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Author Lee Nelson

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OKRoutes is curated by Lee Nelson: a long time resident of Alberta, avid traveler, CAT 2 cyclist, and fondo-fun-haver who recently relocated to beautiful British Columbia.

Lee is exploring and enjoying all the Okanagan has to offer and sharing his favourite gravel & road cycling routes, food, drink, and leisure destinations with you! Come explore with OKRoutes!


23 OKRoutes have been curated by Lee:

  1. 1 Swan Lake / St. Annes to Yankee Flats

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    97km
    Elevation
    1070m
    Tag
    • Hilly
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC

    A beautiful ride through rural agriculture areas, free of large climbs.

  2. 2 Mabel Lake Loop

    Category
    Epic
    Surface
    Gravel
    Distance
    208km
    Elevation
    2454m
    Tag
    • Bike Packing
    • Hilly
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC

    The Okanagan’s best-kept gravel secret, this ride is remote and adventurous.

  3. 3 Predator Ridge

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    64km
    Elevation
    1367m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Moderate Traffic
    • Wine
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Video
    • 2 Videos

    Where do you stack up on this popular climb… prey or predator?

  4. 4 Beaver Lake / Thompson Plateau Gravel Ride

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Mostly Gravel
    Distance
    97km
    Elevation
    1437m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Bike Packing
    • Forest Service Road
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Photo
    • 1 Photo
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Discover the beauty of the Thompson Plateau region while testing your gravel climbing & descending skills.

  5. 5 Silver Star

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    59km
    Elevation
    1445m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Moderate Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC

    One of Canada’s Top 5™ Climbs.

  6. 6 North Okanagan Loop

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    142km
    Elevation
    1607m
    Tag
    • Hilly
    • Wine
    • Moderate Traffic
    • North Okanagan
    • Lake Country
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Start from Kelowna, Lake Country, or Vernon to travel the undulating roads around the north end of Okanagan lake.

  7. 7 Oyama Lake

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Mostly Gravel
    Distance
    72km
    Elevation
    1355m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Video
    • 2 Videos

    A climb so awesome you’ll want to head back down and ride up again!

  8. 8 Wood Lake Loop

    Category
    Easy
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    17.3km
    Elevation
    163m
    Tag
    • Flat
    • Moderate Traffic
    • Wine
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    A classic short loop with beautiful views.

  9. 9 Rail Trail

    Category
    Easy
    Surface
    Gravel
    Distance
    52.8km
    Elevation
    108m
    Tag
    • Leisure
    • Flat
    • No Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    The KVR is the main vehicle-free connector for riding in the Okanagan.

  10. 10 Lumby

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    87km
    Elevation
    809m
    Tag
    • Flat
    • Rolling
    • Rural
    • Moderate Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Take the back roads to Lumby on a mostly flat route with an extension up to the base of Shuswap Falls.

  11. 11 Under the Shadow of Silver Star

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Mostly Gravel
    Distance
    124km
    Elevation
    1466m
    Tag
    • Flat
    • Rolling
    • Rural
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Circumnavigate around the base of Silver Star Mountain on Trinity Valley Rd, past the stunning Enderby Cliffs, then through Enderby, Armstrong, and back to Vernon.

  12. 12 Vernon Garbage Collection

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Mostly Road
    Distance
    105km
    Elevation
    1842m
    Tag
    • Hilly
    • Rolling
    • Inner City
    • Moderate Traffic
    Cloudy
    Vernon 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Stay inside the city limits of Vernon and climb ~2000m without traveling up Silver Star Road.

  13. 13 Ronde van Kelowna

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    104km
    Elevation
    1985m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Rolling
    • Inner City
    • Moderate Traffic
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Video
    • 2 Videos

    Stay inside the city limits of Kelowna while climbing nearly 2000m and experiencing the quieter, European-feeling roads that Kelowna’s eastside has to offer.

  14. 14 Gravel for Lunch in Naramata

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Mostly Gravel
    Distance
    81km
    Elevation
    1360m
    Tag
    • Hilly
    • Wine
    • Food
    • Moderate Traffic
    Cloudy
    Penticton 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    A mostly-gravel route along the beautiful Naramata Bench wine-producing region northeast of Penticton

  15. 15 Poached Fondo

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    159km
    Elevation
    1886m
    Tag
    • Rolling
    • Wine
    • Okanagan Falls
    • Food
    • Twin Lakes
    • Heavy Traffic
    Cloudy
    Penticton 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Merckx it for the Snickers.

  16. 16 Dead Ends of Kelowna

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    92km
    Elevation
    1466m
    Tag
    • Rolling
    • Lakeshore
    • Bear Creek
    • Moderate Traffic
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Video
    • 2 Videos

    It’s an out ’n back!

  17. 17 Shingle, Boyle, & Darke Creek

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Mostly Gravel
    Distance
    93km
    Elevation
    947m
    Tag
    • Rolling
    • Apex
    • Summerland
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Penticton 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Bikerat shit.

  18. 17 Camp Boyle

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Mostly Gravel
    Distance
    93km
    Elevation
    947m
    Tag
    • Rolling
    • Apex
    • Summerland
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Penticton 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    Bikerat shit.

  19. 18 Big White

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    108km
    Elevation
    2149m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Big White
    • Joe Rich
    • Moderate Traffic
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC

    An epic 50km climb from East Kelowna to Big White.

  20. 19 Philpott FSR

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Gravel
    Distance
    108km
    Elevation
    1764m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Forest Service Road
    • Backcountry
    • Joe Rich
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    An accessible gravel tour of the numerous small lakes located up on the Thomson Okanagan Plateau east of Kelowna and south of Vernon via Philpott FSR.

  21. 20 McCulloch to Peachland Gravel Loop

    Category
    Epic
    Surface
    Gravel
    Distance
    195km
    Elevation
    3146m
    Tag
    • Forest Service Road
    • McCulloch
    • Greyback Mountain
    • Shingle Creek
    • Garnet Road
    • Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park
    • Kelowna Nordic
    • Campbell Mountain
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Peachland 15ºC
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Cloudy
    Penticton 13ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    A challenging gravel ride around the southern end of Okanagan Lake.

  22. 21 Sunday Sails Group Ride

    Category
    Medium
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    75km
    Elevation
    961m
    Tag
    • Sunday
    • Group Ride
    • Black Mountain
    • Coffee
    • Central Okanagan
    • Joe Rich
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Video
    • 1 Video

    The local Kelowna group ride departing @8/9AM from the Sails sculpture. Features multiple short & shallow climbs, the ride does not drop riders and typically regroups after each segment.

  23. 22 Lake Country Wino

    Category
    Difficult
    Surface
    Road
    Distance
    70km
    Elevation
    1401m
    Tag
    • Mountainous
    • Lake Country
    • Coffee
    • Central Okanagan
    • Wine
    • Light Traffic
    Cloudy
    Kelowna 15ºC
    Video
    • 2 Videos

    Climbing ~1500m in just 70km, this is a difficult training route in Lake Country that will get you into shape post-haste.