With a heavy heart and after much deliberation, Hope Mountain Centre has made the decision to cancel our public summer programs (June through August) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic threat. Many reasons are behind the decision, but our primary goal is to protect the public, staff and volunteers. Hope Mountain Centre is closely monitoring the advice from the BC Public Health Office (PHO) and will adjust our plans accordingly if new data suggests a different direction.
Please don’t forget us, we’re still here! Our pause in public programming is letting us do things like upgrading school programs, sharing additional information on social media, safely continuing with our trails program and water testing, and production of short educational videos. Later in the summer, a determination will be made regarding our approach to fall public programming based on information from the Public Health Officer. In the meantime, as Dr. Bonnie Henry says, “This is our time to be kind, be calm and be safe.” We’d like to take this opportunity to encourage you all to get outdoors safely in the coming months and follow provincial guidance on safe health practice and responsible recreation.
Leaders will take us on a mountain bike tour along the Coquihalla Summit.
We will tour the Kettle Valley Railway’s most dangerous (to the builders) and expensive section — the Coquihalla Subdivision. With mountain bikes as our locomotive, we’ll explore 25 kilometres of rail bed from the Summit (former highway toll booths) downhill to Portia Station.
The Kettle Valley Railway was an engineering achievement and a financial success for 45 years (1916-1961). In its heyday, it carried thousands of passengers and tons of freight, bringing prosperity to towns like Hope, which was an important station and maintenance hub. The KVR’s demise came with the building of Highway-3 and the resulting competition from cars and trucks during the 1950’s. By 1961, the Coquihalla Subdivision was closed due to high maintenance costs and declining revenue.
Although the engineering marvels of the KVR now lie in ruins, they still have a grandeur about them. The numerous tunnels, bridges, trestles, and snowsheds that punctuate the Coquihalla Summit become more awe-inspiring when you see the rugged landscape where they were built.
Comments from previous KVR Bike Ride program:
“GREAT BIG KUDOS to Kelly & Keegan keeping us safe and interested. Could not ask for 2 better people. Both showed enthusiasm, yet were very even tempered to make the bike ride feel relaxed even though it was very well planned right down to the shuttle back to our vehicles – lots of work went into this event. Thank you, my guests and I really ‘got our money’s worth’.”
“I thought the whole program was well organized and Kelly and Keegan did an excellent job of making it all very interesting. The office portion was well looked after as well. Thanks to all who helped put this together. If you run it again next year, I would do it all over again.”
“I would like to thank Kelly and Keegan for the amazing trip on Saturday. What an adventure and a great way to celebrate my 70th birthday.”
$125/adult; $75/youth, age 12 – 18.
* Shuttle bus
* Bike technician
* Naturalist and KVR history buff Kelly Pearce
* First aid backup and satellite phone
All participants must be in good health and have average physical fitness.
Must have previous cycling experience on uneven gravel roads and single-track forest trails. Riding grades will be moderate.
9:00 AM – Meet at Hope Recreation Centre; organize vehicles.
9:15 AM – Depart Hope, participants drive their own vehicles (carrying their bikes) up Highway-5 to the site of the former Toll Booths (now a public washroom and rest stop).
10:30 AM – Group begins riding down the KVR right of way toward Portia. 25 km total distance.
Noon – Lunch on the trail.
4:30 PM – Arrive at Portia Station on Highway-5, where Coquihalla River and Boston Bar Creek join. Shuttle bus takes drivers back up to Coquihalla Summit to retrieve their vehicles. Volunteers guard bikes at Portia until drivers return in their cars to load bikes and head home.
Participants will need their own vehicles to get to Hope and to drive their bikes up to the summit of the Coquihalla Highway (approximately 50km).
A shuttle bus will return you to your vehicle at day’s end.
Your bike should have multiple gears for trail riding, and durable tires and rims for riding on gravel roads and single-track forest trails. Suspension/shock absorbers are optional.
* Lunch, snacks and 2 litres of water
* Mountain bike or hybrid bike capable of trail riding
* Knapsack or panniers for carrying supplies
* Clothing for all weather
* Tools for bike repair/adjustment
* Extra inner tube
* Inner tube repair kit
* Riding gloves
* Toilet paper and hand sanitizer
* Head lamp
* 1 extra inner-tube specific to your bike
* Specialized tools required to repair/adjust your bike
While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave pets at home.
Everyone age 19 & over must sign a liability waiver form in order to participate in this program. Please take the time to read this form because you must understand and agree to it when you sign it. By signing it you are waiving certain rights, including the right to sue. These forms will be available to sign when you check in. Please seek legal counsel if you have any questions.
Everyone age 18 & under must have an informed consent form signed by their parent or legal guardian in order to participate. Please contact us if you need this form prior to arrival at this program.
If you are bringing children that you are not parent or legal guardian for, you need to get the informed consent form done ahead of the program and bring it along to participate.
COVID-19 NOTICE: With our public programs scheduled throughout the year and knowing the uncertainty of where this is all going, we may need to postpone or cancel programs at any time. If you want to register for programs going into the summer and fall, we have temporarily updated our cancellation policy to allow for full refunds in case of personal illness of any kind or simply cancelling due to a concern over the situation at time of the event. As always, a full refund is provided if Hope Mountain Centre decides to cancel a program. We will continue to monitor the situation as it evolves, follow guidelines set by provincial and federal agencies, and keep you informed should conditions change.
A note about liability
Hope Mountain Centre carries liability insurance and maintains excellent safety records. Due to the nature of outdoor programs, these trips do involve some personal risk. Hope Mountain Centre assumes no responsibility for personal injury or damage to personal property and we will require each participant to sign a liability release and assumption of risk form before participating in this program.
Please be aware that activities typical of this program involve many risks, dangers and hazards including, but not limited to: accidents which occur during transportation or travel to and from events; slips and falls; loss of balance; impact, cold water immersion; repetitive strain injuries; dislocated shoulders; hypothermia, frostbite, sunburn; changing and inclement weather conditions including storms, blizzards, whiteouts and high wind; steepness of terrain, tree wells, crevasses; avalanches, cornices, landslides and falling ice, snow and objects; encounters with domestic or wild animals; negligence on the part of releasees and other participants. While we love animals of all kinds, we ask that you please leave your pet at home.