years in business in 2016. We offer excellent cycling, walking and winery tours along with a great selection of ready made multi-day adventure tours. See historical Myra Canyon with 18 trestles and 2 tunnels above Kelowna. Breweries...
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Myra Canyon in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park

The park has provincial recreational appeal & provides long term recreational opportunities for the Okanagan Valley including the scenic Myra Canyon, a number of existing trails & the historic Kettle Valley Railway with its trestles & tunnels.
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Culinary Adventures

The Okanagan is a region of culinary abundance. The rolling hills are filled with fields of... Read more fresh produce, vineyards, farmer’s markets and fruit stands.  Many wineries are home to restaurants where renowned chefs create locally inspired dishes and pair them with award-winning wines. Enjoy farm to table, alfresco dining at places like God’s Mountain Estate, where Joy Road Catering serves a weekly dinner right in the vineyard.

Orofino Vineyards

Orofino is a family run winery located in the dramatic, picturesque Similkameen Valley. We specialize in small lot, vineyard specific, premium wines. We produce numerous varietals including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot...
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Road 13 Vineyards

Spectacularly located on the Golden Mile just 6 km south of Oliver. Road 13 Vineyards specializes in inspired white wines, elegant Pinot Noirs & big reds. Picnics, fabulous views & Katie Foster's ceramic art gallery.
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Poplar Grove Winery

As one of 5 original wineries on the Naramata Bench, we are focused on 6 core wines: Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Syrah & a signature blend called The Legacy. Each year, in addition to these 6, we craft a small amount of wine th...
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Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars

Blue Mountain is a family run vineyard and winery located in the picturesque South Okanagan Valley, overlooking Vaseux Lake. The Mavety family has farmed this fertile bench since 1971 and founded the winery in 1991, with a commitment to sustainabl...
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Other Wine Country Fun

Swing a club among the ponderosa pines at Summerland Golf & Country Club or at Penticton... Read more Golf & Country Club. Kick back on the sandy shores of Okanagan or Skaha lakes, or do like the locals and beat the heat by floating in an inner tube down the Penticton River Channel. Take a few hours to ride the Kettle Valley Steam Railway and learn more about the area’s history at the SS Sicamous Paddler Wheeler and Heritage Park.

Okanagan Wine Festivals

Taste the sun in every sip at the Okanagan Wine Festivals. Each year, three signature wine... Read more festivals (Fall, Spring and Winter) draw thousands of visitors to tastings, dinners, seminars and parties. The big one is the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival (October), with more than 165 events throughout the valley.

Sunshine, Sandy Beaches & Fun

With more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, what better way to beat the heat than a trip to... Read more the beach? The Okanagan is famous for warm water and sandy beaches – Trip Advisor named Okanagan beaches among the best in Canada. In Penticton, enjoy sandy beaches on both Okanagan and Skaha lakes, or do like the locals do and ride an inner tube between the two lakes along the Penticton River Channel.

Covert Farms Family Estate

Established in 1959, Covert Farms Family Estate Winery is located on 650 acres of bench land and winemaker Gene Covert is a 3rd generation farmer who worked this land with his father and grandfather.

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Places to Eat

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The Bench Market

Lat: 49.50301
Lon: -119.58672
Grocery, Delis, Cafes
63 reviews
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Vanilla Pod Restaurant at Poplar Grove Winery

Lat: 49.5133899
Lon: -119.5714662
Tapas/Small Plates, Mediterranean
43 reviews
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Hillside Winery & Bistro

Lat: 49.53759
Lon: -119.56351
40 reviews
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The Sonora Room

Lat: 49.1010756
Lon: -119.5342838
American (Traditional)
29 reviews
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Places to Stay

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Summerland Waterfront Resort

The Beyond Wrapture Day Spa at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa offers over 35 treatments including specialties such as aromatherapy wraps, vinotherapy (wine massage), couples massage, exfoliating scrubs and sacred art stone massage.


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Walnut Beach Resort

One of the best luxury resorts on the shores of picturesque Lake Osoyoos, opened in April 2008. Features 108 suites set on meticulously landscaped 245 metres (800 feet) of lakeshore with 90 metres (300 feet) of private sandy beach and now BC's fir...
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Watermark Beach Resort

This luxury Osoyoos resort encompasses over 300 m (1,000 ft) of beachfront along the shores of the Osoyoos Lake while in the heart of downtown.

Spacious patios overlook the lake and the surrounding mountains that begs nothing more than a ...

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Myra Canyon Ranch B&B

Contemporary European design, we offer a breathtaking view over the valley, the city of Kelowna and Okanagan Lake.

Relax in comfort with private entrances and bathrooms in our self-contained vacation rentals, free WiFi, magnificent sundec...

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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Penticton

Penticton is a scenic 4.5 hour drive from Vancouver on the Coquihalla Highway or along the US... Read more Border via Highway Three. There are direct flights from Vancouver or it's about an hour’s drive from Kelowna International Airport.

Getting to the South Okanagan

The Thompson Okanagan is a scenic four-hour drive from Vancouver. Choose from the dramatic high... Read more altitude Coquihalla Highway for Kamloops and Kelowna, or meander along quiet Highway 3, or the Crownest Highway, for Oliver, Osoyoos and the Golden Mile.  For an unforgettable road trip, take Highway 1, the Trans-Canada Highway, through the deep chasms of the Fraser Canyon. Flying?  Kelowna’s International Airport has direct flights from Toronto (about 4.5 hours) as well as Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Seattle (about an hour each).

Penticton Regional Airport

Conveniently located on VFR routes to the Pacific coast, the BC interior and Alaska, Penticton Regional Airport is your destination to fun, sun and hospitality.
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Kelowna Area Wine Tours

In Kelowna, why not sip, swirl and let someone else do the driving? Several local companies... Read more offer half and full-day wine tours, some with sommeliers as guides. Try Distinctly Kelowna Tours or Wicked Wine Tours. You can even visit wineries in vintage cars, on a bicycle, or from the air on a wine tour with Valhalla Helicopters.

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