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Top 3 Best Hikes in Kelowna

Kelowna, British Columbia is known for its beautiful summer weather, lake, and hikes. There are endless options depending on your skill level and the best part is – all of them have some sort of stunning views. Here are our top 3 picks for your next trip to the Okanagan:

Knox Mountain

Located only a 5-minute drive from the heart of downtown Kelowna, Knox Mountain is an excellent option for those of beginner to intermediate skill levels. It is the City of Kelowna’s largest Natural Park Area and sits right next to the Okanagan lake. There is a park for the kids nearby, and parking options are available. The park is open daily from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., but recommend going in the morning for the best views and warm weather! The summit of the mountain is 300 metres, with stunning 240° views of downtown, the infamous bridge, West Kelowna, and the lake. Its convenient location and size make this hike a local and tourist favourite. Walking, running, and biking are all welcome at Knox Mountain, making it a super accommodating hike, no matter your preference. The best part – leashed dogs are allowed and there’s a paved road to drive halfway up if you’re not into hiking!

Myra Canyon

Myra Canyon is a hike like no other. There are 18 stunning trestle bridges to walk or bike across, all of which remain in place from the abandoned Kettle Valley Railway. Located in the hills of East Kelowna, Myra Canyon offers hiking opportunities for all ages and all skill levels. Whether you want to get to the third bridge or the eighteenth, there are options available depending on your time limit or personal preferences. May we add, the views are incredible. You can look downwards towards all of Kelowna and the Okanagan Lake from pretty much any point in the hike. The highest elevation point reaches nearly 1300 metres, and we promise you, it’s so worth it getting to the top. Maps are located throughout the different routes, giving you various options depending on what you want to see. At every trestle, there are some fun facts about the history of the development, which are quite interesting to read if you’re enjoying a leisurely stroll.

Mount Boucherie

If you’re looking for a moderate to difficult hike, Mount Boucherie is the place to check out. The mountain is an extinct volcano, over 50 million years old, that overlooks amazing 360° views of Kelowna’s mountain range and the blue Okanagan waters. It’s located in West Kelowna, approximately a 15-minute drive from downtown, and directly within the prime wineries you’re going to want to visit when in Kelowna. Our favourite part? Mount Boucherie is home to its very own winery, so you can reward yourself after a long day of hiking. Dogs are welcome on leashes and washroom facilities are available at the beginning of the trail. The total length of the paved hiking path is 5.6km round trip, which can be done in approximately an hour and a half.

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