Higher Ground Weekend Warriors

Higher Ground Weekend Warriors

Not sure how to spend your weekend if not on the water? There’s plenty to do in the Okanagan, and guest blogger Steph Snelling shares her recommendations for a 1, 2, or 3-day adventure.

With many favourite lake activities at a standstill for the moment, now is the perfect time to catch up on all of the other summer activities you may have neglected. If you’re like me, sometimes it’s difficult to find time to explore home when there’s so much of the world to see. But whether you have one day off – or three – here’s a guide to meet all of your adventure needs.

If You Have Three Days to Explore, Your Journey Could Start Here:

Begin at Myra Canyon Station on the Kettle Valley Rail Trail and bike the first 40km on a 0-1% grade to Chute Lake Resort. You can rent bikes through Hoodoo Adventures or at the trail head. This is one of the most popular sections and stations to start from, and it’s not surprising given the incredible trestles and views.

If you have a few days to take your time and soak up the ride at a leisurely pace, Chute Lake Resort may be where you park yourself for the night to camp or book a stay in one of the rustic cabins. If it’s sunny and warm, picnic outside or if you’re ready to seek refuge from the rays, head inside the lodge and enjoy a homemade slice of pie (made with love by Doreen).

Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Photos: Steph Snelling

Two Day Explorers Read From Here:

You can reach Chute Lake by car, so catch a ride up and set off from Chute Lake Resort (hopefully with a stomach full of homemade pie) and bike the next leg on a 2% downhill grade. This should only take about 3 hours, give or take. When you hit Naramata, bike down to the lake and cool down with a stand-up paddle board with Sun n’ Sup. Grab a picnic lunch from the Naramata Store with fresh bread and delicious meats and cheeses. When you’ve had a quick dip and paddled around, enjoy a Tapas dinner at The Naramata Heritage Inn. I highly recommend their famous peanut soup!

Peanut Soup at Naramata Heritage Inn, Sup n Sun Naramata

Photos: Steph Snelling

With stomachs full of food, we arranged to drop off our bikes and shuttle to the Summerland Waterfront Resort. If you choose to stay here, give your legs a break in the hot tub or enjoy a glass of wine on your private patio! The next morning take advantage of Summerland Waterfront Resort’s free cruiser rentals for guests, and bike along the waterfront. Head home feeling energized and rejuvenated.

Cruiser Bike Summerland Waterfront Resort

If You Only Have One Full Day:

Head to Sun n’ Sup and rent bikes for a day of bike touring along the bench. Naramata Taxi can shuttle you to the top so you can cruise downhill stopping into the plethora of wineries, Legend Distilling, and The Naramata Cider Company along the way. Stop for lunch at Hillside Winery which is right off of the KVR and easily accessible. Visit the brand new tasting room at Serendipity for breathtaking views and your architectural fix. End the day with an early dinner at Legend Distilling on their gorgeous patio, or head down to the beach and order a peach and prosciutto pizza from Real Things Pizza (they deliver to the beach, marina, or even the trail itself!)

Legend Distilling

Naramata Bench

Photos: Steph Snelling

Are you planning your next adventure? Let us know! Tag us in your photos at @discoverroute97 or by using #Route97.