Hike & Bike the Trans Canada Trail from Vancouver to the Okanagan

Hike & Bike the Trans Canada Trail from Vancouver to the Okanagan tour
Hike & Bike the Trans Canada Trail from Vancouver to the Okanagan
Duration:
5
Days
Priced from:
2450.00
CAD

Hike & Bike the Trans Canada Trail from Vancouver to the Okanagan

Trip Overview

We introduced this new trip in 2017 to celebrate Canada's 150th Birthday. Continue to celebrate Canada's beauty with us, by bicycle! 

(Biking and Hiking) Adventure across British Columbia's spectacular landscapes from Vancouver to the Okanagan, experiencing the fruit basket of British Columbia. 

WOW FACTORS

  • Cycle through Western Canada's mixed forests, meadows, wetlands, and vast valleys
  • Ride along the trestles of the historic Kettle Valley Railway
  • Experience the region's spectacular vineyards and locally grown produce

Activities

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Day 1

Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs
Hiking & Biking
After you are picked up from downtown Vancouver in the morning, the tour will begin as we make our way to Lynn Canyon Park, one of Greater Vancouver’s best kept hiking secrets. We will hike through the breathtaking temperate rainforest, crossing Lynn Valley’s suspension bridge where we’ll take in extraordinary views across Lynn Creek and the park. Next, we will transfer to Pitt Meadows in the Fraser Valley where we will begin the tour’s first ride. Against a backdrop of magnificent mountains (Golden Ears and Garibaldi Provincial Park), we will bike the Trans Canada Trail through colourful farmland and meandering rivers. At Pitt Lake, one of the largest fresh water tidal lakes in the world, we will break for a scenic outdoor lunch. After lunch, we'll make our way to Harrison Hot Springs Resort, where you’ll have free time to soak in the warm restorative waters of the hot springs after the first day’s activities. Dinner, as well as the remainder of the evening, is at leisure to enjoy the resort.

Meals: Lunch
Accommodation: Harrison Hot Springs Resort

Biking: 38 km
Hiking: 5 km

 

Day 2

Okanagan
Biking
After breakfast, we will begin our transfer to the Okanagan Valley, driving along the Coquihalla Pass. As we approach the Okanagan, a region renowned worldwide for its vineyards and produce, you’ll quickly realize why it is nicknamed “the fruit basket of British Columbia.” At Brookmere, we will get on our bikes and ride along the Kettle Valley Trail over some fun trestles and through tunnels on our way to Penticton. The original Kettle Valley Railway opened in 1915 and now the decommissioned tracks provide almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways. We will descend into Penticton while passing though some smaller towns. Following the bike ride, we can unwind on the beach at Bromley rock or go for a refreshing swim in the Similkameen River. If time permits, we might be able to enjoy a short visit to a local winery or cidery before arriving at our accommodation in Penticton. The remainder of the evening is at leisure. We’ll have the same hotel as our base for the next few nights in the Okanagan.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Biking: 59 km

Day 3

Penticton
Biking
After enjoying breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to St. Andrews by The Lake to begin our day’s cycle. The first portion of the day’s ride will be along the scenic Willowbrook Road, passing through White Lakes Grasslands Protected area. Keep an eye out for bears, deer, rattlesnakes or one of at least fifteen bird species that can be found in the rolling hills. We will make a stop at the Covert Farm Family Estate, a 4th generation vineyard. You’ll have a chance to sit back and relax, wander around the property, learn about their wine or join the guide on a 7 km hike up to enjoy the panoramic views atop McIntyre Bluff. From Covert Farm, we will take the trail to Oliver, passing more vineyards and farmland along the Okanagan River. Before returning to Penticton for the night, we will take another winery tour, enjoying some of South Okanagan’s best wines. After returning to the hotel, the remainder of the evening is at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Biking: 43 km

Day 4

Penticton to Myra Canyon to Penticton
Biking
After a short transfer, we begin cycling through Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, one of North America’s most famous riding routes that includes 18 trestle bridges and two tunnels. We will weave our way down the mountain, tiding along the Kettle Valley Railway Trail, set against a steep-walled canyon. We will stop for lunch at Chute Lake Resort on the grounds of an old station house, where the characterful restaurant and bar is like a living museum, full of interesting artifacts and antiques. After lunch, we will continue cycling and descend over 3,000 feet into the picturesque town of Naramatta, soaking in more views of wineries and fruit farms as we go. In Naramatta, we will have the opportunity to enjoy another wine tasting before transferring back to Penticton for our final dinner in town.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Hotel
Biking: 67 km

Day 5

Okanagan to Vancouver
Biking
After a short transfer, our last day’s adventure begins in Peachland. Those brave enough can try zip-lining over stunning Deep Creek Gorge. Following this optional adventure, we will head to West Kelowna for lunch at a local golf course, overlooking Lake Okanagan. After lunch, we’ll begin our journey back to Vancouver, stopping in Hope to visit the Othello Tunnels. These tunnels are an engineering marvel, with  tunnels and bridges over rapid flowing water, all set against the dramatic cliffs of Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park. We will then cycle one last section of the Kettle Valley Railway through some picturesque tunnels next to the raging Coquihalla River. Then we will continue our return drive to Vancouver where you’ll be dropped off either at the airport or a hotel downtown.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Hotel
Biking: 24 km

What's Included

TRIP INCLUSIONS:
All accommodation (twin shared), meals as indicated (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), all internal transportation, equipment and guide.

TRIP DOES NOT INCLUDE:
International airfare, gratuities, meals not included, and items of a personal nature.

MEALS:
4 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 4 Dinners

ACCOMMODATION:
Hotel: 2 Nights
Cabin: 2 Nights

Trip Facts

Weather in British Columbia, Canada

The climate of British Columbia varies from marine to continental, and is influenced by its location immediately east of the warm Pacific ocean, the north-south orientation of its towering mountain chains, the mountainous topography, the prevailing westerly winds, and the province’s northerly latitude. In winter the climate is affected by cold dry air from the arctic. Summers tend to be dry. The beautiful coast of British Columbia is well known for its temperate climate with temperatures averaging 26°C (90°F) in the summer and 2°C (36°F) in the winter. Most rainfall occurs between October and March.

Pacific Region (Includes Vancouver and Victoria)

Mid-May to Mid-September: Summer season. Warm weather. July is the most pleasant month with little rain, long periods of sunshine, and moderate temperatures, 23°C (74°F).

Travel Documents

US citizens require a passport to enter Canada. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your date of arrival. Citizens of other nations should contact the nearest Canadian embassy or consulate for entry requirements.

Food

Canadian cuisine is made up of traditional cuisines from around the globe. Uniquely Canadian foods include fresh and seasonal ingredients found throughout the country like seafood and berries. Wild game, such as Bison, Moose, and Buffalo are also popular. Some traditional meals include a Montreal smoked meat sandwich, poutine, roasted root vegetables, and Wild Sockeye Salmon. The west coast also offers plenty of Asian style restaurants including Chinese Smorgasbord, Sushi, and Korean BBQ. Street food can also be found in the larger cities and is generally safe to eat.

FAQ

How big are BikeHike's groups?

Our adventures are built for small groups, with a maximum of 12 travellers on each guided tour. Each group is diverse, comprised of men and women of many different nationalities and ages. By travelling in small groups we leave minimal ecological impact, cause less disruption and are able to gain a better appreciation for our surroundings. Small numbers also allow greater flexibility and spontaneity: a dinner in a local home, an impromptu wedding invite and any such experiences that can become among the most memorable experiences of your BikeHike adventure.

How fit do I need to be to join this trip?

We understand that people come in many fitness levels, so we've graded our trips accordingly. There are four difficulty levels on our trips: Easy, Moderate, Challenging, and Strenuous. 

This is a “moderate” trip. These trips include 4-5 hours of physical activity throughout the day, with many breaks along the way. Most of the days are biking, and the biking portions require cardiovascular fitness to sustain the riding distances, but there are always support vehicles available on this trip. Our travellers don’t have to carry anything on their backs as any packs can be carried in the support vehicle.  During the hiking portion of this trip, the most you would have to carry on your back is a daypack.

Has this trip been run before?

BikeHike Adventures has been operating since 1994. We are also Canadian based, and our office is in Vancouver, the city where this trip begins. 

Also note that the logistics of organizing tours can be very complex. Our trip development department spends long hours researching destinations, routes, ground operations and equipment. All itineraries are screened without clients before they are added to our growing repertoire of adventures. Nothing is untested. 

Can you tell me about your typical BikeHike travellers on this trip?

Our travellers share a common love for outdoor adventure. Most are looking for a physical adventure and are in good physical condition, exercise regularly and are invigorated by a personal challenge. The age range on this trip is typically from 35-55, although we occasionally get younger and older travellers as well. 

What is the best time of year to bike in Canada?

We only offer this trip during summer months, as this is the prime time to cycle in Canada. 

What city should I fly into to start this trip?

This trip starts in Vancouver, where there is an international airport (YVR). On day 1 of the trip, the pick-up time at your downtown Vancouver hotel is around 8:00-9:00am.  On day 5 of the trip, you will arrive back into Vancouver around dinner time.

What do I need to pack for this trip?

We have prepared a packing list that you can download by clicking the link to the right on this page. 

Can I take this trip if...

I am a solo traveller? How does solo accommodation and costing work?

This is a popular trip with singles. Many of our travellers (both men and women) join as singles. Unlike many adventure travel companies, we don't charge single supplement fees to solo travellers. Instead, we pair you with another traveller of the same gender. If we can't find you a roommate, you get your own room at no additional charge. A single private room supplement fee is only required if you specifically request a confirmed private room for the duration of the trip. Learn more about solo travel with BikeHike

I have special dietary requirements?

We will do our best to accommodate special dietary requests (e.g. vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), but ask that you please discuss your request with us when signing up for a trip.

I am travelling with children? Is this trip children friendly?

While most of our trips are created with adults in mind, many of our itineraries are suitable for strong and active teenagers. This trip is generally not a family focused trip unless the children are teenagers. This trip is generally suitable for families that include strong and active older teenagers. However, we do offer many other Family Focused trips, some of which are able to accommodate children as young as six.

Accommodation

Most of our trips include comfortable mid-range accommodations. This includes accommodation that provides a clean and comfortable experience in characterful surroundings that reflect the destination. To build stronger connections with the communities and support the local economies, we avoid using large international chain brands on BikeHike trips. 

This trip includes the following types of accommodation:

HOTELS 

In an effort to keep money in the communities we visit around the world, BikeHike prefers small hotels, bungalows, and haciendas that showcase the character and local flair of each destination.

MOUNTAIN CABIN

Two nights are in a rural/mountain cabin. Here, the emphasis is on the experience of living as local and less on the common luxuries of western living. However, it is sure that this accommodation will be comfortable and your night's stay will showcase the natural character of the mountain location.

Click HERE for more information about accommodation styles.

Adventure Dates

  • Sep 09 - Sep 13, 2019
  • Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2020
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Price

(Land only, based on twin/shared room)
2450.00
CAD
per person, and plus 5% tax

No single supplement fees
** Guaranteed departures on two travellers

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Add-Ons

  • It's easy to add days before and after your tour.  Just ask! 
Day Destination Activity Distance Lodging Meals
1
Vancouver to Harrison Hot Springs
Hiking & Biking
38 km
Hotel
l
2
Okanagan
Biking
59 km
Hotel
b,
l
3
Kootenays
Biking
43 km
Hotel
b,
l
4
​​​​​​​Penticton to Myra Canyon to Penticton
Biking
67 km
Hotel
b,
l,
d
5
Okanagan to Vancouver
Biking
24 km
b,
l

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Diana Shaw
July 9, 2019

I loved my biking trip through the Okanagan Valley. The views were beautiful everywhere we looked. The trails along the Kettle Valley Railway trail were easy to intermediate and fun to travel on. BikeHike shared with us trails that were not heavily populated by other riders. Our lodgings throughout were excellent. Paul, our tour guide, did an excellent job of working with all of us and showing us the beautiful areas and views as we rode along the trails. I loved the Myra Canyon ride. It was so fun and I hope to come and do it again. I would highly recommend BikeHike, our guide, and the trip. It was marvelous 5 days.

Vancouver, WA
VM
Vacheresse Monica
July 9, 2019

I just returned from this fabulous trip and want to let everyone know what a grand adventure it was.

I was not expecting singletrack and gravel riding but the challenge gave me a renewed sense of confidence and I actually had fun looking for mud puddles to go through like a little kid.

The scenery was stunning, astounding & majestic.

I have such great memories of being out in the wild although I didn’t see the bear 🐻 the gal directly in front of me saw it as did several others in our group. I also saw a moose in our path and so appreciate the ability to connect with nature and not do the touristy thing.

I also appreciated the Harrison Hot Springs and other abilities to pamper myself after writing like a massage option.

This trip was everything I could want in a vacation from connecting with other people over good food and excellent conversation to meditating while on the bike getting a good workout.

It’s so satisfied all five of my senses and my spirit that I will be traveling again with them this fall to Italy and am a lifetime convert.

Portland, Oregon
M&
Mike & Sue H
September 13, 2017

My Hike & Bike the Trans Canada Trail from Vancouver to Nelson was a great experience. The extreme beauty that British Columbia offers was perfectly enjoyed on bike or foot. The organizers had found five different routes, all spectacular, including 3 wonderful rail trails converted to bike paths that include the world-famous Kettle Valley Railway trail. It is remarkable that this rail trail had been restored, as it had burned several years ago, and we never thought we would have a chance to enjoy this rail trail again, but we did. The biking was easy to intermediate, but the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys were spectacular. The guides were amazing: we had some incredible culinary experiences even in the remote places. This trip included stops at historic and cultural locations, and a visit to one of the best wineries in the region. I even saw the Northern lights one night, a big bucket list item for me. At the end of the trip, all guest and the guides were the best of friends having enjoyed a joint experience that I will always cherish. I would highly recommend the company, the trip, and our guide. Thank you, Bike Hike Adventures.

Sewell, NJ, USA
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