Rail Trail Ramble - Frequently Asked Questions

You've got ramble questions - well we've got some ramble answers!

Q: When do we leave and where are we leaving from?

A: We depart The Lions Cyclery (1276 Ellis Street, Kelowna) at 7am, Friday July 13th. We know it's early, but this time of year can get hot - and we want to be done the climb to the KVR before the heat of the afternoon hits.

Q: Where are we sleeping?

A: The plan is to stop at two different campsites. The first night we'll be staying at a campsite just west of Chute Lake, off the KVR. The second night we will be staying at Link Lake recreation site just off the KVR, between Princeton and Summerland. 

Q: What do I need to bring?

A: This is bikepacking, so you'll need a bike and your camping gear. A bare minimum of gear would look like this:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping bag
  • Clothing for 3 days, or one set of clothing that you can wear for 3 days! Be prepared for very hot days and chilly nights. Watch the weather forecast for that weekend and come prepared!
  • Bags to carry your gear and the food we will give you for snacks and lunch
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • A hat to guard against sun (highly recommended)
  • Lip balm
  • Camp cookset (optional)
  • Swim trunks (optional)
  • Water purification pump or tablets (optional but highly recommended)
  • Water bottles or bladder (you want to be able to carry at least 2 liters of water)
  • Spare parts for your bike (tube, tire levers, allen keys)

For more detailed lists, you can check out some of them over at Bikepacking.com.

Q: Will there be food?

A: Breakfast and dinner will be the big meals that we will provide and will stop for every day (and yes, COFFEE). You will be provided with on-bike snacks that you get to carry every day - hydration mix, chews, and bars.

Q: Will there be water?

A: The route will take us past different bodies of water which we can draw from. This is where your water purification gear or tablets will come into play.

Q: Will there be beer?

A: Yup! And maybe some cider too!

Q: What does "supported" mean

A: We have organized the campgrounds, the route, food, and some beverages. There will be some technical support at the start and the end of each day, but you should be self-sufficient during the day while we are all riding. 


Any more questions that we haven't covered here? Shoot us an email at [email protected].