I rode the KVR Okanagan Trestles Tour route starting at Gillard Road to Penticton on Wednesday May 30. We skipped Myra Canyon because we know that section is great and well maintained by BC Parks. The trail inspection ride was organized by Travel Penticton’s Executive Director – Thom Tischik, we were joined by two other tour operators and Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association (TOTA) rep Mike Overend.
The good news: the sand sections were much better, the spring run off this year actually helped wash some of the sand off the trail.
There is a short section of about 500 meters past Chute Lake that has washed down to the rail rock again between two bridges. We are hopefully that BC Rec sites and Trails will haul in gravel into this section before the event on July 1.
The route is much drier than normal for this time of year too, we did not have to deal with water sections in the rock cuts.
In summary the KVR from Myra Canyon to Penticton is in better shape than previous years… but in the long term we still need the middle section to be legistated non-motorized and the trail improved to industry standard. We are working on that project.
Top 10 reasons to ride the Okanagan Trestles Tour
1. The historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail (the route)
2. The world-famous Myra Canyon (the trestles & tunnels)
3. Refreshments, mechancial and first aid support on route
4. Celebrate Canada Day
5. Beautiful views of Okanagan Valley
6. Riding through vineyards, in the heart of wine country
7. High quality event shirt
8. BBQ & live music – The Goods
9. Wine, Cannery Brewing Beer and Okanagan Cider
10. 104th anniversary of the Myra Canyon Trestles
= the perfect summer day
BONUS: Professional photos will be available to all participants