Summerland KVR and TransCanada Trail
8:30 am - Meet at Resort
9:00 am - Start riding at Kettle Place
10:30 am - Ride on Kettle Valley Steam Train/Ride to Summergate
12:15 pm - Lunch at KV Station
1:15 pm - Ride to Summerland Sweets
2:15 pm - Ice Cream stop at Summerland Sweets
2:45 pm - Ride to Dirty Laundry/Optional Giant’s Head Climb
3:00 pm - Tasting at Dirty Laundry
3:45 pm - Ride back to Resort
4:15 pm - Free Time at Resort
6:30 pm - Shuttle to Villa Rosa
7:00 pm - Dinner at Villa Rosa
9:30 pm - Shuttle back to Resort
Monday, June 24
We'll explore the history of Summerland and this section of the Kettle Valley Railway and the TransCanada Trail, as well as meander along Summerland's Bottleneck Drive on this stunningly scenic ride.
SUMMERGATE Winery (option for longer ride)
Right from the start it has always been about the creation of premium wines using estate grown grapes. We use natural techniques such as reduced crop yield, special canopy and vineyard management practices, and working – as nature intended – without petro-chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers to ensure the production of high quality fruit. Hand harvested and gently pressed, our wines are slowly fermented in small batch stainless steel tanks. The result is an amazingly fresh, crisp, fruit forward wine series.
(Note: those wanting a longer ride can opt for additional riding and a visit to Summergate instead of a ride on the Steam Train)
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway (Option for Shorter Ride)
The KVR showcases a unique part of the Okanagan’s and British Columbia’s history. Built during 1910- 1915, the KVR “Kootenay to Coast Connection” powered our pioneer fruit industry into world markets, transported our families on vacations and errands; created employment, hobos and stories that will be with us forever. For our casual group, we’ll include admission for a 90 minute ride on the train)
(Note: Both Groups will meet at the Station for a catered picnic lunch after the ride on the train)
Mr. F.E. (Ted) Atkinson founded Summerland Sweets in 1962.
In the early 60‘s, working out of pickers’ cabin on his orchard, Ted started producing fruit jelly candies to raise funds for the local Rotary Club.
Today we have a full range of fruit based products including pancake syrups, gourmet jams, nut brittles, and many gift packages. Summerland Sweets is also home to Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery which began operations in 2008.
(Note: both groups will stop here for ice cream or other treats!)
Thanks to the vision of the vineyard's founders, Dirty Laundry Vineyard has some of the oldest vinifera vines in the Okanagan Valley. The winery features a most welcoming and beguiling vine-covered patio that overlooks orchards, vineyards and Okanagan Lake, as well as the historic trestle bridge at Trout Creek Canyon.
Garnett Valley Road (Option for Longer Ride)
We’ve added a local favourite, the fresh asphalt through the rolling farms along the Garnett Valley Road. You’ll be riding through history, following the same route as the famous Brigade and Cariboo Trails.
our Dinner Destination - Villa Rosa
Over the years we have built our reputation by offering consistently great food with an extensive local BC and Italian wine list. Together they truly compliment our atmosphere and make for an unforgettable experience.
The Okanagan has been very good to us over the years in both providing world-class quality wine and the most amazing fresh produce possible, as well as a tremendous amount of guests over the years, many who have also become great friends!!