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Where To Stay If You Bike The Kettle Valley Railway

Where to Stay if you Bike the Kettle Valley Railway

One year I had planned to bike the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) from Brookmere to Midway, a distance of 331 km (199 miles). I spent quite a bit of time working on the logistics of the trip especially the accommodation as my husband and I were trying to avoid camping.

The thought of lugging a tent, sleeping bag and cooking utensils on the Kettle Valley Railway wasn’t what I had in my mind though it’s done by plenty of people. Much of the time there’s no choice in what’s available – be it a lodge, B&B or small hotel. 

Here’s where you can stay if you bike the Kettle Valley Railway

Chute Lake Resort on the Kettle Valley Railway
Chute Lake Resort on the Kettle Valley Railway

Kettle Valley Railway self-guided itinerary with accommodation options

Day 1: Start in Brookmere – Bike 43 kms to Coalmont – stay at the Mozey-on-Inn but you’ll need to bring dinner, breakfast and lunch for the next day. $69-$99 per night. (The inn is closing on February 28, 2021.)

Day 2: Coalmont to Jellicoe Station – Bike 59 kms – stay at the Jellicoe Station Inn Resort B&B

Rooms are $140 per night for a double with breakfast and cabins are available for $40 pp. Dinner is available but book ahead. Another option is to stay at the Osprey Lake Retreat which you reach before Jellicoe Station. They can also provide you with dinner.

The Osprey Lake Retreat
The Osprey Lake Retreat

Day 3: Jellicoe Station to Summerland Station – Bike 58 kms – stay at a B&B – try Glenoka B&B. Very nice rooms are about $135 per night and breakfast is excellent.

Day 4: Summerland Station to Chute Lake Resort – Bike 59 kms (mostly up) – stay at the Chute Lake Lodge. The lodge was bought in 2019 and improvements have been made. You can now tent for $25/night, stay in a bunk bed, get a cabin or choose a lodge room for $84/night. Linens are provided and you can get meals. 

Day 5: Chute Lake Lodge to Idabel Lake – Bike 53 kms – stay at the Idabel Lake Resort OR call Louise at 250-765-0228 and see if she still accepts guests and provides meals.

Day 6: Idabel Lake to Beaverdell – Bike 50 kms – stay at Tamarack Lodge  Ph: 250-484-5490 or 250-484-5541 or try Collins Cabins Ph: 250-484-5121. They offer two self contained cabins but meals may be a problem.

Day 7: Beaverdell to Midway – Bike 68 kms – stay at the Mile Zero Hotel Ph: 250-449-2828. Rates are about $75 per night.

Biking the KVR through a tunnel
Biking the KVR through a tunnel

It can be a challenge to do a self-guided bike trip

As you can see it’s a challenge to bike the Kettle Valley Railway on your own and you almost need a small tent and extra food for backup. The other option is to cycle the best sections with any number of companies including Great Exploration.

Whether you choose one day or 14 days, you won’t be disappointed – perhaps physically exhausted, hot and sweaty, but also happy and proud for accomplishing this challenging bike ride.

A section of the Kettle Valley Railway
A section of the Kettle Valley Railway

Further reading on things to do in the Okanagan

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 2 Comments
  1. Follow all of your tweets and pleasantly surprised to see our very own KVR Trail listed. The natural beauty of this trail begs to be discovered and shared with hiking and biking enthusiasts worldwide. In the same vein as the great European Caminos we have selected one of our original log ranch cabins solely for the use of travellers. We are located on the KVR at the Summit 1 km west of McCulloch Lake.

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