Cycle tourism has emerged as one of the fastest growing segments of the travel industry. Around the world, tour offerings and cycling infrastructure are being ramped up to meet demand. Canada (especially BC) offers a cycling experience that is second to none. In the recently published book, 50 places to Ride Before You Die, 4 of them are in Canada. One of those is the Okanagan Valley.
Cycling in the Okanagan is rich and varied. The road cyclist will find challenging climbs, jaw-dropping scenery, quiet country roads and a wide variety of routes that have regularly drawn world-class cyclists. Those looking for off-road experiences have a huge number of options, including the world famous Kettle Valley Rail Trail. Tour operators offer routes going through distinct regions, from true desert to vineyards to the Okanagan high country as well as the Kettle Valley Rail Trail.
Another attraction of cycling tourism is “Immersive Tourism”, the opportunity to truly immerse yourself in your vacation destination. The South Okanagan gives you the chance to experience a “hub and spoke” cycling vacation, where you stay in one location and guides take you to explore a new region on bike each day.
You might be thinking of venturing out on your own, but the tour operators know all the hidden gems that will make your adventure vacation an authentic one, making connections that will last long after your visit to Penticton and surrounding Okanagan area.
No matter the type of touring you are looking for, whether it be on easy to ride pave trails or over trestles and through tunnels and away from civilization, the Okanagan is where you want to be.