Kelowna is well-known for its wineries, golf courses, ski hills, and of course, hiking trails. There are trails for every level hiker in Kelowna, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro. If you haven't trekked in BC's Okanagan yet, add these 10 trails to your must-do hiking list:

1. Apex Trail

Knox Mountain Park

KnoxAlison Karlene Hodgins | @alison_abroad

Trail Length: 4 km
Elevation Gain: approx. 300 m

Knox Mountain Park is one of Kelowna’s most popular hiking hot spots. Knox is actually home to 15 different trails to choose from all ranging in difficulty. The two most popular of these trails are the Apex Trail and Paul’s Tomb Trail. Apex will take visitors right to the top lookout point of the mountain, while Paul’s Tomb will take hikers down to a rocky beach and a summer cliff-jumping area.

How to Access the Trailheadtourismkelowna.com 

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 5 km

 

2. Myra Canyon Trestles

Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park and Protected Area

 myraCourtesy of tourismkelowna.com

Trail Length: 12 km one-way
Elevation Gain: minimal

Myra Canyon has two large tunnels and 18 trestle bridges originally built as part of the Kettle Valley Railway. The trestles offer fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and can be enjoyed on foot or by bicycle. Visitors will not only be able to appreciate the scenery but also the history of the Canyon.

How to Access the Trailheadmyratrestles.com 

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 24 km

 

3. Fintry Falls

Fintry Provincial Park and Protected Area

TKTourism Kelowna

Trail Length: 2 km one-way
Elevation Gain: 40 m

The first thing hikers will notice at Fintry is the old barn buildings that make up the century-old Fintry Estate. After passing by these, visitors will ascend over 400 wooden stairs encircling the first of the three waterfalls. To reach the second and third falls, hikers will need to jump a fence at the top of the first waterfall. The other option is to take a path that breaks off from one of the top stairways. Hikers will not only enjoy the beautiful waterfalls but also the California bighorn sheep that live in the park.

How to Access the Trailheadkelownanow.com 

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 38 km

 

4. Canyon Rim Trail

Bear Creek Provincial Park

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Trail Length: 2.5 km roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 90 m

The Canyon Rim Trail in Bear Creek Regional Park is the longest of three trails in the area. This trail features waterfalls, staircases and bridges for hikers of all levels to explore. There is also plenty of wildlife in the area including tree frogs, coyotes and sometimes bears.

How to Access the Trailhead: visitwestside.com

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 10.6 km

 

5. Mill Creek

Mill Creek Regional Park

 mill creekAdam Jones Flickr cc by sa 2.0

Trail Length: 1.5 km one-way
Elevation Gain: approx. 200 m

Hikers come to Mill Creek mainly to visit the waterfalls. While not huge, the waterfalls do create a few pools that visitors often swim in. Hikers can continue to explore past the end of the main trails but it is advised to bring a GPS if doing so.

How to Access the Trailhead: tourismkelowna.com

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 17 km

 

6. Crawford Falls

Crawford Estates

crawford fallsAlison Karlene Hodgins | @alison_abroadTrail Length: 1 km one-way
Elevation Gain: 300 m

Crawford Falls is a gorgeous hike for those that love a good work out and chasing waterfalls. Hikers will climb down to the falls, using provided ropes for support. In snow or rain, the trail can be very slick and icy so proceed with caution. To reach the second waterfall, hikers may need to climb up the boulders beside the smaller, first waterfall.

How to Access the Trailheadtourismkelowna.com

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 11 km

 

7. Kelowna Mountain Suspension Bridges

Kelowna Mountain

suspensionAlison Karlene Hodgins | @alison_abroad

Trail Length: 2.15 km one-way

The suspension bridges at Kelowna Mountain offer some of the most stunning views of Okanagan Lake and surrounding vineyards. One of the bridges is the longest in North America. The mountain is home to BC’s largest sundial as well! Visitors can hike up the wooden stairs to both the suspension bridges and go on a cliff walk to see a large waterfall. Hikers must buy a ticket to enter the park but tickets can be used all summer.

How to Access the Trailhead: kelownamountain.com

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 15 km

 

8. Pincushion Mountain

Peachland

 aprilApril Thompson | Just Leaving Footprints

Trail Length: 2 km one-way
Elevation Gain: approx. 200 m

Pincushion Mountain is located just above a small residential area at the top of Ponderosa Drive in Peachland. It’s a fairly steep hike to the summit and makes for a great workout. Stunning views of Okanagan Lake and the surrounding Peachland area can be enjoyed at the summit and on the hike up as well.

How to Access the Trailheadtourismkelowna.com

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 25.7 km

 

9. Mission Creek Greenway

Mission Creek

 grenwayCourtesy of tourismkelowna.com

Trail Length: 16.5 km one-way

Mission Creek Greenway is comprised of two main trails on either side of the gushing Mission Creek, making it the perfect hike for families and friends. The wide, flat paths are home to various bridges crossing the creek and offer amazing creek and forest views. One of the main trailheads, located on 2363 Springfield Road, also has picnic areas and a children’s playground.

How to Access the Trailheadregionaldistrict.com

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 6 km

 

10. Park Loop

Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park

 TKCourtesy of tourismkelowna.com - Matt Ferguson Photography

Trail Length: 22 km one-way

Hikers can choose to tackle Okanagan Mountain Park as a one or multi-day hike. The fires of 2003 almost completely destroyed Okanagan Mountain, but the park has been making quite the comeback. Today, it's home to plenty of wildlife such as goats, moose and bears. Visitors at the park can enjoy endless mountain, lake and meadow views far away from city life, making it the perfect retreat for nature lovers.

How to Access the Trailheadenv.gov.bc.ca

Distance from Downtown Kelowna: 87 km

 

 

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