Situated between Swan Lake, Kalamalka Lake, and Okanagan Lake, there’s a reason that Vernon is known for its water recreation. However, with new bike lanes, paths, and the legendary Rail Trail making tracks through the northern Okanagan city, it’s also become a great place to go for a ride.
Between shopping and patio dining on Main Street (30th Ave), and hammock hangouts at Kalavida Surf Shop, I researched this article about biking in Vernon for ZenSeekers that has all you need to know, including where to rent a bike. Once you have that info, check out these Top 3 Places to Cycle in Vernon:
Top 3 Places to Cycle in Vernon
Bike the City
Rent from: Sun Country Cycle (102-1340 Kalamalka Lake Rd, Vernon)
The City of Vernon has a network of gravel, paved, multi-use, and separated/dedicated bike lanes. Some of the best routes are in the Downtown Shopping Core, along 29th Street, 30th Street, 30th Ave, 32nd Ave, and 39th Ave. From Polson Park, there is also a great roadside route that will take you right to the north end of Kalamalka Lake, along Kalamalka Lake Road. You’ll meet up with the folks at the Rail Trail Cafe and Kalavida Surf Shop, at the base of the Rail Trail.
Ride the Rail Trail
Rent from: Kalavida Surf Shop (13904 Kalamalka Rd, Coldstream)
The Rail Trail is the northern part of the 50km path called the Okanagan Rail Trail, that reaches all the way down to Oliver along an old CPR railway corridor. Through Lake Country, Kelowna, Summerland, and Oliver, that will be fully linked by the end of the summer.
Pedal Predator Ridge
Rent from: Predator Ridge (301 Village Centre Place, Vernon)
Looking for an awesome resort getaway, perhaps with some gourmet dining, golf, spa facilities, shops, and epic valley views? World-reknowned Predator Ridge just opened up their own network of bike trails that reach down to Ellison Provincial Park at the north end of Okanagan Lake.
Read my ZenSeekers article to get top tips for cycling in Vernon »