Winter Adventures, Part 3

Hiking season may be a couple months away, but that shouldn't deter hikers from hitting the local trails! Sporting appropriate clothing and gear for the weather, hikers can enjoy a day exploring the winter landscapes around the Okanagan.

The Canyon Rim Trail (2.6 km/40 minutes), in Bear Creek Provincial Park, off of Westside Road, takes hikers up to the top of the canyon along staircases and walkways. Bear Creek rushes through the bottom of the canyon, and entails several waterfalls of various sizes. Views of Kelowna and down the valley can be admired along the way. Please note, the parking lot at the base of the trail is closed during the winter months, but parking is available along the road.

The Apex Trail at Knox Mountain (4.2 km/1 hour) is popular during the other three months of the year, but don't let winter deter you from heading up this mountain in the heart of Kelowna. Be prepared for slippery sections over well packed areas. Breath-taking views of downtown Kelowna can be taken in from the Apex. Out of all trails in Kelowna, it is one of the first to melt in the spring due to its low elevation.

Mt. Baldy in the Dilworth area of Kelowna, provides hikers of all abilities with a 3.01 km loop trail, as well as being a great location for sledding! Virtually no trees adorn its sides which provide these great views, and hence its name.

Don't let the snow, cold, and damp deter you from getting outside and enjoying the best winter hiking trails that the region has to offer

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