Pender Island

Hills and Mermaids

Pender Island was the last missing piece of the puzzle. Over the years, we have visited and biked on every single Southern Gulf Island but I was deferring a visit to Pender as all I have heard about it was “Hills. BIG hills!”

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Kettle Valley Railway

Penticton to Kelowna

90 km / 7 hrs and not much time for anything else

On Day 2 of our Okanagan weekend I set my eyes on the section of Kettle Valley Railway from Penticton to Kelowna, a trail winding through the hillside wineries and up the Naramata bench. My final destination – Kelowna, 90km away where my husband was to pick me up late in the afternoon.

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Myra Canyon

22 km out and back / 3 hrs on a bike with plenty of stops

Myra Canyon is a provincial park that almost didn’t happen. In 1993 the authorities decided that for the sake of public safety it would be better to deactivate and completely prevent access to an old rail road above Kelowna that has probably seen a few humans accidentally falling off its dilapidated wooden trestles.

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Kettle Valley Railway

Kaleden to Summerland

40 km/ 5 hrs round-trip, with plenty of stops for photos

If you drove on Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt you might have noticed green point-of-interest signs by the side of the road saying Aurum Station, Portia Station, Juliet Station or Iago Station. They mark the sites of former railway stations on the Kettle Valley line from Brookmere to Hope. The railroad tracks are no longer there, but the rail bed remains and has been turned into a fantastic ~650 km bike trail spanning mountains and valleys from Vancouver to the Kootneys over a gentle 0.1% average grade.

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