This route starts and finishes at Kal Beach in Vernon, heads north to Grindrod by passing Swan Lake, Otter Lake, Armstrong, and Enderby all on quiet farm roads. Once in Grindrod, a short 3km climb will take riders up to Gardom Lake. There’s a brief hard-packed gravel section, ~500m in length, just past Gardom as the route turns onto Deep Creek Road. The route returns to Vernon on even more peaceful farm roads, eventually taking the newly constructed cycling shoulder on Old Kamloops Road back into Vernon.
Points of Interest
- Kal Beach @ 0km
- Grindrod @ 67km.
- Enderberry Farm @ 71km.
- Gardum Lake @ 75km.
- Hull Car @ 89km.
- Farmstrong Cider @ 89km.
- Swan Lake @ 12km & 115km.
Surfaces & Traffic
99% pavement of moderate quality; farmland pavement = pot holes. There’s very little traffic apart from two sections of highway; 5km stretch at the north end of Swan Lake as you leave Vernon, and another short section of highway between Grindrod and Enderberry Farm at the northernmost point. Just past Swan Lake, St. Annes and Otter Lake Road can be a little busier with traffic on the weekends around noon.
OKTip: restock at Mayberry Country Market in Grindrod @ 67km. You should be able to make it from Vernon to this stop with two bottles and a snack or two. Refill and return to Vernon with one stop; be efficient and avoid coffee-legs.
Kal Beach / Coldstream @ 0km:
Armstrong @ 37km & 98km:
There’s a handful of gas stations and grocers for basic snacks, below are more substantial coffee & eats. When heading northbound this route doesn’t go directly into Armstrong. If you’re wanting to stop at 38-40km and 98km into the ride, you can adjust the route accordingly:
Enderby @ 57km:
Again, gas stations are plentiful. We recommend pushing to Grindrod — 10km further — for your next stop. But, here are some great options if your plans should change (like if you’re lazy and just want to ride a Vernon to Enderby loop):
Grindrod @ 67km:
- Mayberry Country Market is the garbage food option.
- Riverfront Pub & Grill, where you can have a burger & beer and avoid your family at home for longer.
- Farmer John’s Market kind of smells like cow poop, but you can eat an ice-cream cone and peer at the milk cows through the large plexiglass window in the store.
This route is a soulride; enjoy the scenic farm roads this route offers.
There is just one short climb: Berry Road Climb, 2.83km @ 5.3%. But if you’re out here for training, there are multiple opportunities for 20-30 minute efforts on rolling terrain.
- Stop in Armstrong around 35km
- Shorten the route to ~100km with this Vernon to Enderby loop
- Roll from Salmon Arm; send us an email or message us on Instagram if you want more info on this route.
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