The Okanagan boasts shoulder-season shoreline riding on its newest rail trail

Your next bucket-list bike vacation awaits in Vernon

Nearly a century ago, construction of the Kelowna branch of the Canadian Northern railway connected Okanagan goods to the rest of Canada. Today, the former Canadian Northern rail corridor once again connects communities from Coldstream to Kelowna, this time as the Okanagan Rail Trail.

The Okanagan Rail Trail traces the valley’s shorelines past lakefront neighborhoods, yellow rabbitbrush and bedrock outcroppings

The 50km rail trail runs from the north end of Kalamalka Lake south to the center of Okanagan Lake. From the north end of Kalamalka Lake, just south of Vernon, the rail trail traces the lake’s shore south past lakefront neighborhoods, yellow rabbitbrush and bedrock outcroppings.

(Interested in “riding the rails” in Vernon? Check out the full story here!)

Nearly half the rail trail runs along lakefront, creek and natural habitats, connecting visitors to the natural history along this corridor. Here, visitors can follows in the footsteps–quite literally–of untold years of human travel along the lakes and rolling slopes of the Okanagan Valley.

Cyclists pedal through Polson Park, one of 22 parks within five blocks of the rail trail.

The nearly level rail-grade allows users to hike or bike as little or as long as they like, from lunch-break strolls to high-mileage bike rides. Cozy coffee shops and pretty city parks–some two-dozen within five blocks of the route–allow for pre-ride caffeine stops and post-ride picnics.

Cyclists can stroll Davison Orchards Country Village, a popular farm market a short side-trip from the rail trail

And, because this is one of Canada’s banana belts and a famed growing region, cyclists should take advantage of the number of detours to farm markets, wineries, meaderies and distilleries for farm-to-fork–or farm-to-flask–refreshments. After all, cyclists need not work up much of a sweat to reward themselves on this bucket-list bike vacation.

Sometimes the best kind of apple to pick comes dipped in caramel

Interested in checking out the Okanagan’s newest rail trail? Head on over to Zenseekers for the full scoop!

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