Kelowna is a paradise for hikers. With trails suitable for all skill levels, you can discover everything from sweeping views of Okanagan Lake to immersive hikes through lush forests. Whether you’re up for a relaxed walk or a more demanding trek, these four Kelowna hikes offer an amazing chance to enjoy the outdoors and soak in the beauty of the area.
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Knox Mountain is an iconic destination and haven for those who love hiking, running, mountain biking, and capturing scenic views. The Apex trail is the most popular route on the mountain – a winding moderate path that flows through a variety of landscapes to the summit. The 2.1km trail features the occasional steep section, however, it is very doable for all ages and abilities. Enjoy the expansive views of Kelowna, West Kelowna, and the shimmering expanse of Okanagan Lake.
The standout on Mount Boucherie in West Kelowna is the 5.6km Boucherie Rush Trail. This route offers a moderately challenging hike that typically takes around 2 hours. With a moderate 280-meter elevation gain, it leads to sweeping panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley. While most of the trail is family-friendly, some steep switchbacks on the northeast side are better suited for experienced hikers. The summit presents various viewpoints in all directions, perfect for both sunrise and sunset. This hike is great in drier months and can also be tackled with snow on the ground, while an early July sunrise hike offers a unique perspective of the waking city below.
Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park – Teddy Bear Loop
There’s no shortage of trails in Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park. Of those that exist, the Teddy Bear Loop is one we highly recommend. This 6.3km loop is perfect for people of all ages and abilities thanks to its mellow grade and top-notch maintenance. Enjoy your stroll through the impressive regrowth of young pine trees that are a result of the 2003 fire and if you’re lucky, you’ll see some cool wildlife along the way. There are a few lookouts that lead to views of the city, however, a good portion of the trail weaves through the lush forest.
Lebanon Creek Regional Park
Last but definitely not least is the Lebanon Creek Trail. Located on Lakeshore Drive, this well-maintained gravel trail ascends Cedar Mountain through Johns Family Nature Conservancy. The 6.4km out-and-back trail begins rather easy, however after the creek crossing, gets steeper and leads to breathtaking views of the Valley. You won’t find much shade on this route, so keep that in mind on those hot summer days! If you want an ideal sunset spot, this is the place to be.