It sounds fabulous! Some of the rangers do sessions on keeping bears away. It's not too bad though - learn how to put food high up in tree etc. Friends who spend 2 years in Pacific Northwest (and lots of walking and camping etc) only saw a bear once - and that was from a chair lift). Will you have panniers or a trailer? If a trailer, then you could probably take one of the barrels to keep food etc in which are supposed to be a bit better. At least it's not grizzlies though.
I think doing it on my own would cost well under £500 for camping and two weeks worth of self cooked food. So I could save 1k by doing it on my own, but I'm going to start saving with the plan of doing it with a group in 2014.
Greyhound say it takes 9 hours to get to Midway which is where the start is. And I've been reading some journals where Greyhound have refused to take bikes even though their website say that they do.
I don't know where you'd be starting on the trail but you can do a short flight from Vancouver to Kelowna, which is on or near the trail itself. I've only been along the bit through wine country in Naramata but it's very pretty. If you're going to start in Hope, it's not a long way from Vancouver - maybe two hours' drive. You might even be able to rent a car for that portion if you couldn't face a Greyhound (I couldn't) - some companies let you pick up and drop off at different locations.
Not much risk of bear maulage on that trail (no grizzlies in that area, I don't think) but you will have to protect the food you bring with you as it will attract black bears.
I'd probably go with the company too (unless you'll be joined by hundreds of gormless non-cyclists). Will it really be that much cheaper if you plan it on your own?
Thats a good idea about TripAdvisor, will post on some cycling forums as well.
IvyKaty, I bet India was nice. Yes the advantage of going in the group would be the mini bus transporting all the luggage. Maybe if its the trip of a lifetime type thing spending the money would be worth it as it would be less effort on the bike = more enjoyment. Plus the company and local knowledge.
That sounds like a fun adventure! Why not try posting a question on the relevant forum page on trip advisor.com There are lots of local experts and previous travellers on there who can be very helpful.
Probably in 2014. Its the Kettle Valley Trail in BC and it looks gorgeous. I'm a bit scared of the prospect of bears though especially as I'll be camping.
Just a bit daunted by sorting the logistics of it as well. Can easily sort out flights to Vancouver but then its getting to the start of the trail. Greyhound do buses, just a bit nervous about them chucking my bike underneath and they have bizarre luggage regultations I can't make head or tail of. They accept bikes in a bike bag, but this is part of your luggaage allowance and you're only allowed one bag. So I can't take anything apart from my bike????
DH doesn't seem very interested in coming so I think it'll be just me, unless I convince one of the girls at work who's really into cycling to come as well.
There is a company that do guided tours, would cost about £1000 if I went with them plus a bit extra for transfers. Wouldtake all the headache out of planning it but its such a lot of money when I could do it myself. Just a bit daunting if I'm on my own.