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The Similkameen Valley 

saturday, sept 7

Itinerary

9 am - Meet at Watermark Resort

9:15 am - Shuttle to Ride Start (Tulameen)

11 am - Ride to Princeton

12:30 pm - Lunch at Princeton

1:15 pm - Ride to Hedley

3:15 pm - End of Ride - Optional Museum Tour/Wine Tasting in Keremeos

4:00 pm - Shuttle to Osoyoos

5:00 pm - Free time at Resort

7:00 pm - Dinner at Convivia

Today we head to the Similkameen Valley for a wonderful wrap up ride along the Tulameen and Similkameen Rivers, partly following the route of the Kettle Valley Railway and partly following the historic Dewdney Trail along a quiet back road. We stop in Princeton for a picnic lunch and wrap up our ride in Hedley, a historic mining town. Options include following the road from Tulameen to Princeton or the KVR rail trail. There’s also an additional 14 km out and back from Tulameen if you go the road option. At the pick up point, choose from a tour of the Hedley Mining Museum or a wine tasting at one of the excellent estate wineries around Keremeos and Cawston.

Dinner tonight is at Convivia Bistro in Ososyoos, a short walk from the resort.


Our Tour

Casual Option

Road Option

OUR STOPS

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Tulameen, BC

We start our ride in the picturesque village of Tulameen in the Similkameen Valley. Located at the south end of Otter Lake and just north of the Tulameen River, Tulameen enjoys a semi-arid climate that is sheltered from the heavy rains of the Lower Mainland by the Canadian Cascades mountain range.

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Coalmont, BC

In days gone by, Coalmont was a junction on the Kettle Valley Railway. Today that old rail line is part of the Great Trail (formerly the Trans Canada Trail). Some people here can trace their roots back to the gold rush of 1885. One of their oldest buildings here (1912) is the Coalmont Hotel. It is temporarily closed, and we hope it reopens soon.

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princeton (Lunch stop)

We’ll pass through Princeton where we’ll meet the Giro Shuttle for a roadside picnic by the side of the river. Princeton is where the KVR trail turns north for it’s run to Summerland, so we’ll leave the trail here and continue on old Hedley Road, which parallels the historic Dewdney Trail.

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Hedley Museum (Optional)

We’ll wrap up the ride in the historic mining town of Hedley. Here we have the option of touring the small but fascinating Hedley Museum, or climbing aboard the Giro Shuttle for our other optional stop - wine tasting in Keremeos!

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Corcelette’s Estate Winery (Optional)

Led by Charlie and Jesce Baessler, the skilled team at Corcelettes is committed to creating exceptional wines and experiences. In history the word “Corcelettes” described a royal garden; this hasn’t changed with the team’s continued attention to the land and precision practices in both the vineyard and cellar.

 

Our Dinner Destination

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convivia Bistro in osoyoos

For a truly memorable dining experience, come and join us for Italian and French cuisine prepared with local fruits and vegetables complimented with local wines poured especially to your proposal menu.