BC Railways Adventure Ride 2013

The Best of Canada's Railway Trails
Join us for this 7 day Adventure Ride around British Columbia
September 7th through 14th
This is an Adventure for both Dual Sport and Adventure riders

Ride is over now!  We had a great time!
Below is a slideshow of some of the Pictures

Ride feedback

BC Railways Adventure Ride 2013 Review ‎(Responses)‎

BC Railways Invatation

Check out my Video Invitation to this ride

The ride will begin and end in Mount Vernon, Washington.

About the ride:
This is a 7 day ride to explore the best of the back parts of British Columbia's Railway Trails.
The ride starts in Mt Vernon Washington and travels north to Canada then east through BC and drops back into Washington to return to Mt Vernon. The ride makes a 1,250 mile (2000 km) loop.

This ride is a combination of camping and lodging.  You will need to carry your own gear on your bike.

The Lodging on the Ride

 Our route includes: Kettle Valley Railway Trail, Slocan Valley Rail Trail, Columbia & Western Rail Trail, and Great Northern Rail Trail.
The route will have options depending on the level of difficulty that you select and the weather conditions.

Riding begins Sunday morning 9/8/2013
Recommendation:  You should arrive Saturday Evening in Mt Vernon WA

Below is a slideshow of what you should see on the trip; this is from the last time we did the ride

Slideshow From the 2011 trip

OK, so if you are an experienced rider and camper, consider joining us! Sign up details below.

This is a gps ride, you will need a Garmin gps with a microSD card slot.
I can recommend one if you like, send me an email
With your ride sign up you will receive a microSD card with custom maps for the ride and gps files by email.
Saturday evening you will receive gps training during the rider's meeting.
You will also receive paper map handouts.

How does the ride Navigation work?

This is a self-led GPS ride; all riding is on your own.  You are responsible for your own riding.  You will be given a GPS map file and instruction on how to use your Garmin GPS unit.  People will hook up in small groups of less than 6 riders and tend to ride together.  You are not encouraged to ride alone.  You are responsible for your own riding and yourself.  (see my ride Navigation Video)

Questions email: gpsKevin@gmail.com

Note from me, gpsKevin
My goal for this ride is simple:  great riding! So you can count on great routes and places to ride.
But in addition, the ride is about  discovering new places, meeting new friends, seeing new parts of Canada.

Who has signed up for the ride Below

BC Railways Ride Signup Form ‎‎(Responses)‎‎

OK since many of you might like to study more detail about the ride, below is a ton of info about the plan and routes.

First the link to the detailed planning document is below.  This is my working plan so it will continue to evolve as the ride gets near. (This link is the really cool details of the ride so CLICK IT!)

BC Railways 2013 Ride Plan

Ride Plan Maps
I put these ride maps on the web page because I know a few of you love looking at the ride detail and dreaming about the ride.  At first glance these maps do not look so impressive, but they are way cool.  If you click the Earth or Satellite tab and start zooming in, you can see the ride in incredible detail.   I have spent a ton of hours sorting through the details of the ride for each day, so for those of you that enjoy this sort of thing, well enjoy!

The Blue lines are the main routes
The Green lines are easy workaround options

BC Railways Route Day1

BC Railways Route Day2

BC Railways Route Day3

BC Railways Route Day4

BC Railways Route Day5

BC Railways Route Day6

BC Railways Route Day7


Q: If I truck my bikes to Mt Vernon WA is there a place to leave my truck for the week during the ride?
A: Yes, we  have made arrangements with the motel in Mt Vernon (Cocusa Motel)  to leave our trucks  there during the ride.

Q: Do I need a Passport?
A: Yes, we will be crossing the US and Canada border a couple of times, both countries require passports

Q: What bike are best for this ride?
A: Adventure bikes work great 600cc to 1200cc, they are good for caring all the camping gear, Dual Sports can work but must be  set up to haul the gear

Q:  What Weather should I plan for?
A: The weather can be anything from hot to chilly, plan for the possibility of rain, both riding and camping

Q: Will there be any side trail riding options if I want to do some more seriously challenging off road?
A:  No, there are no planed side trip options, mostly this is a scenic, exploring, and camping ride.

Q: how trail worthy does my bike (or me) need to be for this ride
A:  There are no hard trail sections, just graded railways beds and dirt roads, this ride is good for new riders

Q: Does the ride fee cover the motel at the brginning and end of the ride?
A: No, if you are traveling to the start of the ride, you will need to make your own reservation, I suggest Cocusa Motel in Mt Vernon

Q; What do I do if I don't have a Garmin gps?
A: Buy one, you need it. We will show you how to use it. You can get a great one for 100 bucks. ( See gpsKevin's gps recommendations).

Q: Is the riding really on my own?
A: Yes, it is on your own, but not by yourself.  Everyone hooks up and rides with a friend or a new friend and rides together.  I do not encourage riding alone.

Q: Do I need a street licensed bike?
A: Yes, there are areas where a licensed bike is required. You must also have a motorcycle class drivers license.

Q: Do I need insurance?
A: Yes, you must carry proof of medical insurance and liability insurance for yourself/motorcycle.