Edward Kruger of Monashee Adventure Tours takes people on a pedicab tour of the Kettle Valley Railway Trestles.
But a first-time festival offering lets seniors and those with mobility challenges relax, have a tipple, and enjoy the scenic splendours of the Kettle Valley Railway recreation corridor.
Monashee Adventure Tours has launched wine-themed, 12 kilometre-long pedicab tours of the KVR that take participants over 14 trestles and through two tunnels.
"You can sit back, relax, learn a little history with the guided commentary, and let me do all the pedalling for you," Edward Kruger, owner of Monashee, said Sunday.
The celebration of all things to do with the grape is the Okanagan's largest and most lucrative festival, drawing 40,000 people to more than 120 events throughout the Valley.
Spending on event tickets alone tops $5 million, and there's millions more in spinoff benefits in hotel and restaurant bookings, and purchases at wineries. Throughout the year, wine tourism in the Okanagan generates $139 million for those connected to the industry.
Monashee Tours has been offering guided trips for cyclists along the KVR for years. But they've also added Sip and Cycle tours specifically during the wine festival, in which participants bike from winery to winery.
"Those have become very popular," Kruger said. "The wine festival is a great influx of tourists after the summer season, during what might otherwise be a fairly quiet season."
While seniors and those with
mobility challenges might find the pedicab tours especially appealing, anyone can make a booking. Kids are also welcome since, strictly speaking, there isn't supposed
to be any wine consumed on the trip.
"It's a provincial park, so there's no alcohol allowed," Kruger says. "But I'm focused on my pedalling, and I can't always see what's going on in the cab behind me."
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