With its clear blue skies and dry dessert heat, Kelowna’s ideal weather conditions have attracted outdoor enthusiasts, especially hikers from all over to relish in its beauty. Whether it be a weekend trip or a two-week vacation, the list of things to do it endless. Offering a wide variety of hikes for all types of adventure seekers and those new to exploring Kelowna it is the perfect place to post up this summer. Let us take you through some of our favourite hikes here in Kelowna to help make your trip planning a little bit easier!
Beginner / Family Hikes
Fintry Falls is one of the easiest hikes around Kelowna yet still offering some of the most picturesque scenery. The trail begins by passing the original barn from the Fintry Estate built over 100 years ago. The trail then turns into an ascent up 400 stairs that encircle the first of the three Fintry waterfalls. Keep on the lookout for resident Big Horn Sheep that are often seen strolling through the park.
Distance Roundtrip – 1 km
Elevation Gain – 73 m
Level of Difficulty – Easy
Ellison Park Nature Trail
Ellison Park offers the perfect spot for a nice easy stroll through the woods on those extra hot days. Stay shaded from the towering evergreens and enjoy some amazing views of Lake Okanagan along the way. Ellison Park offers a wide selection of trails ranging from 2 km loops to 10 km loops winding through fields of wildflowers and wooded forests. An awesome spot for day trips with the family!
Distance Roundtrip – 2km – 10 km
Elevation Gain – 122 m – 375 m
Level of Difficulty – Easy
Moderate / Difficult Hikes
Rooster Tree Lake Trail
Rooster Tree Lake Trail offers a little bit of everything, from uphill to downhill to flat this trail is a little more rugged which also makes it much less traveled. This trail is most well-known for its proximity to Rose Valley Lake which offers the perfect scenery for a picnic or a nice cool down swim. Dogs are also welcome on this trail!
Distance Roundtrip – 4.7 km
Elevation Gain – 219 m
Level of Difficulty – Easy / Moderate
Lebanon Creek Trail
Lebanon Creek Trail starts with a bit of a steep climb; however, this slowly descends as the hike continues. With a very well-maintained gravel trail, wildlife info signs along the path, and stunning sights and sounds the entire way up this hike has become a favourite among locals. It is particularly popular for its sunset views over lake Okanagan and the city giving the perfect hike to explore Kelowna and its beauty.
Distance Roundtrip – 6.4 km
Elevation Gain – 387 m
Level of Difficulty – Moderate
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
Kalamalka Lake is home to a great selection of hikes varying from short easy loop trails to longer more intermediate day hikes. Some of our favourites are the Lookout, Cairn, Cosens Bay, Base Lift and Wall Trail which provides a combination of forest, meadows, and rocking outcroppings with rewarding views along the way. This hike also provides a great opportunity to see some wildlife along the way!
Distance Round Trip – 13.7 km
Elevation Gain – 587 m
Level of Difficulty – Difficult
If you are hiking in the summer make sure to look out for forest fire warnings before heading out for your adventure. You can view an interactive map here.
Exploring Kelowna through hiking is the best way to enjoy the natural scenery and beautiful views. If you are looking for a lakeside hiking vacation take a look at our beautiful lake cottages!