Trail Etiquette

While enjoying our local trails it's good to be aware of trail etiquette while respecting other users and the trail environment. 

Here are some etiquette pointers when using off-road trails.

 

1. Know Before You Go
When choosing your trail destination, first find out what uses are allowed.  Dogs, mountain bikes, and horses are not allowed on all trails.

 

Here is a summary of allowable uses on the main trail systems:

Trail Name

Dogs

Biking

Horse Riding

Grey Canal Trails:

 

Most of these trails are too short or not suitable for biking or horse riding. 

 

More bike trail information is available from North Okanagan Cycling Society at: www.okcycling.com

Bella Vista/Okanagan Hills

 on-leash

Turtle Mountain

on-leash

Swan Lake East

✘ Not allowed

Silver Star Foothills

 on-leash

East Vernon

 on-leash

Coldstream Valley Estates

 on-leash

BX Creek Falls

✘ Not allowed

BX Creek Delta

✘ Not allowed

Middleton Mountain Trails

 on-leash

Swan Lake Nature Reserve

✘ Not allowed

Vernon Creek Trail System

 on-leash

 

 

Dogs

Biking

Horse

Riding

Okanagan Rail Trail is currently an undeveloped and unmaintained corridor posted as: Use at Your Own Risk.

- Policies for acceptable uses will be developed.  This table reflects interim acceptable uses

  on-leash

ü

û

Provincial Parks

 

 

 

Ellison Provincial Park

- Cycling on roadways and designated trails

- Dogs not allowed in park buildings or beach areas (except Sandy Beach)

- No horse riding in the Park

  on-leash

ü

û

Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

- Cycling on roadways and new ‘Kal-Crystal Waters’ trail

- No horse riding in the park

 on-leash

ü

û

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is zoned for specific recreation activities

- Refer to signs in the park or download a brochure from either the ‘BC Parks’ or ‘Friends of Kalamalka’ websites

- Dogs allowed off-leash at two dog beaches

   on-leash

✘ Not allowed in Jade, Juniper, and Cosens Bay Beaches from Apr 1 - Oct 31

ü in permitted areas only

ü in permitted areas only



Kalamalka Provincial Park Use Restrictions

Kalamalka Provincial Park Usage Restrictions


 


For all regional parks and trails, dogs are required to be on-leash except at off-leash dog parks.  For a map of dog permitted parks and off-leash parks, see www.dogcontrol.ca/information/dogparks/

 

2. Clean Up After Your Dog
Bring your own dog bags in case they are not supplied at the trailhead and carry the filled bags with you rather than leaving them along the trailside.

 

3. Pack in - Pack out
Please do not litter our trails.

 

4. Respect the Safety of all Users
This is especially important for high traffic, multi-use trails like Kalamalka Provincial Park and the Okanagan Rail Trail:
  • Cyclists slow down when pedestrians or horses are in the vicinity;

  • All users keep right except to pass other users; pass in a safe manner;

  • Cyclists notify other users before passing (by bell or voice);

  • Parents and pet owners ensure their children and pets remain on the far right hand side of centerline or center of the trail;

  • All trail users move to the right if stopping.


5. Respect the Natural Environment 
As you enjoy your recreation, remember that you are walking through habitat that is home for birds and wildlife.  If you keep your footprints on the trail surface, we can all continue to enjoy the natural beauty for generations to come.  For trails that travel through sensitive habitats or along creeks or lakeshores, your responsible use will help protect our beautiful lakes and sources of drinking water.

 

Enjoy yourselves on our great trails, and help keep them safe and enjoyable for other users!

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