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Photograph courtesy of Monashee Adventure Tours
British Columbia
The BC High Line

Anxious to protect its silver and gold stores, Canada created a railway through southern British Columbia in the early 1900s to keep certain stake-claiming international neighbors at bay. The resulting 250-mile-long Kettle Valley Railway crosses three mountain ranges and dozens of canyons—and since ceasing operation in 1972 has been gradually converted into a rail trail. This year one of the most scenic portions, Myra Canyon, was completed. Monashee Adventure Tours’ three-day cycling loop will link Myra’s 18 trestle bridges and two tunnels with the former mining towns of Penticton and Summerland. The B&B-based ride begins with 40-mile vistas and thimbleberry snacks (collected on-site). On day two, “gravity is our friend,” says Monashee owner Ed Kruger. You’ll drop 22 miles at a 2 percent downhill grade with expansive Okanagan Valley views, whizzing past ponderosa pines and rock ovens once used by railway workers. On the last day, you’ll ride to the train, which still chugs through Prairie Valley, and hop on for a spin over Trout Creek Trestle. Final stop: Sumac Ridge Estate Winery for a tasting and lunch.

Outfitter: Monashee Adventure Tours;
Price: $1,417 ($$$$)
Length: 3 days
Departs: May–October

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