Two hikers admiring the views (Picture BC photo)
Varied landscapes, panoramic views, and historic sites make for infinitely interesting hikes around Kelowna.
In the city, walkways follow the shoreline of Okanagan Lake, run along the cottonwood-lined riparian zone bordering Mission Creek, climb the flanks of Knox Mountain and run through pocket nature preserves. South of the city, hike the tough trails of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. Across the lake in West Kelowna, explore pathways with a different perspective.
Trails around Kelowna lead to lookouts, waterfalls, historic irrigation flumes, abandoned homesteader's cabins, unique volcanic formations and the deep forest. Most are designed for day hikes, although there are longer overnight routes like the High Rim Trail that stretches 50km/31mi from Kelowna through Lake Country to Kalamalka Provincial Park south of Vernon.