Hiking in the Okanagan

Hiking in the Okanagan

The Okanagan is a beautiful region with many great places to hike. Some popular hiking destinations in the Okanagan include Skaha Lake Park, Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, and Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. Other popular hiking areas include the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Mission Creek Greenway, and the Westside Road. There are many other great hiking trails in the Okanagan, so it’s a good idea to do some research and find a trail that suits your abilities and interests. These parks offer a wide variety of trails that are suitable for hikers of all abilities.

If you’re looking for a more challenging hike, the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a great option. This 19-kilometre trail winds through the Okanagan and offers some spectacular views. If you’re interested in cycling as well as hiking, the Kettle Valley Rail Trail is a great option. 

If you’re looking for an easy hike with beautiful views, the Mission Creek Greenway is a great choice. This 4-kilometre trail follows Mission Creek from downtown Kelowna to Dilworth Mountain Park. The Westside Road is also a great option for hikers looking for an easy hike with beautiful views. This road winds along the west side of Okanagan Lake and offers stunning views of the lake and surrounding mountains.

Other popular hiking areas in the Okanagan include Peachland, Kelowna, and Vernon. Peachland is a small town on Okanagan Lake that offers some great hiking trails along its lakeshore. Kelowna is the largest city in the Okanagan and has many great hiking trails in its parks and forested areas. Vernon is another city in the Okanagan that has many great hiking trails, including the Silver Star Mountain Resort Ski Area.

When preparing for a hike, it’s important to make sure you’re properly prepared. Here are a few tips to help you get ready:

  1. Make sure you wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Hiking boots are a good option, as they provide support and protection for your feet.
  2. Make sure you bring plenty of water and snacks. Dehydration and energy depletion can be serious problems on long hikes, so it’s important to stay hydrated and fed.
  3. Make sure you pack a first-aid kit. This is especially important if you’re hiking in a remote area.
  4. Make sure you tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back. This is especially important if you’re hiking solo.

Here are a few tips to help you enjoy your hike:


– Make sure you take breaks often and drink plenty of water. Dehydration can be a serious problem, especially on long hikes.

– Make sure you take in the scenery and enjoy the views. A hike is a great opportunity to get outdoors and explore nature.

– Make sure you stay safe and follow all safety precautions. Hiking can be dangerous if you’re not prepared or if you’re not aware of the risks.

Here are some best practices to stay safe while hiking:

  1. Plan ahead and prepare: Research the trail you plan to hike and make sure you are adequately prepared for the conditions you will encounter.
  2. Let someone know where you are going: Tell someone where you are going and when you plan to return. This will allow them to contact authorities if you do not return on time.
  3. Stay on the trail: It’s important to stay on marked trails to avoid getting lost or injured.
  4. Bring the right equipment: Bring appropriate clothing, footwear, and gear for the conditions and type of hike you are doing.
  5. Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to your surroundings and be aware of any potential hazards, such as steep drop-offs or wildlife.
  6. Stay hydrated: Bring plenty of water and drink regularly to avoid dehydration.
  7. Use sunscreen and insect repellent: Protect yourself from the sun and insects by using sunscreen and insect repellent.
  8. Turn back if necessary: Don’t be afraid to turn back if the trail becomes too difficult or if you are not feeling well. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


The Okanagan is home to many beautiful hiking trails that are sure to please hikers of all abilities. These trails offer a wide variety of terrain and scenery, making them perfect for hikers of all ages and experience levels. Before embarking on a hike, it’s important to be aware of the best practices for staying safe while hiking. By following these tips, you can enjoy your hike without having to worry about anything but the beauty around you. 


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