Biking and Riding in Kelowna BC
Borgata Lodge is a great location to host your biking adventure or biking vacation / holiday in Kelowna BC.
A variety of terrain is available for all enjoyment levels.
From a vigorous undulating biking trip around the perimeter of our golf resort to an amazing world famous gentle 2% slope along the famous Kettle Valley paths for 22 miles which was a former rail line with a super interesting and educational history.
National Geographic awarded the Kettle Valley line top 25 in the world for best new trips
Storing and Locking up Bikes
We have 2 large bike racks in our private underground parkade, you can lock your bike to them. Or if you rent one of our 5 townhomes, you have direct walk up access to your suite with large patio where you could lock your bike to the deck railing.
The bike or hike/walk offers specacular views of Okanagan Valley, Lake Okanagan, the city of Kelowna, remains of the fires of 2003 and how mother nature in its amazing recovery returns with vigor, see areas where the fires heat assisted in re seeding the land, there are areas so green and thick with new trees from 2′ – 8′ tall in some areas so thick you could not walk through them !
Breathtaking views along the wide and well manicured path offer picturesque view points at every Tressel and many at must stop corners with panorama views and majestic elevation changes in the foreground. Signage of the builiding history &, historical points of interest with nice hand crafted wooden benches offers a mulititude of spots to have a picknic or just stop to take in the beauty before moving on to the next one.
Walk or ride what ever suites your needs or desires. You can rent bikes in the parking lot
Kettle Valley High Line
Anxious to protect its silver and gold stores, Canada created a railway through southern British Columbia in the early 1900s to keep certain stake-claiming international neighbors at bay. The resulting 250-mile-long Kettle Valley Railway crosses three mountain ranges and dozens of canyons—and since ceasing operation in 1972 has been gradually converted into a rail trail. This year one of the most scenic portions, Myra Canyon, was completed.
Myra Canyon to Kelowna
Cycle This 12-kilometre stretch—”the jewel of the Kettle Valley Rail Trail”—was hidden from public view for five years after the fires of 2003 destroyed 13 of its 18 trestles. Reopened in June 2008, the trail now draws 100,000 cyclists and hikers a year, with its great vistas overlooking Kelowna and Lake Okanagan.
Trans Canada Trail (TCT) will soon be the longest recreational trail in the world. Spanning approximately 18,000 kilometers, it will wind its way through every province and territory in Canada. A combination of existing trails, railtrails and newly built trail sections, thousands of kilometers of the multi-use trail are already open to explore.
The Kettle Valley Railway Trail (KVR) section of the TCT winds its way along several river valleys between the eastern Purcell Mountain Range and the western Cascade Mountains in the southern interior of British Columbia.
The 450 km trail from Midway to Hope travels through mountains, forests, grasslands, and orchards that surround the sunny Okanagan Valley. An additional 150 km of the Columbia and Western Trail from Midway to Castlegar is often included when referring to the KVR for a total of 600 km.
The KVR was built at the beginning of the 20th century during the race for control of the region’s mineral wealth. It was abandoned by the railroad in the 1970’s due to the increasing cost of maintaining this mountainous rail line.
Recently listed by Bicycling Magazine as one of the 50 top rides on our planet, the former rail corridor now offers cyclists a unique cycling opportunity. Traveling this scenic trail with its many trestles and tunnels of a bygone era is truly an adventure.
The Kelowna section of this trail is the most visited and ridden section as riders are a treated to approximately 18 trestle train bridges in and around Myra and Bellevue Canyons and two tunnels cut through the surrounding rugged terrain. The main access is via McCulloch Road past the Gallagher’s Canyon golf course to the Myra Forest Service Road. Use caution since this section of paved road is narrow with blind corners. Once on the forest service road, follow it for 8 km to the large parking area. The road is gravel and can be rough. The gravel parking area is divided into two lots with a total of roughly 75 spots and lots of room to turn around. There are two pit toilets here, one of which is wheelchair accessible. For a good afternoon of riding head west from this location to the trestles of Myra Canyon. Continue on to experience the trestles of Bellevue Canyon and then ride back.