Launching a New Water Bike Company on Okanagan Lake | infonews


These special bikes can be found on Okanagan Lake.

Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Matthew Schanche

04 June 2022 – 11:07

It’s a bike and a boat.

Coldstream residents and founders Matthew and Courtney Schanche along with Facundo Rodriguez recently started a new business in Lake Country offering Brazilian-made water bikes.

For the past three years, Matthew and Courtney have done everything they can on the waters of the Okanagan and decided they wanted to encourage more people to get in the water, Matthew said.

They recently launched their new venture Kelowna Water Bikes with four of the unusual banana-like bikes called chiliboats.

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“We started looking for ways to do it, it was interesting and fun and different from some of the things that were out there,” he said. “These stood out because they’re really fast and they’re stable and secure.”

“It actually allows you to go quite a long distance, it would be basically the same effort on the water…and we noticed nobody offers anything like that in the area,” Schanche said.

Cyclists use their feet, like bicycle pedals, to propel them forward and power a propeller.

As of this summer, they currently rent the boats at 11446 Okanagan Center Rd W, but hope to expand to Kalamalka Lake and further afield in Kelowna.

The start of business has been slower so far with the wetter weather, but they said they are open and available for bookings through their website.

“We keep releasing them as our own fun little activity because it involves exercise and it’s really fun to get people’s reactions,” he said.

People often approach them and ask what boat bikes are.

The cost to rent one for one hour is $40, $75 for two hours and $140 for four hours and a sunset ride for 1.5 hours is $75 each.

The brand is popular around the world, including at Disney resorts, he said.

To learn more and book a rental, visit the Kelowna Water Bike website.

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