Replacing Puddles with Pedals - Cycling the Southern Okanagan in Penticton, Canada
Located in the Southern Okanagan just over the Canadian border, the entire Penticton region serves up some of the best road and trail biking in North America.
For example, the 373-mile long Kettle Valley Railway Trail (KVR) traverses the Lower Mainland, and one of its best circuits descends gently from high above Lake Okanagan, through tunnels and over bridges right into Penticton.
The Three Blind Mice Trail complex, perched high above the KVR, contains over 100 named trails of various difficulties. Over half of the rides are considered intermediate, but there are plenty of beginning, and mad descents as well.
Penticton cycling trails stretch over to the western hills as well, where the “Test of Humanity” loops for six miles with about a quarter mile of elevation gain. The vista points provide plenty of excuses to pause and consider your good fortune before ripping downslope back towards town.
South of town, The Campbell Mountain Trail beckons. This two-mile loop consists of a short 100-ft climb that unveils 1,000-ft in descent. Like the Test of Humanity trail, Campbell Mountain is considered a blue run.
Penticton basks in over 300 sunny days a year, has 60+ wineries sprinkled up and down the valley, and comes at a discount rate when you consider our US dollar is worth around $1.30 Canadian, so everything is 30% off and cheaper than what you’ll find in the States.
Now, if that doesn’t make you want to ride...