No matter the time of year, there is always something happening in Penticton. Home to over 30 annual major events and festivals, there is a variety to experience from cultural showcases, world-class sporting events, beer and wine festivals, live entertainment, seasonal fairs and so much more. Check out the events list below.
8th Annual Okanagan Trestles Tour
You are invited to come ride the historic Kettle Valley Rail Trail starting at the famous Myra Canyon, Kelowna to Penticton 80km. We have added a 40km option starting at Chute Lake Resort and a 20 km option starting at Glenfir. All distances finish at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. The 80km ride is the most popular.
Join us for this fun oriented non-competitive event. The 80km route starts with 18 trestles and two tunnels, beautiful views, flat profile for the first 36km then a 2.2% decline to Penticton. The 40km route starts at the half way point “Chute Lake” goes through Rock Oven Regional Park, Naramata Wine Country and is a 2.2% decline to Penticton. The 20km route starts at Glenfir Loop there is 4 km of gravel then 16 km of recycled asphalt. Bring your Camera!
There will be 5 rest stops with food and drinks; mechanical support and first aid on route; when you arrive in Penticton you will be greeted with bbq, beer, wine, cider and more.
It is the 107th Anniversary of the completion of the Kettle Valley Railway and the 108th anniversary of the completion of Myra Canyon trestles. The Trestles were re-opened in 2008, (14 years ago) after the 2003 Okanagan Mountain Fire with a great celebration. Now it is time to celebrate this amazing trail and history again.
The event supports the KVR Rail Trail and BC Parks.
Abandoned railway corridors hold unparalleled opportunities as recreational trails, and the Kettle Valley Railway is no exception. This corridor is one of the most dynamic routes in Canada, with some truly impressive scenery and spectacular views. The 80 km route is challenging with the average time being 5.5 hours. The 40km route will take approximately 2.5 -3.5 hours. The 20 km route will take approximately 1.25 – 1.75 hours. Cycling this trail is truly a dynamic and challenging venture that unfolds over the expanse of place and time. The 2021 event will be celebrating the Trans Canada Trail “The Great Trail” and the historic KVR Rail Trail.
At this time, we are planning the following to host a safe event:
- The event is based outside and it is easy to social distance (2 meters) from other participants riding your bike.
- Shuttling of participants is the only time there is a gathering, masks will be mandatory on the bus. Windows will be open on the buses. Public transportation is happening now following these same guidelines.
- We will stagger the buses to reduce the number of people getting on their bikes at the start at one time; unloading one bus at a time.
- Snack stations on route will follow updated food safe protocols participants will ask for items which will be handed to them. There will be no self serve.
- Finish BBQ will probably be a grab and go type meal, where participants can then easily spread out into 3 large beautifuil parks at the finish area.
- Rotary Park, Lake Okanagan Park and Gyro Park
- There will be no live music this year to avoid gatherings at the finish.
- Package pick up will be modified to a walk through experience; in one door and out another door. At this time, we are planning to use the South Okanagan Events Center front entrance for both Saturday and Sunday morning package pick ups. The Penticton Trade and Convention Center is now being used to provide Covid-19 vaccines.
- The Okanagan Trestles Tour will still be an incredible experience, riding your bike on the historic KVR Rail Trail. Bring your camera and enjoy the day 🙂
It is important to state: the above are only plans, plans can change and will be communicated as needed and the website will be updated as we know more.