Imagine the freedom and exhilaration of biking through flourishing vineyards and rugged mountain ranges overlooking crystal clear lakes and golden sandy beaches. With such breathtaking vistas and one of the best year-round climates in Canada, it’s easy to see why thousands of cyclist pedal their way through Penticton & Wine Country every year.
It does not matter what age you are, what size you are or how fit you are – cycling is sport for everyone. Take a leisurely trail among the wineries, a rugged route down a mountainside, a challenging road race or spin your wheels at the local BMX park. Whatever your cycling needs Penticton can provide. We have top notch tour companies, rental shops, equipment providers, accomodations, cafes and craft breweries who are happy to accommodate you when you need a break. We also have a large trail map, bike repair kit and several bike racks right beside the beach in the heart of downtown.
Penticton’s magical mixture of fertile land, pure lake water and golden sunlight, not only makes for a fantastic outdoor vacation it is also the recipe for creating some of the best wine in the world. With over 60 wineries to choose from you are sure to find something to tempt your palate. You can even venture out on a cycle wine tour.
Pack up a picnic basket and cycle out to a scenic spot on the Naramata Bench where you can experience the intoxicating scent of pine and sage floating on a warm breeze, as you spy the inhabiting wildlife. Before heading home stop off to quench your thirst with a tall cool craft beer from one of the local breweries. We encourage you to discover fresh produce at its finest.
In Penticton & Wine Country you can choose your own pace – race with the wind or leisurely meander the winding country roads – just remember to take time to breathe!
Penticton and Area Cycling Association (PACA) – www.bikepenticton.com
PACA is a non-profit, member-based organization that is run by volunteers. They have several excellent projects—one of which is an online, publicly populated mapping platform that uses PDFs, GPS and Google Earth files.
Sweet Single Track: South Okanagan Trail Guide – www.sweetsingletrack.ca
SweetSingletrack.ca is a website that links to over 100 trails in the South Okanagan. It represents 67 chapters of a digital book and includes downloadable GPS and Google Earth files (maps, images and comprehensive trail descriptions). SweetSingletrack.ca is available in print—at Tourism Penticton and several local businesses—as well as online (including mobile app editions). A portion of SweetSingletrack.ca profits goes towards trail maintenance, signage and sanctioning.
Bike Okanagan – www.bikeokanagan.com
Bike Okanagan is an online resource for mountain bike trails in the North, Central and South Okanagan that is run and maintained by volunteers. It was started in 2014 and is still developing, but its growing quickly (as anyone can uploadroutes from their region). It also includes a listing of bike repair shops.
RDOS Click Hike Bike – maps.rdos.bc.ca/SilverlightViewer/viewer.html?Viewer=trails
Click, Bike, Hike is an online interactive resource that identifies regional biking trails (including details like the route surface, activities allowed on the trail, trail description, PDF map and nearby communities). Please note: the website uses a program called Silverlight and is designed to allow you to print maps and descriptions. Silverlight is not usually installed on smart phones, so it is best to access this site from a computer.