Dates: August 5 - 10, 2021
Showcasing some of the most remote, scenic, and adventurous sections of the BC Trail, our SW BC Gravel tour will see you riding an epic combination of gravel roads, rail trails, and double-track that were simply meant to be explored on a gravel bike!
“This trip was the absolute highlight of my year! Being new to gravel, I felt so embraced by the guides and other group members – they made it most the fantastic experience. The cycling routes, the scenery, the guides, the food, the pre-trip communication and the attention to detail were top notch!”
- Kelly Ogilvie, 2020 SW BC Gravel Tour
See BC Through The Eyes of a Prospector
Like veins supplying the lifeblood of BC’s economy, gravel roads and rail beds built to support the growth of forestry and mining form an intricate web throughout BC, winding through deep valleys, over high mountain passes, and along clear lakes and rivers. The BC Trail was created on backroad routes with both historical significance and beautiful landscapes, and allows you to adventure deep into the remote heart of BC in safety and comfort. Just like competitors in the infamous BC Epic 1000, you will be riding through incredibly diverse terrain, from the high alpine passes of the Coast Range to the semi-arid plateau of the South Okanagan. But unlike these competitors who must be self sufficient and camp in the wilderness, you will be fully supported with a riding guide and support vehicle and you’ll finish each day with a warm shower, delicious meal, and comfortable hotel room.
Climbing the picturesque Coquihalla Lakes Road, with glaciated peaks looming above and the Coquihalla River roaring below;
Winding through the rolling meadows and ranch lands of Jura, as the expansive Similkameen Valley unfolds before you;
Whooping and hollering as you roll down the KVR, descending through steep canyon walls along the fast-moving Trout Creek;
Enjoying a delicious breakfast in the garden of E’Laysa Vineyard Guesthouse.
Celebrating an incredible off-road adventure with a sunset winery dinner at Poplar Grove winery.
Five nights double-occupancy accommodation at guest houses, cabins, and hotels;
Five fully guided, van supported daily rides;
Five delicious breakfasts and gourmet picnic lunches, along with ride nutrition and drinks along your rides;
Shuttle service for you and your gear from Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs and return shuttle from Penticton to Vancouver;
1 set of Magic Places professional-grade cycling bibs and jersey;
Our friendly and attentive customer service.
Day 1: From our 12:00 pm pick-up in Vancouver, we shuttle to Harrison Hot Springs and check into the award-winning Bramblebank Cottages, where we’ll build bikes and head out for an easy shake-out ride along Harrison Lake and into Sasquatch Provincial Park. 30km/200m
Day 2: After an early breakfast, we’ll load up the bikes for a short shuttle to the Coquihalla Valley, where we saddle up for a 95km ride through the glacier-carved northern Cascades and Similkameen mountains. Riding a combination of rail trail and gravel roads through deep river valleys and wide open back country brings us to Princeton, where you can soak your legs in the cool Similkameen River beside our historic cabin accommodations and enjoy a hearty dinner – you’ve earned it! 95km/1300m
Day 3: Departing Princeton, we turn north and ride a remote section of the Kettle Valley Railway past Chain and Osprey lakes to the historic mining town of Bankier. To avoid washouts and a very loose section of trail, we leave the KVR to ride a short section of pavement to the summit pass before we begin the long, gentle descent down a well established gravel road. Returning to the KVR, we ride some of the most enjoyable and scenic sections of the tour, following Trout Creek through towering granite canyon walls until we arrive in Summerland. A quick 4km road ride and we arrive at Dirty Laundry Winery, with their famous pizza kitchen, amazing wines, and selection of micro-brews to celebrate an incredible day on the bike! Our stay is comfortable Summerland Waterfront Resort where cold drinks, good food, and a welcome swim await. 100km/950m
Day 4: We start today with a well-deserved leisurely morning. Sleep in, enjoy breakfast, maybe even a swim in the lake. An hour’s shuttle takes us to the Myra Canyon trailhead, the start of the most famous and scenic section of the KVR. Over the first 9km, you’ll ride over 18 different railway trestles, some as high as 55m above the canyon floor! A further 26km of rail trail and gravel road, and we arrive at scenic Chute Lake for a lakeside picnic lunch. What follows is 30km of pure fun. Dropping 800m over its length, this stretch of the KVR offers stunning views of the Okanagan Valley, and you can ride almost the entire length without having to pedal! We arrive at the lovely Elaysa guesthouse, our home for two nights, and enjoy a winery dinner at scenic Poplar Grove. 62km/600m
Day 5: A short shuttle after breakfast takes us to the start of our ride – the dramatic Trout Creek Trestle south of Summerland. After crossing trestle, we ride the ‘quiet side’ of the Kettle Valley Railway, high above the lake on the valley’s western flanks. Dropping down into Penticton, we’ll continue south to Skaha Lake, where we ride the shoreside rail trail to Okanagan Falls and a lakeside lunch stop, before turning back north to ride scenic Lakeshore Rd along Skaha Lake, back to Elaysa. 48km/350m
Day 6: After a well deserved sleep-in and another sumptuous garden breakfast at E’Laysa, we’ll shuttle you to the airport or local hotel if you choose to extend your vacation.