If you are travelling to the Okanagan head to Oliver BC and ride or walk the Hike & Bike pathway along the Okanagan River Channel. The 18.4 km trail is mostly paved through Oliver, south of Oliver towards Osoyoos is gravel. The Oliver Visitor’s Center has free parking and a nearby playground. At Road 22 there’s a parking lot and access to the Osoyoos Oxbows – a great birding site. For a fun loop ride continue onto Black Sage Road and visit a few wineries! For two all new maps of Oliver with turn by turn directions, things to see along the way, and connecting routes, pick up a copy of the new book Let’s Go Biking to the Okanagan & Beyond. Available in BC bookstores, bikeshops and gift shops or order book and ebook online at Let’s Go Biking Books.
Distance – 10km, easy and flat paved pathway
Extend the ride: Oxbows: From Oliver head south 8 km towards Osoyoos Lake for some great bird watching. You might see an Osprey nest or two high on poles. This section of the trail is unpaved and has bumpy sections. If you want to start this trail from the south end and head north to Oliver, start at the parking lot on Road 22 where the trail meets the bridge. The Oxbows trail goes south for about 1km.
More information on Oliver and other bike routes in the area: Link to Oliver Tourism Info
Monashee Bike Tours can arrange a day trip and provide bikes and a guide!