Five Great Hikes Around Kelowna

See waterfalls, walk along canyons and look down on incredible Okanagan Lake from these trails within an hour of downtown Kelowna.
 

Kettle Valley Railway, photo by Kari Medig/Destination BC

Kelowna may be the largest urban centre in the Okanagan, but it’s also just steps from forests, mountains, canyons, lakes, waterfalls and plenty of great hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. Now, lace up your boots and go.

Family-friendly: Kettle Valley Railway at Myra Canyon

Length: 24 km

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Kids will love walking over bridges and through tunnels on this easy amble 40 minutes from downtown. It follows the old Kettle Valley Railway, which has been transformed into a walled hike-and-bike trail that runs along steep, narrow Myra Canyon. Feeling sluggish? No need to do the whole trail. The first of the canyon’s 18 trestle bridges is just one kilometre from the beginning of the trail.

Beaches and beers: Paul’s Tomb at Knox Mountain

Length: 3 km

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

Located 10 minutes from downtown, Kelowna’s most popular trail is a relatively easy hike that leads past a lookout with views over Okanagan Lake and ends at a secluded beach cove. The trailhead emerges where the city’s Grapes and Grains trail begins. That’s right near Kettle River Brewing Co. and a perfect stop for a refreshing pint.

Edge of the volcano: Mount Boucherie at Eain Lamont Park

Length: 1 to 4 km loop

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

West Kelowna is known as the place to visit some of B.C.’s best wineries, including Mission Hill and Quails’ Gate. But, it’s also where you can hike Mount Boucherie, an extinct volcano that is some 50 million years old. It is 15 minutes from downtown Kelowna and the trail leads to a summit with 360-degree views of Okanagan Lake. The best time to go is at sunrise or sunset when the valley is washed in a rosy golden glow.

Fall for waterfalls: Canyon Falls Park

Length: 2 km

Difficulty: Moderate to difficult

With the spring runoff, the 20- and 40-foot plunging waterfalls in Canyon Falls Park are in full flow now, making this hike even more breathtaking than usual. Located between the Fab Five and Lakeshore wine routes 20 minutes from downtown, the trail follows a rugged wilderness route past giant boulders and towering trees.

Lake country views: Summit Trail at Spion Kopje Mountain

Length: 2 km

Difficulty: Difficult

About 30 minutes north of Kelowna in Lake Country, this trail is a challenge for even experienced hikers. A steep, intense climb through ponderosa pine leads to a summit with spectacular views of what seems like the entire Okanagan Valley. Reward yourself afterward with a glass of Pinot Noir at the dramatically designed 50th Parallel Estate Winery nearby.

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