About Us

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.

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To continually improve and create opportunities to enjoy the Myra Canyon trestles, our focus is on:

An outdoor experience for everyone

As the trail is flat and well maintained, this is an active outdoor experience that you can enjoy with the whole family. We have children’s bikes, tag-alongs, and child trailers so that you can take the little ones with you.

We also team up with People in Motion to get specialized bicycle equipment for people with disabilities up to the Myra Station parking lot. Please contact People in Motion if you require specialized bicycle equipment to enjoy cycling Myra Canyon.

Sustainability and environment

Sustainability is a key focus of ours. We are proud of our sustainable tourism model, which helps protect the beautiful scenery that Myra Canyon has to offer.

Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental and Tours is recognized as a Biosphere Committed Entity for Tourism Sustainability. Biosphere develops certifications to guarantee compliance with the principles of sustainability and continuous improvement through a private, voluntary, and independent certification system.

We are also spearheading the use of bamboo bikes as tour bikes. For this project, we are working together with Ghana Bamboo Bikes.

We will receive our new bamboo frames in 2022, and we will start using them for our bicycle tours.

And to protect the beautiful nature that surrounds us everywhere in BC, we sell Parks Blend coffee at our concession stand. This coffee blend is roasted by Atlin Mountain Coffee Roasters and for every bag sold, one dollar will be donated to BC Parks.

Education and Maintenance

We love educating people about the Myra Canyon trestles. There are plaques with historical information along the trail, but we offer guided bicycle tours as well to give you even more background information about this historical and unique site.

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Tripadvisor travelers choice

Outstanding customer service and experience

Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental and Tours has received an Award of Excellence from TripAdvisor for 8 consecutive years and a place in its Hall of Fame. In 2020, we were also awarded with the TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice award, which puts us in the top 10% of all attractions worldwide according to TripAdvisor and its visitors. We are also listed as Bicycle Rental, Guided and Self-Guided Tours in the top choices of outdoor activities in Kelowna.

The Team

Annelies Vos

Annelies Vos

Ben Vos - Myra Canyon Bike Rental

Ben Vos

Jeroen Vos - Myra Canyon Bike Rental

Jeroen Vos (Joe)

Jonathan Laumer

Jonathan Laumer

Keith shanks - Myra Canyon Bike Rental

Keith Shanks

Maarten Vos

Maarten Vos

Myra Canyon Bike Rental team

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.

About Myra Canyon

Just 40 minutes from downtown Kelowna is the world-famous Myra Canyon, a lovingly restored section of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail. The historical Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) extends from Midway all the way to Hope and was built by the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) around the turn of the 20th century to connect the main CPR line with the Kootenay region after gold, silver, and other minerals were found in the area.

Myra Canyon was probably the most challenging obstacle for Chief Engineer Andrew McCulloch as the railway had to be constructed in extremely mountainous terrain. Not only was the Myra Canyon section the highest section of the KVR at an elevation of 1280 m, but they also had to find an ingenious solution for the deep, steep, and wide chasm carved out by KLO and Pooley creeks.

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Myra Canyon guided tours

McCulloch’s solution included 19 wooden trestles—a solution that his engineers called “McCulloch’s Wonder.” The Myra Canyon section was completed in 1914 and was used for both passenger and freight steam trains until 1980.

But after trains stopped running, the neglected trail and trestles soon fell into disrepair. People started visiting Myra Canyon for the spectacular views, but the trail was very unsafe. So in 1993, the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society (MCTRS) was formed to make the trail safer for the public. And to restore this engineering wonder to its former glory.

Myra Canyon quickly became a beloved Kelowna tourist destination, but in 2003 a lighting strike in Okanagan Mountain Park started a forest fire that destroyed 12 wooden trestles. Over the next few years, the trestles were rebuilt, with the final one completing in 2008.

Once again, Myra Canyon is now a must do for young and old visiting the Okanagan!

For more information on Myra Canyon, please visit https://www.myratrestles.com/.

Sustainable Tourism 2030

Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge

Myra Canyon Bicycle Rental and Tours  has signed the Sustainable Tourism 2030 Pledge, to demonstrate our commitment to improving the sustainability performance of our business between now and 2030.

The UN World Tourism Organization defines sustainable tourism as “tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the.needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.”

Each year, we commit to measuring and improving our sustainability performance in each of the following ways:

We will introduce environmentally friendly bamboo bicycles to our inventory which were built in Ghana under a collaborative program. This support the local people also indirect 200 farmers across the region.

We collaborate with the compagny Atlin Mountain Coffee Roasters and sell their sustainable coffee made with ethical beans and renewable energy.

In order to reduce our impact on nature and waste production, we transitioned most of our business activities and documents to electronic versions. The clients are able book and sign a waiver electronically online.

Annelies Vos - Myra Canyon Bike Rental
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