Family biking in grasslands (Picture BC photo)
Penticton is a cycle-friendly city with scenic paths for easy rides, mountain trails for more extreme thrills and road courses tailor-made for triathletes in training.
Cycling the Okanagan River Channel
The Okanagan River Channel connects Okanagan Lake with Skaha Lake. A mostly paved pathway provides a level 8km/5mi (one-way) ride along the raised bank. During summer, check out the people gliding by on inner tubes and rafts as they "float the channel."
Kettle Valley Railway Trail
The KVR Trail, which is part of the Trans-Canada trail, is the best-known bike touring area near Penticton. Gentle two per cent grades on the former Kettle Valley Railway line make it an easy ride for everybody from Granny to tots with training wheels. The section from Chute Lake above Naramata to Penticton is extremely popular since it's all downhill with terrific views of Okanagan Lake, orchards and the vineyards of the Naramata Bench wineries. Several companies offer tours along this stretch or shuttle service to Chute Lake for riders with their own bikes.