The Kettle Valley Rail Trail - Taurus to Midway
Wednesday, september 5
Today we'll ride through history! After breakfast at the resort, we will shuttle you from Osoyoos to an access point on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. From there, we'll ride down the path of the historic rail line through the spectacular BC scenery, alongside the meandering Kettle River. We'll point out forgotten remnants of the railway and tell the story of it's building. After riding through Westbridge and the ranch lands of Boundary Country, we will stop for a picnic lunch at rustic Rock Creek, scene of a gold rush in 1859 that accelerated the settlement of this region. After lunch, we're back on the trail for the last segment of our ride, finishing in Midway, the eastern terminus of the Kettle Valley line. We'll have time to see the rail themed exhibits at the small museum housed in the original stationhouse. Then it's a shuttle back to Osoyoos and some free time before your dinner at Terrafina at Hester Creek.
We'll be riding alongside this scenic river for most of today's ride. Along the way, we'll experience BC nature at it's best, with a good chance of seeing eagles, deer and other native wildlife. If you wish, bring along a swimsuit and towel for a dip along the way. We'll be met by the Giro shuttle at Westbridge for a snack enroute.
rock creek (Our lunch stop)
We'll ride into historic Rock Creek, at the confluence of the creek that gave the town it's name (and where gold was discovered in 1859) and the Kettle River. We'll stop here for a picnic lunch and a chance to visit some of the rustic shops that still celebrate the area's historic roots.
midway rail museum
Fittingly, our ride ends today at the very spot where the Kettle Valley Rail line ended and became the Columbia Northern line into the Kootenays.
Our Dinner Destination
Terrafina at Hester creek - oliver
Tonight's dinner is at Convivia in downtown Osoyoos, just a two minute walk from Watermark Resort.
After running a successful restaurant for more than 30 years in Trois Rivieres, Que., Perrutel and his wife Johane Dupont are the proud new owners of Convivia Restaurant.
The menu at Convivia features traditional bistro-style European food, including pasta and pizza, lamb, veal, salmon and filet mignon entrees with numerous salads and appetizers.
Another house specialty is “authentic French Canadian poutine.”
“Everything we serve is homemade and we use only fresh ingredients and this includes all of our desserts,”