Ride this 1300-km loop through the mountains and valleys of the Okanagan. This motorcycle route is on dirt or gravel roads with minimal paved roads. The valleys are a vacation mecca filled with lakes, beaches, golf courses, vineyards and orchards. Each day you will ride up into the cool air of the mountain wilderness and revel in the winding forestry roads past lakes and wildlife. No crowds up here, and at the end of the day you can return to the comforts of civilization.
Many riders helped out with local knowledge and generally putting up with me trying routes that did not work. So a big thank you to Alex, Pat, Ron, Kyle and Levon. And of course, the 11 riders who did a group ride of Day 4!
The Okanagan Cbdr is a loop, so you can begin wherever is best for you. In the phone app, there are two versions, one for camping, and one for motels stays.
Motel nights are in Kelowna, Sicamous, Sorrento, West Kelowna and Oliver.
The Garmin GPS version lets you Camp or Motel it.
If you camp, you decide how many days to do the 1300 km loop. Do you take it easy, or do you ride long days and do it in 4 or even 3? The ride navigation shows over 50 campgrounds along the route and the camping version shows the fuel leg distance.
It is best to ride this motorcycle loop in a counter-clockwise direction. The navigation uses directional lines which point counter-clockwise. Also going counter-clockwise also takes you up the Hedley Nickleplate Road, not down, on Day 4. The many switchbacks on this climb are more fun and safer on the way up.
The navigation runs on the free version of the Avenza phone app. Or on Garmin Gps units. All navigation lines are wide and easy to follow.
Dark Blue lines = the main route.
Light Blue lines = alternate route.
Green lines = paved easy route.
Red lines = more challenging route.
Purple lines = access to campgrounds, lakes, viewpoints, gas and food along the way.
Symbols show last gas before leaving pavement and first gas returning to pavement.
The navigation is not turn by turn, you simply follow the colored line.
The phone app route is displayed on top of a cleaned-up OSM basemap. So if you want to go exploring on your motorcycle, you will have a great overall map showing many other backroads and trails.
In the Garmin Gps version, the BDR map is a transparent layer. You can display the route as an overlay on top of any of the maps in your gps or over the included topo basemap.
Motel stay Version - 1 gb download
The "Motel" version is organized into 5 days.
Each day's route takes you right into the motel area at the end of each day. You then select the next day's routing and it will guide you back onto the CBDR.
The backroad route is the same in both versions and both versions show the campsites. The motel version is sold as a single-day per package. You can buy 1 or 2 days if you like. You will need all 5 days to do the entire route.
Single days are $7, times 5 days, is $35 CAD + tax.
Camping Version 1.4 gb download
This version is organized into 7 "Fuel Legs."
Using the 6 pages of fuel leg info included plus the campsites shown along the route, it is easy to plan your days.
The backroad route is the same in both versions, but the camping version offers bypass options to avoid the cities. The access roads into the cities are shown, but they are not part of the main route. If you are a local rider, get this version and you will have a great map for ALL your local riding.
Okanagan Cbdr Camping Version is $35 CAD + tax.
Garmin GPS Version
The GPS version is organized into 5 days.
The GPS version will be mailed to you on a Micro SD card. Put that card in your unit and restart the GPS. The package includes 6 printed maps and 6 pages of ride information.
The backroad route is the same as the phone version and both versions show the campsites.
The GPS map containing the routes is transparent. The SD card includes a Topo style basemap. Enable that map for a background map or use one of the gps maps already on your unit.
The GPS version is $35 CAD + tax.