Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental and Tours is a family-operated business that started in the summer of 2009. We are the first and only company to offer the convenience of on-site bicycle rentals right at the start of the Myra Canyon Trail in Kelowna.
We wanted to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy a historical, unique, and impressive feat of engineering: this beautiful part of the Kettle Valley Railway that goes over 18 trestles and through 2 tunnels. An amazing structure that is just “around the corner” from Kelowna, but that you cannot find anywhere else in the world!
And so we started renting bikes and organizing bicycle tours—all to make Myra Canyon Trail even more accessible. So that everyone can visit this fascinating trail that has so much history and so much beauty and that is just 40 minutes from downtown Kelowna.
To continually improve and create opportunities to enjoy the Myra Canyon trestles, our focus is on:
How We Started
Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental and Tours was founded in 2009 as a local family business by Annelies and Ben Vos and their children.
Ben and Annelies were cycling the Myra Canyon Trail one day and were surprised that there were no other bikes on the trail. As the trail is flat and well maintained, they thought it was an excellent trail for bicycles—especially because there are so many benches and viewpoints along the trail to take a break and just enjoy.
And so Annelies came up with the idea of starting a bicycle rental company at the entrance of the trail—a very convenient spot for locals as well as people visiting Kelowna or vacationing in the Okanagan. She wanted to give everyone the opportunity to experience this unique and impressive feat to the fullest. Which for them means experiencing it by bike.
As they are originally from the Netherlands, Ben and Annelies believe that biking is the best way to enjoy anything! Bikes are everywhere in the Netherlands, and so of course this was the first thing they thought of when trying to make Myra Canyon more accessible for everyone. Ben and Annelies are always looking for ways to support cycling in Canada and show people how much fun it can be.
And that was that! One conversation turned into the business they have today. They started in the summer of 2009 with just 1 truck,1 bicycle trailer, and 30 bikes. They only operated in the summer that year because they thought it was a great summer job for their teenaged children. Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental and Tours was and still is a family-owned and -operated business to this day.
Their mobile bike rental shop at the Myra Station parking lot was a great success, and so they extended their season to start in May and go until early October. And a few years ago, they started doing Guided and Self-Guided Tours of Myra Canyon and of the KVR trail all the way to Penticton. One of these tours even combines Myra Canyon and one other thing Kelowna is known for: wineries.