Bucket List Worthy
British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley is well known for its vineyards, fine restaurants and beaches. This area also has fantastic hiking and mountain biking trails that provide panoramic views of Okanagan Lake and its rolling pine covered hillsides. Fly into Kelowna International Airport (YLW), rent a car and head out and explore next summer.
Kalamoir Regional Park
Kalamoir Regional Park is West Kelowna’s best shorefront urban park and can be easily accessed from Benedick road in the Casa Loma area or from Boucherie road. There are 2 kilometers of shorefront trails, swimming beaches and a trail network that switchbacks up the lower slopes. The upper trails have stunning views of Okanagan Lake, east Kelowna and Okanagan Mt. Provincial Park. A ride, hike or run on a hot day followed by a relaxing swim is a great afternoon adventure. Be sure to bring lots of drinking water.
Looking east at Okanagan Mt. Provincial Park
This area is only a few kilometers north of downtown West Kelowna, but has a wilderness feel. Rose Valley Regional Park is on the east side of the reservoir and has numerous single track and ATV width trials that are perfect for hiking and biking. This dry, volcanic origin terrain is covered with ponderosa pine, Douglas fir and many other semi-arid plants. If you look carefully you may even see some prickly pear cacti growing alongside the trail. It’s a challenging ride or climb to the highest point, but well worth the effort.
Looking at Mt. Boucherie in the mid-ground
Rose Valley Reservoir
The trails on the west side of the reservoir can be accessed from Rosewood Drive and Westlake Road. These are challenging single-track mountain bike trails that switchback up a series of benches on the west side of the lake. The views from the upper benches are sweet. This east-facing slope is hot and dry so pack lots of water and sunscreen.
The Smith creek area is several kilometers north of downtown West Kelowna and is accessed via Smith creek and Elliot road. This hillside has some tough uphill single-track, some short downhill sections and ATV width ridge-top trails. Go to the TRAILFORKS website for updated trail information.
Looking over West Kelowna
This world-famous park contains 12 kilometers of historic Kettle Valley Railway, 16 wood trestles and 2 tunnels. You can walk, run and ride the old rail bed that traverses over the canyons and gullies of the Little White mountain escarpment and through Myra canyon. If you don’t have your own mountain bike, you can rent one from Monahsee Adventure Tours. This park is 34 kilometers south of Kelowna and you will have to drive on gravel. Leave early in the morning to beat the heat and crowds. See the park website for access and trail info.
A nice view of Kelowna
Cruising along a wooden trestle
The Okanagan valley has great summer adventure. Hike or bike the trails in Rose valley, Smith creek or Kalamoir Regional Park. Go for a refreshing swim or explore the region’s iconic Kettle Valley Railway or simply relax on one of the mountaintop benches and enjoy the panoramas. Check out Flightnetwork.com and book your vacation today.