Yes, “Kelowna is My Home” and every day I am reminded why I love it so much.
Last week, I met a gentleman named Ken Manery who lives in the Fairways portion of our BlueSky subdivision. I learned that Ken moved to Kelowna from Ottawa in November of 2012 and really enjoys our area. He talked about his recent hike on the High Rim Trail right here in Kelowna’s backyard and I am embarrassed to say that I had never heard of it.
Ken went on to explain that the trail is about 54 km in length starting at Philpot Road off Highway 33 and following all the way to Vernon. He said the full hike takes about 3 or 4 days but, he has been taking day trips from different areas along the trail as there are numerous trail heads and everything is well marked.
So, I started doing research and was thrilled to learn that the High Rim Trail has trail heads in many places along the trek to Vernon and I had actually been near some of them riding my quad. So really I do know a little bit about this trail, I just didn’t know its name. There are trail heads near the Nordic Country Ski area, Postill Lake, Beaver Lake, Vernon Creek, Wrinkley Head Mountain (love that name), James Lake, Oyama Lake and of course at Cosen’s Bay off Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park in Vernon. The High Rim Trail has recently been upgraded and the photos at www.trailpeak.com do a great job of telling the revitalization story.
Not surprisingly, Kelowna has many hiking trails in this beautiful area that should be enjoyed by all. So, it’s time to share some of them with my readers.
The most obvious trails and perhaps the best ones known locally are Knox Mountain and the Mission Creek Greenaway where people can hike with their dogs as long as they keep them on a leash. The trails at Knox Mountain are challenging and fun but culminate in amazing views of the beautiful blue Okanagan Lake and the wondrous valley around it. The Mission Creek Greenaway runs from the Mission area of town all the way to Rutland. Kids from 2 all the way up to 100 years old can enjoy different sections of this fabulous trail.
The Kettle Valley Railway is a spectacular easy to hike trail with numerous access points; Myra Canyon, June Springs, and Chute Lake. This fun trail suits both day and overnight hikes and my favorite part is the easy grade along most of it. It’s a well preserved old railway bed with trestles, tunnels and spectacular views that seldom exceed grades of 2.2%.
For anyone wishing to meander along the shores Okanagan Lake the Bertram Creek Regional Park has great trails with swimming and picnic areas.
Or perhaps a short inspiring hike to get your adrenaline pumping with amazing views of the lake and city is more your style. Dilworth Mountain is spectacular and visible from almost anywhere in Kelowna. The trails at BlueSky at Black Mountain are being completed in partnership with the City of Kelowna and Melcor Developments and offer 360 degree views of this the valley.
There are so many great trails in this area that I can’t mention them all however, this link to the Tourism Kelowna website will help you discover the hike of your dreams.