Numerous hiking trails can be found around the Okanagan valley and we are very fortunate to have some of the best hiking trails here in West Kelowna. From easy to moderate to advanced, we’ve got them all. Throughout the year, we’ll be highlighting a few of our favourites.
With the current situation in Canada and across the world, hiking is a great pastime as it increases your heart rate, provides much-needed exercise, and consequently helps boost your immune system.
The first on our list of Hiking Highlights is Glen Canyon Regional Park. This hiking trail is split into two sections with the north running from Powers Creek in West Kelowna down to Highway 97. The south section picks up after the highway and begins at a beautiful waterfall and has multiple entry and exit points depending on the trail you choose to take.
Both sections are accessible by taking the Glenrosa exit by Gorman’s Mill (coming from West Kelowna) and turning either right (to access the north trail) or left (to access the south).
The trail itself has undergone a number of upgrades over the past decade including stairways built for accessibility and bridges to cover some of the more difficult to cross terrain.
The 75-hectare park contains fairly steep terrain, scenic views, waterfalls, well maintained trails, and a thriving ecosystem.
The north section features the best views of the canyon itself with the trail running along and above the canyon edge. You can also find the Constable Neil Bruce Memorial at the Aberdeen Road entrance. In the south section of the trail, after the falls, you can even see a piece of West Kelowna history. The remains of the flume from the old water system can still be seen at various spots along the trail.
Dogs are welcome on the trails, but must be kept on-leash. If you’re hiking with young kids, be sure to keep an eye on them around some of the steeper areas and on the stairs.
You can pick one up at the kiosk at the Gellatly Road entrance.