Trails & Maps of Vernon Area

Interactive Trail Map link:

Visit our online Interactive Trail Map of the Greater Vernon area!! 

NEW: The map has been changed to display trails according to their difficulty.

The Interactive Trail Map is divided into three categories:
Easy            (green tab) flat trail, little or no change in elevation, suitable for anyone who enjoys walking.
Moderate    (blue tab) slight elevation gain, may have some short steep sections and uneven surfaces.
- Difficult       (black tab) major elevation gain, uneven surface, challenging for an unconditioned person. Will involve steady and often steep incline.

Click on a coloured tab to view a list of trails within each category

Click on a photo to display more trail information

Zoom in on Interactive Map to view trail location and parking

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This map transcends political boundaries and includes trails managed by RDNO, City of Vernon, District of Coldstream, and District of Lake Country.
Ribbons of Green Trail Society does not warrant nor guarantee the accuracy, currency, correctness, and completeness of the information. 
Persons accessing the map agree to and accept that their use of any information contained therein is entirely at their own risk.  
Ribbons of Green Trail Society assumes no obligation or liability for the use of the map data. 



Non-Interactive Map and Trail Descriptions:
Easy Trails  (green trails)
Moderate Trails  (blue trails, see map and description below green trails)
Difficult Trails  (black trails, see map and description below blue trails)


Easy Vernon Area Trails
These are flat trails with little or no change in elevation, suitable for anyone who enjoys walking:

 1   Okanagan Rail Trail


EASY, 42.5 km
Okanagan Rail Trail is currently not continuous, with 42.5 km open to the public. 
The trail is not yet developed between Ellison Lake (Duck Lake) and the Kelowna International Airport.

A former railway track, this spectacular multi-use trail will span 49.5 km, starting in Coldstream and passing through Kekuli Bay Provincial Park, Oyama, Winfield, a portion of the Syilx people’s territory, Kelowna International Airport, UBCO, and terminating in downtown Kelowna.

Features: For walkers and cyclists, the trail follows the scenic shores of Kalamalka, Wood and Ellison (Duck) Lakes, meandering past colourful cliffs, forests, vineyards, and orchards. The even terrain is surfaced with compact aggregate and offers safe road crossings. In winter, cross country skiing and snow-shoeing are possible. New interpretive sites on Kalamalka Lake (KM 3.7); Ribblewoth Falls, Lake Country (KM 23); and Carney Pond, Kelowna (KM40).

Dogs must be on leash. Please clean up after your dogs.

Portable toilets, picnic tables, garbage cans, wayfinding and signage are being installed along the route.

Access: Parking available at:
Coldstream - intersection of Kickwillie Loop and Westkal RoadsDirections
Coldstream - on Kalamalka Road, between Alpine Centre and Dutch's Campground.  Directions
Coldstream - KM ZERO New entrance on College Way, (west of Kalamalka Road / Husband Road intersection). No Parking. Directions
- Kekuli Bay Provincial Park.  Directions
Oyama - Oyama Boat Launch, 15455 Oyama Road, (northeast corner of Wood Lake). Directions
Winfield - Woodsdale Packing House Park, 3724 Woodsdale Rd. Directions


For a map of the entire Okanagan Rail Trail and the District of Lake Country amenities, click here



 2   Swan Lake Nature Reserve

EASY, 1.8 km loop
A gentle loop trail located at the southwest end of Swan Lake, preserving and restoring valuable marshland area. A flat trail, open to the skies, offering views of Great Blue Herons, marsh birds, raptors, geese and ducks.

Features: Swan Lake is one of the most important waterfowl areas in southern BC and is located on a main migration corridor. Three interpretive signs explaining species, history and habitat are situated along the trail.

ABSOLUTELY NO DOGS - this is a nature reserve and bird sanctuary.

Access: Drive north on Old Kamloops Road, 2.3 km from the intersection of 43rd Avenue and Alexis Park Drive. Turn right at Swan Lake Regional Park signage at Stawn's Honey, then follow gravel road 0.7 km to parking area at trailhead. Directions



 3   BX Creek Delta Trail
EASY, 1.4 km
This meandering trail follows the BX Creek as it heads towards Swan Lake. A portion of trail features the BX Creek Wetland Enhancement and Interpretive Trail project. 

An easy level walk or cycle on crushed stone, boardwalks and bridges. Experience lush and varied types of vegetation in this Black Cottonwood Riparian ecosystem. Wonderful on a hot day!

Features: Several crossings of BX Creek. Interpretive Signs. Great Blue Heronry lookout. Trails are on both sides of creek between Regency Parkwood Retirement Resort and Deleenheer Road. Dogs must be on leash.  

Access: Northern trailhead is at north end of 20th Street, south of Vernon Volkswagen. Directions
- parking available on 20th Street, behind Rona. Directions
- traffic circle on 20th Street and 58th Avenue, no parking. Directions
- Regency Parkwood Retirement Resort, no parking. Directions
- Deleenheer Road, parking available. Directions
- Access, but no parking from Pleasant Valley Road, across from Rimer Rd. Turn west, following black fenced trail. Directions
- South trailhead is on 20th Street, just north of 48th Avenue, on east side of road. No parking. Directions



 4   Cools Pond Park

EASY, 0.23 km

A very short flat trail with a mild slope that passes along the length of Cools Pond, following the fence line. An elevated covered wooden observation platform sits above the pond. Great for bird and nature enthusiasts. No dogs or horses allowed.

 

Features: This rural wetland is an all-season destination, exposing a wonderful variety of birds and marshland wildlife. Interpretive signs, garbage receptacles at each end of trail.

 

Access: Intersection of L&A Road and Rimer Road. Parking along L&A Road, and Rimer Road. Directions



 5   BX Ranch Trail
EASY, with Moderate climb at BX Road entrance, 2.25 km

The BX Ranch Trail is a lovely 2.25 km trail that wraps around the former BX Ranch farmlands, passing Mutrie Dog Park and ending at BX Ranch Dog Park.

Features: Picturesque vistas of the Foothills, Silver Star Mountain, Vernon Hill, and Black Rock. Wander through the fields and over several wooden ramps, greeted by songbirds in spring and summer. Rest on the benches along the trail and soak in the panoramic views. Trail descends down through a shaded pine forest to BX Road. Dogs must be on leash.

Access: Trail has three entrance points and does not loop:
East Vernon Road (east trailhead): From Black Rock Road, turn north onto East Vernon Road. A small parking lot and trailhead signpost are on west side of road, near big wooden barn. Directions
BX Ranch Dog Park (north trailhead): From the parking lot, head south, across BX Road, up the hill through an idyllic shaded pine forest. At the top of the hill, the trail enters the flat ranchlands and continues south towards Mutrie Dog Park. Directions
- Mutrie Dog Park (central trailhead): On Mutrie Road at the east end of the park, a gate enters the middle of the trail. Head north 0.85 km to the BX Ranch Dog Park on BX Road. Or head 1.4 km south and east to the East Vernon Rd Trailhead and parking lot. Directions

Garbage bins, dog bag dispensers, and wayfinding posts are located at each entrance.


BX Ranch History

The BX Ranch was established in 1860 by Francis Jones Barnard, to breed horses for use in his successful stagecoach business called Barnard’s Express. The name BX is derived from ‘Barnard’s Express’.  Hauling mail, passengers and freight, Barnard’s Express became one of the oldest, largest and longest running stagecoach companies in North America, delivering from Vancouver into the Rockies.

By the 1880’s, the BX Ranch had expanded to about 7,000 acres of land with about 2,000 head of horses.  Watch this interesting video about the colorful history of the BX Ranch https://youtu.be/D1H7ku914mI



 6   Grey Canal: East Vernon (Hartnell Rd to DeRoo Rd)
EASY, 1.4 km

From Hartnell Road, the Grey Canal Trail continues south to DeRoo Road, on natural surfaces and a short section on Briggs Road. Horseback riders also use this trail. 

Note: When heading south from Hartnell Road, continue straight on Briggs Rd at Y intersection.
When heading north from DeRoo Road, continue right on Briggs Rd at Y intersection. Trailhead is 170 m past Y intersection on the left. Directions

Features: Good views west and south over Vernon, Okanagan Lake, Commonage.

Access:  Hartnell Road: North trailhead is across from 5156 Hartnell Rd. Very limited roadside parking on Hartnell Road (beware of ditches). Directions
DeRoo Road: From East Vernon Road turn onto Welker Road and then left onto DeRoo Road. South trailhead is at the end of DeRoo Road on the left. Parking available for several cars. Directions


Continue south to join the Boss Creek Trails


From Hartnell Road, continue 1 km north to join the Maddock Rd to Star Road trail by walking along the following roads:

- Walk west on Hartnell Road
- Turn right (north) onto Dixon Dam Road
- Follow Dixon Dam Road, passing Magnetic Hill and Hughes Road
- Turn left (west) onto Maddock Road. At west end of Maddock Road is a trail signpost leading north towards BX Creek and Falls trailhead on Star Road.

In the early 1900's, the Grey Canal was BC's longest irrigation channel extending from Lavington to Okanagan Lake. The 50 km (30 mile) canal sustained orchards and agricultural land throughout the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. Several sections of the original Grey Canal have been reclaimed as hiking trails. More history


 7   Grey Canal: Turtle Mountain

Three trails are located on either side of Turtle Mountain Boulevard:

1) East of Turtle Mountain Boulevard 
MODERATE, 3.5 km

The trail starts with easy flat terrain but dips steeply down to a boardwalk which hugs an ancient lava flow wall created many million years ago. The trail continues with a steep climb uphill and then is level for 3.5 km to Blue Jay Road.  A portion of the former Grey Canal’s Knight Siphon, a steel pipe 630 metres long and 50 cm in diameter, can still be seen. 

NEW: A 2.8 km extension heading north from top of Nel's Leap trail to the Blue Jay subdivision has been added. Includes fencing and parking lot at Blue Jay Road.

Features: Great views of Swan Lake, Silver Star Mountain, Middleton Mountain and the city. The beginning of the trail contains some steep sections with loose rock but continues into a wide dirt-packed surface. Benches to enjoy the vistas. Dogs on leash are allowed.


2) West of Turtle Mountain Boulevard
EASY, 0.4 km

This easy trail is gravel and flat, suitable for strollers and wheelchairs. Dogs must be on leash. 

Features: Views of Mission Hill, Okanagan Lake and Terrace Mountain in the background.


3) Rocky Ridge Park Trail
MODERATE, 0.4 km

Heading west of the parking lot, turn left behind Razorback Court and continue along a short 0.4 km trail to a wooden staircase that leads to Rocky Ridge Park, an outstanding viewpoint.

Features: Perched on a basalt knoll, Rocky Ridge Park awards an outstanding 360 degree view of Greater Vernon. Beware of Prickly Pear cactus! Not recommended for dog walking.


Access: On Alexis Park Drive, turn west onto Turtle Mountain Boulevard. Parking lots are located on each side of road at subdivision entrance. Directions
- Nels’ Leap Trail (corner of Alexis Park Drive and 43rd Avenue) climbs steeply to join the Grey Canal Trail. Directions
Blue Jay Road parking lot and entrance. Directions

View Morning Star newspaper article, August 30, 2017

In the early 1900's, the Grey Canal was BC's longest irrigation channel extending from Lavington to Okanagan Lake. The 50 km (30 mile) canal sustained orchards and agricultural land throughout the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. Several sections of the original Grey Canal have been reclaimed as hiking trails. More history


 8   30th Street Multi-Use Path

EASY, paved, 1.7 km

This south/north multi-use pathway traverses through downtown Vernon, from Polson Park to 37 Avenue, along the east side of 30th Street.

 

Features: Lined along this attractive separated pathway are benches, lamp posts, and green landscaping. At road intersections, pedestrian crossing buttons are easily accessible for cyclists and walkers.

 

Access: South trailhead located northeast of Polson Park, across the street from the A&W Restaurant.  Directions  Head north along the east side of 30th Street.

- North end of the pathway currently terminates at 37 Avenue.

 

Construction of two traffic circles on 39 Avenue will join this path to the 29th Street Multi-Use Pathway, and continue north to the Village Green Mall on 48 Avenue. 

 

Watch a cool flyover video of the proposed 29th Street / 30th Street Transportation Corridor.

https://youtu.be/1TgsUbqYaxU



Heading south from this trail, continue through Polson Park and join the Kalamalka Road Multi-Use Path to Kalamalka Lake and the Okanagan Rail Trail.

 

This commuter trail, when completed, will allow walkers and cyclists to travel off-road from Kalamalka Lake, through Polson Park, downtown Vernon, to the Village Green Mall.




 9   Polson Park Trails
EASY
An oasis in the middle of the city, Polson Park offers tennis courts, exercise stations, picnic tables and shelter, walking track, skateboard park, lawn bowling, floral clock, playground, water park, and a variety of flat trails:

Road Trail: Walk along the shoulder of the park road, looping around the park.

Boardwalk Trail: At south end of park, this walkway continues 0.7 km on a gravel trail and boardwalk to Polson Drive. Trail crosses and follows Vernon creek with benches and interpretive signs. Easy walk or cycle. Continue south from here along Polson Drive to Kalamalka Lake Road multi-use path, and then to Kalamalka Lake.

Features: Heritage trees, ponds, fountains, beautiful flowers in summer.  Dogs on leash.

Access: 25th Avenue, across from Fruit Union Plaza. Directions
- Highway 6, across from Tim Hortons. Directions
- 30th Street Multi-Use Path, south end. Directions
- Kalalmalka Road Multi-Use Path, north end. Directions

The park was established in 1908 when Samuel Polson generously donated a large parcel of land to the city.


 10  Okanagan Landing Multi-Use Path
EASY, paved, 6.8 km
A separated multi-use pathway that starts in Polson Park and continues alongside 25th Avenue/Okanagan Landing Road to Paddlewheel Park on Okanagan Lake. Popular with pedestrians and cyclists, providing a safe route for commuting and exercise. Connects with Marshall Fields. 

Features: Easily accessible for people with mobility challenges, parents pushing strollers, young children, students attending local schools, and seniors. All-season trail. The section between Marshall Fields and Lakeshore Road is currently on the shoulder of Okanagan Landing Road; in the future, an off-road path will continue through Marshall Fields, Marshall Road to Lakeshore Road.

Access: East trailhead: 32nd Street (Highway 97) and 25th AvenueDirections
- Marshall Fields trailhead. Directions
- Paddlewheel Park trailhead, 7815 Okanagan Landing Road. Directions


 11  Grey Canal: Bella Vista / Okanagan Hills


EASY, 3.5 km
An easy scenic walk or cycle on a level trail, passing by orchards, vineyards and grasslands.

Features: 'Bella' views of Okanagan Lake, the Commonage, Bluenose Mountain and Vernon. Remnants of the former Grey Canal are visible beside the trail. Gravel-surfaced trail.

Access: Parking is available at end of Pinto Place, off Appaloosa WayDirections
Vineyard Way, off Okanagan Hills Blvd.  Directions
- end of Sierra Road, off Crosby Road.  Directions

View Morning Star newspaper article, August 17, 2016

In the early 1900's, the Grey Canal was BC's longest irrigation channel extending from Lavington to Okanagan Lake. The 50 km (30 mile) canal sustained orchards and agricultural land throughout the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. Several sections of the original Grey Canal have been reclaimed as hiking trails. More history


 12  Canoe Beach Trail

EASY, 0.43 km

This flat straight trail follows along Canoe Beach (formerly called Sandy Beach), adjacent to Lakeshore Road. The trail is raised above the beach with a fantastic view down Okanagan Lake.

 

Features: An all-season trail with compact aggregate surface, sandy beach access, benches, and picnic tables. Dogs must be on leash on pathway and are not permitted on beach or in picnic area.

 

To extend your hike, try these additions:

- Kin Beach Park, continue north from the north end of the trail, onto an easy paved path along the beach for 220 metres.

- Lakeshore Park, continue south from the south end of the trail, along the shoulder of Lakeshore Road for 320 metres to 2596 Lakeshore Road.

- Marshall Fields trails, continue south from the south end of the trail, along the shoulder of Lakeshore Road for 80 metres and turn left onto the unmarked gravel Cummins Road; or continue 500 metres along Lakeshore Drive and turn left onto the paved Marshall Road.

 

Access: Intersection of Tronson Road and Lakeshore Road. Some parking available on Lakeshore Road. Directions
- Kin Beach Park, 7248 Tronson Road. Long angled parking lot. Directions


 13  Marshall Fields
EASY
Marshall Fields features soccer fields, baseball diamonds, tennis courts, basketball hoops and pickle ball courts. Several walking trails encircle the fields and follow Vernon Creek.

Features: Flat and easy trails with benches. Signage clearly explains three distinct Dog Use areas: 

-Dog Off Leash area 
-No Dog area
-Dog on Leash on Trail only.
Dog owners are required to have control of their dogs at all times. Numerous garbage receptacles for doggie bag deposit.

Access: Three parking lots off Okanagan Landing Road have easy access to trails. Directions 


 14   Longacre Trail
EASY TO MODERATE, 1.7 km
Situated parallel to Longacre Drive, the paved trail meanders over gently rolling hills from Apollo Road to Bench Row Road. This is a great all-season, paved, multi-purpose trail. Longacre Trail is an easy to moderate path measuring 1.7 km one way, making it ideal for walking, cycling and even pushing a stroller. Several benches are scattered along the trail allowing hikers to absorb the tranquility and enjoyable scenery.

Features: Passing through grasslands, enjoy views of Okanagan Lake, Bella Vista, Turtle Mountain, Silver Star Mountain and Vernon Hill. 

Dogs on leash. Pick up after your dog! Plastic dog bags and garbage cans located at each of the three trailheads. Be aware of possible coyotes in the area. 

Access: Apollo Road and Longacre Drive, small parking lot at east end of trail. Directions
- Longacre Drive opposite Okanagan Landing Elementary School. Directions
- Bench Row Road, roadside parking and access at west end of trail. Directions


 15  Greater Vernon Athletics Park
EASY
Greater Vernon Athletics Park contains synthetic tracks in the Athletics Field and paved multi-use pathways around the perimeter, in addition to track and field facilities. It is free for general public use and open from dawn to dusk. Park may be closed for public use during scheduled events, tournaments and maintenance.

Features: Synthetic Track lanes are reserved for walkers and/or runners. Two inside lanes designated for Fast Runners; three inner lanes designated for Moderate Runners/Joggers; three outer lanes designated for Walkers. Outermost lane lap measures 450 metres. Direction of run and walk is counter-clockwise.

Clean shoes must be worn on synthetic track.

Dogs on-leash are allowed only on the paved multi-use path that surrounds the park.

Access: On College Way, enter the Okanagan College campus; upper parking lot is free where posted. Directions
Jack Schratter Way, allows walkers and cyclists to connect from Mission Road.

For more information visit Greater Vernon website:
Greater Vernon Athletics Park website



 16  Kalamalka Lake Road Multi-Use Path
EASY, 2.5 km
The recently completed Kalamalka Lake Road Multi-Use Path connects Polson Park to Kalamalka Lake, and the Okanagan Rail Trail. 

Features: Off-road, paved path, landscaped, lighting 

Access:
- At south end of Polson Park, continue south along Polson Drive, east along 14 Avenue, to Kalamalka Lake Road. Follow the multi-use path south towards Kalamalka Lake.
- Large gravel parking lot, south of Alpine Centre, on Kalamalka Lake Road. Directions
- At south end of trail, turn west onto College Way, take first left turn to arrive at Mile Zero of the Okanagan Rail Trail. Directions




 17  Middleton Mountain Park

EASY, 0.5 km
This neighbourhood park includes an easy level loop trail, parking, tennis courts, beach volleyball court, tot playground, basketball hoop, and a large playing field. 

Dogs on leash; plastic dog bags and garbage cans located next to tennis courts.

Features: Scenic views of Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream valley. Several benches scattered throughout park.

Access: Parking lot off Mt Ida DriveDirections
- Mt York DriveDirections
- Mt Tod DriveDirections
- Mt Thor DriveDirections


 18   Grey Canal: Coldstream Valley Estates South
EASY, 1.9 km

Access two trails from Cypress Drive:

Coldstream Centennial Project Trail
Heading southeast, the trail meanders along the former Grey Canal irrigation ditch and through the expansive Coldstream Estates. This 0.9 km one-way trail is lined with lush wild rose and Saskatoon bushes, and wispy willow trees. At the southeast end of the trail, either turn back or continue walking several metres along Cypress Dr to enter another trail:

Coldstream Valley Estates to Coldstream Ranch Trail 
At the southeast end of Cypress Dr, a parking lot and trail map indicate the trailhead for this 1 km (one-way) trail heading east towards Coldstream Valley. In spring and summer, meadowlarks and other songbirds serenade your stroll through the grasslands. Looming ahead is Bluenose Mountain, an ancient volcano core.

The trail ends at the Coldstream Ranch fence. Follow the wooden fence up the ravine for more incredible views of the Coldstream Valley and Camel's Hump, another ancient volcano core.

Features: Superb views of Coldstream valley, Kalamalka Park, Kalamalka Lake and Middleton Mountain. Dogs on leash allowed, please use dog bags and garbage cans located at trailheads.

Access: To access Coldstream Valley Estates, follow Highway 6 east, turn left (north) at Aberdeen Road intersection, right onto Buchanan Road, left (north) onto Upland Drive and follow all the way up the hill to Cypress Drive.

Turn right on Cypress Drive. Trailhead signposts and parking available:
- on right side (south) of Cypress Drive, for Coldstream Centennial Project Trail. Directions 
- on left side (north) of Cypress Drive, for Coldstream Valley Estates to Coldstream Ranch Trail. Directions

In the early 1900's, the Grey Canal was BC's longest irrigation channel extending from Lavington to Okanagan Lake. The 50 km (30 mile) canal sustained orchards and agricultural land throughout the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. Several sections of the original Grey Canal have been reclaimed as hiking trails. More history


 19  Coldstream Creek Road Multi-Use Path
EASY, paved, 3.5 km
Coldstream Creek Road Multi-Use Path is partially on-road and partially on a separated path beside the road. The route follows Coldstream Creek Road, connecting Kidston Road to Kalamalka Road. Great for walking and cycling. 

Features: Passing through beautiful agricultural lands and orchards, the trail dips down into the shaded Coldstream Creek Ravine. Views of Middleton Mountain. From Kidston Rd to McClounie Rd is on-road, along shoulder; from Bel-Air Dr to Kalamalka Rd is on-road. Some hilly sections.

Access: West end of trail starts at Kidston Road, following Coldstream Creek Road. Directions
- East end of trail is at Kalamalka Road and Coldstream Creek Road intersection. Directions




 20  Kidston Road Multi-Use Path
EASY, paved, 1.0 km
Kidston Road Multi-Use Path is a 1.0 km paved trail for walking and cycling, from Coldstream Creek Road to the Red Gate entrance of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Features: The trail parallels Kidston Road, with two lighted crossings, and has an east-west connection between Kidston Road and Palfrey Drive.
Try a Three Trail Loop hike heading south on Kidston Road Multi-Use Path, enter the Red Gate to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, follow Corral Trail, Comin' Round the Mountain Trail, Water Tower Trail, Cunliffe Road, Palfrey Drive and Pathway back to Kidston Road. Map

Access: Parking at Red Gate entrance on Kidston Road of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park. Directions
- Kidston Road, small parking lot next to trail, south of Kinloch Drive. Directions
- off Palfrey DriveDirections



 21  Birdie Lake Loop - Predator Ridge

EASY, 1.0 km
A pleasant multi-use trail for hikers and cyclists which loops around Birdie Lake.  Wooden observation platform provides great birdwatching opportunity. In summer, Red Painted Turtles enjoy sunning themselves on large rocks around the lake. Spring migration brings many duck species to the lake.

Features: Asphalt and gravel trail. Picnic table.

Access:  Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road. At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive.
- Small parking lot on Birdie Lake Drive, at right side of first sharp turn. Directions
Parking lot located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map



 22  Ridge Trail - Predator Ridge

EASY, 3.5 km
A great multi-use, all season path for hikers, cyclists and snowshoers. Trail begins at the Birdie Lake Loop trail and heads downhill towards Ellison Provincial Park. The path overlooks the Ridge Golf Course, Okanagan Lake, Terrace Mountain and passes the log Outlook Cabin. Trail joins the Granite Trail.

Features: Yoga platform with amazing views, picnic table. At half way, the trail bisects the Ellison-Ridge Connector Trail, which leads to the Ellison Connector Trail.  

Ridge Trail also connects with the Granite Trail. The lower end of the Ridge Trail connects with the Blister's Sisters Trail in Ellison Provincial Park. Dogs must be on leash at all times.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road. At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive.
Small parking lot on Birdie Lake Drive, at right side of first sharp turn. Directions
Parking lot located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map

For extensive maps of local mountain bike trails, visit the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) website.



 23  Pelemewash Lake Country Multi-Use Path
EASY, paved, 6.0 km
This fabulous paved trail in the District of Lake Country follows the west side of Wood Lake, offering splendid vistas. The trail is adjacent to Pelmewash Parkway.

Features: For walkers and cyclists, this trail offers a 17.5 km loop around Wood Lake connecting with the Okanagan Rail Trail at the north end of Wood Lake. Along the path are picnic tables, bike repair stands, benches, and garbage cans. 

Ample parking bays along the span of the trail on Pelmewash Parkway.

Access: On Highway 97 heading south: past Crystal Waters turn right to Pelmewash Parkway. Directions
- On Highway 97 heading north: past Winfield turn right to Pelmewash Parkway. Directions

South loop around Wood Lake from Okanagan Rail Trail involves on-road route along Woodsdale Road, crossing Highway 97 at Oceola Road intersection. Turn right on Pretty Road (past Tim Hortons). 
At east end of Pretty Road, a multi-use path continues under Highway 97 and joins Pelmewash Parkway.

For more information on trails in the District of Lake Country visit lakecountry.bc.ca  

View the Spion Kop Hiking Trail Map, developed by the volunteer community group WALK (Walk Around Lake Country). This trail system connects to the Pelmewash Multi-Use Path.


Moderate Vernon Area Trails
These trails have slight elevation gain, may have some short steep sections and uneven surfaces:



 1   Grey Canal: Silver Star Foothills Loop Trail


MODERATE, 2.5 km

Located below the Foothills subdivision, this loop trail consists of a high trail (1.1 km) and a low trail (1.42 km). Some steep sections.

Features: Panoramic views stretching from Middleton Mountain in the Coldstream Valley, over the City of Vernon, Swan Lake and sweeping north to the Spallumcheen Valley. Wide dirt-packed surface. Dogs-on-leash are allowed. Interpretive signs and benches.

Access: Parking lots at each end of loop:
Blackcomb Way (southeast trailhead): follow 48th Avenue east to Silver Star Road; continue 1.5 km past BX Elementary School; turn left (west) on Blackcomb Way; watch for parking lot entrance 100 meters on left under hydro lines. Directions
Rugg Road (northwest trailhead): follow 48th Avenue east to Silver Star Road; turn left onto L&A Road; continue straight (north) past Cools Road; take first right turn (east) onto Rugg Road; turn right into the well-marked parking lot. Directions

View Morning Star newspaper article, April 1, 2016

In the early 1900's, the Grey Canal was BC's longest irrigation channel extending from Lavington to Okanagan Lake. The 50 km (30 mile) canal sustained orchards and agricultural land throughout the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. Several sections of the original Grey Canal have been reclaimed as hiking trails. More history


 2   Grey Canal: Foothills connection to BX Falls
MODERATE, 0.8 km

Approximately 800 meters in length, an easy gravel trail that crosses Silver Star Road, providing a connection from the Foothills subdivision to the BX Creek Trail entrance.

Features: This trail connects the Grey Canal Silver Star Foothills parking lot (off Blackcomb Way) with the Star Road parking lot. Saskatoon bushes fill the former Grey Canal.

Access: Parking lot off Blackcomb WayDirections. Trail heads east to cross Silver Star Road.
Star Road parking lot. Directions



 3   Rocky Ridge Park Trail
MODERATE, 0.4 km
Located beside Turtle Mountain, Rocky Ridge Park is perched on a basalt knoll offering a magnificent viewpoint.

Features: An outstanding 360 degree view of Greater Vernon. Beware of Prickly Pear cactus! Not recommended for dog walking.

Access: On Alexis Park Drive, turn west onto Turtle Mountain Boulevard. Parking lots are located on each side of the road at the subdivision entrance. Directions

Heading west of the Turtle Mountain entrance parking lot, turn left behind Razorback Court and continue along a short 0.4 km trail to a wooden staircase that leads to Rocky Ridge Park.


 4   Commonage Trail
MODERATE, with steep climb at Okanagan Avenue entrance, 2.4 km
A 2.4 km gravel trail connecting Okanagan Avenue to Mission Road, suitable for walking and cycling. At Okanagan Avenue the trail starts with a steep climb and switchbacks. The trail is generally level at the top of the hill to Mission Road.

Features: Views of Okanagan Lake, Vernon, Swan Lake, Silver Star, Coldstream. Benches. Dogs on-leash.

Access: The Okanagan Ave trailhead is east of Fulton School. Parking on:
Fulton Road. Directions 
- South Vernon Drive. Directions 
Okanagan Avenue, small roadside parking space. Directions
Mission Road trailhead, parking available at baseball fields. Directions Use pedestrian light to cross Mission Road.

Commonage is the historic 10,165 hectare (25,118 acre) stretch of rangeland lying between Okanagan, Kalamalka and Wood Lakes from Vernon to Lake Country that was pre-empted in the 1870s as a common grazing area for new settlers and the Okanagan Indian Band. Eventually, farms, homes and neighbourhoods sprouted up where water was available.


 5   Bench Row Road, Forest Research Site
MODERATE, 2 to 3 km
Enjoy several kilometres of walking trails through this provincially-owned forest on Bench Row Road.

Features: Dog walking is permitted, but please keep dogs off adjacent farms. Please do not disturb the bluebird nestboxes during the summer nesting season.

Access: Parking is on the shoulder at 7501 Bench Row RoadDirections


 6   Jack Schratter Way
MODERATE, steady climb from Mission Road, paved, 2.7 km
The Jack Schratter Way is a 2.7 km paved route which connects Mission Road to Okanagan College. The trail parallels the Vernon Army Camp and Highway 97 and is suitable for walking and cycling.

Features: Views of Swan Lake, Silver Star Mountain, Vernon Hill, and Middleton Mountain. Use the traffic lights at College Way to cross Highway 97. Jack Schratter Way connects to the Kal-Crystal Waters Trail.

Access: Parking available at:
Mission Road baseball fields.  Directions 
- Okanagan CollegeDirections

This trail was constructed in memory of Jack Schratter, a beloved Okanagan College calculus professor who was tragically killed in a cycling accident while commuting from work along this highway.


 7   Kal-Crystal Waters Trail

MODERATE, 12.3 km
The newly created 
Kal-Crystal Waters Trail offers walkers and cyclists a scenic route from Okanagan College to Lake Country. 

The north end of the trail starts at the Greater Vernon Athletics Park, traversing south through Okanagan College land to Varsity Drive. Continuing south, the trail transfers on road, along Lakeview Drive with a steep climb up to the Kal Lake Lookout.  From there continue along Kalamalka Lakeview Drive (old Highway 97) to the Kekuli Bay Provincial Park gate entrance. 

An off-road trail continues above Kekuli Bay campground to Bailey Road.  Heading south of Bailey Road, the trail descends gently down a former highway and then branches in two directions:
- turn right for 1.8 km to Crystal Waters Road, with some steep inclines, ravines, soft soil, boulders, narrow track and sharp switchbacks
- continue straight down to join Okanagan Rail Trail, north of the Crystal Waters subdivision.

Multiple loop options are possible using the Okanagan Rail Trail to return to Kekuli Bay Provincial Park and to Coldstream.

7 km from Okanagan College to Kekuli Bay Provincial Park; 5.3 km from Kekuli Bay Provincial Park to Crystal Waters Road

Features: Spectacular views of Kalamalka Lake and Coldstream Valley. Gentle grades, low traffic.

Access: Parking available at:
Greater Vernon Athletics Park, Okanagan College Directions
Kalamalka Lakeview Drive Lookout. Directions
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park. Directions
East Bailey Road Parking Lot, on Highway 97 turn east onto Bailey Rd (opposite Predator Ridge turnoff). Directions

Crystal Waters RoadDirections 


The Jack Schratter Way provides access from Vernon.



 8   McKergow Meadows: Middleton Mountain 
MODERATE, steep access from Middleton Way and Mt Ida Drive, 1.0 km
A network of short gravel trails surrounding Mud Lake. Several benches to absorb the tranquility and views.

Features: Mud Lake, a small pond in the centre of this park, is home to a variety of duck, geese, toads and salamanders. Views into the valleys and Kalamalka Lake.

Access: Parking on Mt Ida Drive (by Emerald Views housing complex). Directions
Mt Bulman Place. Directions
Husband Close (cul-de-sac at north end of Husband Road). Directions
Middleton WayDirections


 9   Kal Beach Connector: Middleton Mountain 
MODERATE, 0.8 km
Beginning at the Kal Beach parking lot, this route heads east, parallel to the rail track. Several steep sections.

Features: This short trail connects the Kal Beach parking lot to the Creed Loop trail. Views of Kalamalka Lake, Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and Coldstream Valley.

Access: Off Husband Road, at east end of Kal Beach Parking lot, a large trailhead sign and map indicates the start of the trail. Directions



 10  Creed Loop: Middleton Mountain 
MODERATE, 0.7 km
This loop trail meanders through a former orchard owned by the Creed family. The short trail loops around old fruit trees and remnants of the Grey Canal irrigation system.

Features: Linked to the Kalamalka Beach Connector Trail and the Neumann Connector Trail. Views of Kalamalka Lake, Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and Coldstream Valley. The loop is an easy trail, however the access trails are moderate.

Access: North of Kidston Road, off Kalamalka RoadDirections
Braeburn Place, east end. Directions
Cortland Place, east end. Directions


 11  Powerline Trail: Middleton Mountain 
MODERATE, 1.0 km
A wide gravel linear trail following the power lines on Middleton Mountain. 

Features: Several steep sections. Offers great views down Coldstream Valley.

AccessMt Ida Drive. Directions
Middleton WayDirections
Middleton Drive. Directions



 12   Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
EASY, MODERATE and DIFFICULT, 14 km
A variety of paved and gravel trails for hiking, running, horseback riding, biking, cross country skiing, and snowshoeing.

Features: Kalamalka Lake, with its pristine aqua blue water, creates an exquisite park border and backdrop. Along the shoreline discover isolated coves, distinctive cliffs, sandy beaches for swimming, boating, and a dog beach. Climb steeper trails for stunning vistas and relax in one of the picnic areas.

This 4,209 hectare park protects native North Okanagan grasslands dotted with ponderosa pine and groves of Douglas-fir. Other features include wetlands, canyons, escarpments and varied wildlife. Extensive wildflowers bloom from early spring through mid-June.

Access: Main parking lot at southern end of Kidston Road, Yellow Gatetrailhead to Jade Bay, Juniper Bay and Grassland trailsDirections
- Red Gate entrance and parking lot on Kidston Road; trailhead to Corral, Comin' Round the Mountain, Lookout, and Kidston trails. Directions
- Watertower Gate, south end of Cunliffe Road; trailhead to Comin' Round the Mountain and Parabola trails. Directions
Cosens Bay Road gate parking lot; trailhead to Comin' Round the Mountain, Cosens Bay, and High Rim trails. Directions
- Cougar Canyon parking lot on Cosens Bay Road, in southeast portion of park; trailhead to climbing area. Directions

View brochure and map with excellent trail descriptions, provided by Friends of Kalamalka Lake Park.

For extensive maps of local mountain bike trails, visit the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) website.


 13  Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

EASY and MODERATE
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park is situated on a scenic bay on the west side of Kalamalka Lake. Park amenities include a campground, playground, picnic tables, toilets, public beach, and boat launch. The park 
Loop Trail encircles the campground, passing through native grasslands and offers several benches to rest and absorb the amazing vistas.

Features: Excellent view of Kalamalka Lake, beautifully landscaped park. Public washrooms.

Access: Located off Highway 97, 11 km south of Vernon. Directions. Parking is limited during the summer months. 
East Bailey Road, parking lot above the park, on Highway 97 turn east onto Bailey Rd (opposite Predator Ridge turnoff). Directions

The Okanagan Rail Trail bisects the park near the water, providing easy walking or cycling opportunities north and south along Kalamalka Lake.
The Kal-Crystal Waters Trail bisects the park along the top of the park, adjacent to Highway 97. 



 14  Ellison Provincial Park
EASY, MODERATE and DIFFICULT
Explore many of Ellison Provincial Park's natural features and viewpoints to the east and west of Eastside Road. 

The provincial campground on the west side includes over 6 km of easy walking trails with some steep sections.

From the campground, the Nature Trail Loop ascends the forested bench lands offering panoramic vistas of Okanagan Lake.

From the campground parking lot, a winding trail heads down to Otter Bay and South Bay beaches. Another trail to the beaches is accessed between campsites 61 and 63.

The trails along the scenic headlands are steep and require care and attention.

Sandy Beach Trail leads down to the Dog beach and is accessed between campsites 11 and 12.

Evening Trail is accessed between campsites 26 and 27.


An additional network of hiking and mountain biking trails exist on the east side of Eastside Road. Trails include: You and Me, Space Between, Typical Situation, RPM, Raven Loop, Upper and Lower Veedol, Home Run, Deez Nutz, Ellison Downhill, and Blisters Sisters.
Trails connecting to Predator Ridge Resort include: Ellison Connector, Ridge Trail, and Granite. 

For extensive maps of local mountain bike trails, visit the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) website.


Features: Nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, Ellison Provincial Park includes 200 hectares of forested bench lands above a rocky shoreline of scenic headlands and sheltered coves.

This recreational area offers camping, rock climbing, hiking, cycling, three beach areas for swimming, boating, beach volleyball, scuba diving, and picnic areas. 

Access: From Highway 97, turn west on 25th Avenue. Continue 16 km (approximately 20 minutes) along 25th Avenue which becomes Okanagan Landing Road, which becomes Eastside Road. Directions

The campground park entrance is closed from late fall to early spring, but the park is still accessible.

Campground trail map


 15  Sparkling Loop - Predator Ridge
MODERATE, 1.2 km

An easy to moderate hiking trail that circles the Sparkling Hill Resort. Stunning views of Okanagan Lake, Terrace Mountain, Predator Ridge Golf course, and the Sparkling Hill Resort. 

Features:  Asphalt and gravel trail with some steep sections. Picnic table, doggie station. Dogs must be on leash.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road. At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive. 
Parking lot is located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map


 16  Deer Trail - Predator Ridge

EASY, 0.8 km
An easy hiking trail that meanders below the Sparkling Hill Resort.

Features: The trail passes through forested areas and also offers great views of Okanagan Lake.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road.  At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive.
Parking lot is located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map


 17  Bobcat Trail - Predator Ridge

MODERATE, 0.9 km
An intermediate hiking trail connecting Deer Trail with Falcon Point Trail.

Features: Serene hike through forested area among deciduous and coniferous trees and rolling hills. Variety of birds and scampering chipmunks.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road. At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive.
Parking lot is located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map


 18  Falcon Point Trail - Predator Ridge

MODERATE, 1.4 km
An intermediate hiking trail through rolling hills and forested areas. Some steep sections over rocks. Scenic view over Predator Ridge Golf course. 

Features: A connection to the Bobcat Trail.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road. At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive. 
Parking lot is located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map



Difficult Vernon Area Trails
These trails have a major elevation gain, uneven surface, and are challenging for an unconditioned person. Will involve steady and often steep incline.

 1   Grey Canal: Swan Lake East

This trail runs high along the hills above the east side of Swan Lake, following the historic Grey Canal irrigation system that once provided precious water to the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. 

The total trail length from Rugg Road to Baker Hogg Road is 4.3 km, one-way. 

Features: Many remnants of the old canal structures as well as excellent views of Swan Lake, Vernon and Spallumcheen Valley. Interpretive signs, benches. Stroll above orchards, farms, grazing horses and llamas. No dogs allowed

Three separate sections of trail can be hiked individually or all at once: 

1) Rugg Road to McLennan Road
EASY, 1.3 km
The south end of the trail is on uneven dirt surface and the north end continues on the roadway (Grey Canal Road).


2) McLennan Road to Glenhayes Road
DIFFICULT, 2.2 km
You’ll encounter many remnants of the old canal structures including the longest flume along the Grey Canal, where water was carried in a suspended artificial sheet metal channel above the rugged terrain. This challenging section has some of the most difficult and diverse terrain along the Grey Canal trail. Be cautious of rocky, uneven surfaces, descending gullies, and narrow trail portions. Interpretive signs explain the canal’s history and structures.


3) Glenhayes Road to Baker Hogg Road
DIFFICULT, steep climb, 0.83 km
The Grey Canal trail descends 830 meters further west from the Glenhayes Rd parking lot down to Baker Hogg Rd. Enter the trail through the metal horse gate at the south-west end of the Glenhayes Rd parking lot. Directions


AccessRugg Road (south trailhead): On L & A Road continue straight (north) past Cools Road; turn right onto Rugg Road; turn right into the well-marked parking lot. Directions
- Grey Canal Road (central trailhead): On L & A Road continue north past Rugg Road; turn right onto McLennan Road; turn right onto Grey Canal Road.  Parking is at south end of Grey Canal Road. Directions
- McLennan Road (central trailhead): On L & A Road continue north past Rugg Road; turn right onto McLennan Road; parking lot is on the left at the Grey Canal Road intersection. Directions
- Glenhayes Road (northern trailhead): On L & A Road continue north; turn right onto Baker Hogg Road; turn right onto Glenhayes Road; parking lot is on the left. Trailhead is 100m up Glenhayes Road on right. Directions
Baker Hogg Road (northwestern trailhead), trail map sign and metal horse gate are located at the trailhead. Parking on roadside. Directions

Trailheads are marked with rectangular fenced gates.

View Morning Star newspaper article, April 27, 2016

In the early 1900's, the Grey Canal was BC's longest irrigation channel extending from Lavington to Okanagan Lake. The 50 km (30 mile) canal sustained orchards and agricultural land throughout the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. Several sections of the original Grey Canal have been reclaimed as hiking trails. More history



  BX Creek Falls and Trail
DIFFICULT, 3.7 km
This very peaceful and enjoyable 3.7 km trail follows the BX Creek in a cool ravine, mostly under the cover of mature forest. The BX Falls are located at the upper northeast end of the trail.

Features: Experience the cool, humid world of cedar and birch trees, devil’s club, and horsetail. The ascent/descent by the BX Falls, at the northeast end of the trail, is steep with a stairway.  A short side trail leads to the creek bottom below BX Falls. The trail continues south from the falls along the BX Creek crossing six bridges. Uneven surfaces and some steep sections. 

NOTE: During spring runoff the trail may be unsafe and unusable, due to high water levels. 

Access: Trailheads and parking are located at each end of trail (Star Road and Tillicum Road); the trail does not loop:
Star Road (southwest trailhead): From Vernon, follow 48th Avenue east to Silver Star Road (48th Ave becomes Silver Star Rd). Just past the BX School, turn right onto Star Road. Sign and parking at trailhead on the right just before turning left up the hill. Directions
Note: There are two trailheads on Star Road. Take the northern trailhead.
Tillicum Road (northeast trailhead): Continue up Silver Star Road another 2 km, turn right on Tillicum Road. Approximately 1 km off Silver Star Road, parking is on the right, just after the hard right-hand turn. Directions

Side Trail
: A steep 0.3 km side trail provides access from Marmot Court, parking not available.


 3   Grey Canal: East Vernon (Star Rd to Maddock Rd)

DIFFICULT, 1.5 km

Enter a totally different ecosystem as you descend into the heavily forested ravine to BX Creek. On the bridge ponder how many years the flowing creek took to carve the steep walls of the ravine. Continue across BX Creek and climb steep stairs through the lush cedar forest. Leaving the cool green woodland, the trail continues through agricultural lands, and climbs steep stairs to Malim Road.  Turn onto Curlew Road and dip down into a smaller ravine. From here the trail arrives on Maddock Road.

Features: This 1.5 km natural surface trail begins with a steep climb in and out of the BX Creek ravine. Bridges, stairs. Short sections require walking on Malim, Curlew and Maddock Roads. Great views of Vernon and lakes.

Access:  Star Road: Two trail entrances are located at the Star Road Parking lot. Take the south trail entrance which has a steep climb down the ravine, over the BX Creek, and up the other side. Directions
- At west end of Malim Road is parking and a marked trailhead. Directions
- At west end of Maddock Road, follow trail signpost leading north into a ravine and up onto Curlew Road. Directions



Continue 1 km south to join the Grey Canal: Hartnell to DeRoo Road Trail by walking along the following roads:

- Walk east to the end of Maddock Road
- Turn right (south) onto Dixon Dam Road
- Follow Dixon Dam Road, passing Hughes Road, and Magnetic Hill)
- Turn left (east) onto Hartnell Road
Trailhead is across from 5156 Hartnell Road.


Magnetic Hill

On Dixon Dam Road, south of Hughes Road, you’ll walk along one of Vernon’s mysteries: Magnetic Hill.  Only three other magnetic hills are located in BC.

Vernon’s Magnetic Hill has been fooling locals and visitors who experience water flowing uphill, and vehicles rolling uphill when left out of gear.

 

Read this article and watch the video:

https://www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/gravity-has-no-hold-on-vernons-magnetic-hill/ 



 4   Nel's Leap Trail
DIFFICULT, 0.4 km
This steep winding trail is situated on a former ski jump hill used by world champion Nels Nelson from Revelstoke in 1929. Connects Alexis Park Drive to the Grey Canal Turtle Mountain Trail.

Features: Several interpretative signs are located along the winding path, and a bird’s eye view of Vernon is enjoyed at the trail summit. 

Access: Trailhead located next to Venture Training Centre, at 43rd Avenue and Alexis Park Drive. Parking is next to trailhead. Directions

In February 1929, ski jumpers from around the world came to Vernon to participate in an exhibition which included world champion Nels Nelsen from Revelstoke. Nelsen, a five time Canadian champion, held the world record of 240 feet. Thousands of spectators flocked to this hillside to witness Nel’s leap whereby the Vernon News reported: “Nels Nelsen whizzes through the air and travels 1,600 feet down mountain side in 11 seconds – glorious weather contributes to enjoyment of large crowd...”



 5   Becker Park

DIFFICULT
Located in the heart of Vernon, Becker Park contains a new Bike Park and several hiking trails.  Situated on a rocky knoll, the trail rises 30 meters to offer a 360 degree view of Vernon. Several steep sections and uneven surfaces. Dirt, gravel, and rock surfaced trails.

Features: The trail provides several vistas which overlook the city. Behold Okanagan Lake, the Commonage, Middleton Mountain, Bluenose Mountain, Vernon Hill, Silver Star Mountain, Swan Lake, Spallumcheen Valley, Turtle Mountain and other local landmarks. Beware of cactii and uneven footing! Dogs on leash. Benches, picnic table.

Access: Main entrance is at Vernon Curling Club parking lot, 3500 - 39th Avenue. Directions
Centennial Drive and 35th StreetDirections
39th AvenueDirections


 6   Grey Canal: Boss Creek Trails

DIFFICULT
Boss Creek Trails are the latest addition to the Grey Canal Trail System, offering splendid views over East Vernon, Okanagan Lake, and Kalamalka Lake. 

One steep trail starts at the base of Vernon Hill on Welker Rd and climbs uphill to Boss Creek Rd. At Boss Creek Rd traffic circle, the trail splits into two directions. Continue steep trail uphill to Greenwood Rd where trail ends. No trespassing beyond this point: Greenwood Rd is a private road.

A second trail, located half way up the hill at the Boss Creek Rd parking lot, heads south to Galiano Rd and connects to the Grey Canal Coldstream Valley Estates Trail. Be mindful of private property entrances on Galiano Rd.  At Galiano Road, turn left (north) and follow the hairpin road upwards. Prior to the green road gate at the end of Galiano Rd, turn right (south) off the road, and follow the trail markers that lead to the Grey Canal Coldstream Valley Estates Trail

No authorized trails continue past these points shown on map: it is private property and NO TRESPASSING.

Features: Several lovely forested sections. The vertical climb uphill to Greenwood Road is rough steep terrain. The trail south of the Boss Creek Rd parking lot is wide, even, with a smooth surface of crushed, compact aggregate material. 

Access: Parking available on Welker Rd and Boss Creek Rd Parking Lot:

- Welker Road: Head straight east on Black Rock Road, which becomes East Vernon Road, and then Welker Rd. At east end of Welker Rd, trailhead is in small parking spot with wooden trail signpost. Trail climbs straight uphill from parking lot. Directions

- Boss Creek Road: continue east up McLeish Rd which becomes Boss Creek Rd. Parking lot located on right side of road, before Boss Creek traffic circle. Directions

Trail divides into three directions:
1. south to Galiano Rd
2. north and uphill to Greenwood Rd
3. north and downhill to Welker Rd and DeRoo Rd intersection

- Grey Canal: East Vernon trail. Continue walking south along DeRoo Rd to Welker Rd. Trail entrance is at intersection of DeRoo and Welker roads. Turn left at parking spot. Trail climbs straight up hill.

- Grey Canal: Coldstream Valley Estates North. At the north end of the Coldstream Valley Estates Trail, take right fork which leads steeply up Vernon Hill.  The trail enters the Boss Creek Trails on Galiano Road (after the green road gate)

View Morning Star newspaper article, Aug 3, 2020


 7   Grey Canal: Coldstream Valley Estates North

DIFFICULT, 1.3 km
Walking high along Vernon Hill you will behold a bird's-eye perspective of the Coldstream valley sprawling below, with Kalamalka Lake, Okanagan Lake and Swan Lake tucked in the background. Sprinkled along the trail are remnants of the historic Grey Canal which once irrigated the parched hillsides below.

Heading north along Vernon Hill, a midway signpost offers two options: 
- continue straight ahead for a short level trail (0.65 km one-way). Private property sign indicates the termination of trail
- turn right for a longer (1.3 km one-way) and steeper hike, climbing up Vernon Hill for more spectacular vistas and a bench to rest and catch your breath. Trail continues north and joins with the Boss Creek Trails on Galiano Road (after the green road gate)

Features: Both trails offer wonderful views of the valley, the City and Swan Lake. Hard-packed dirt surface. Dogs on leash allowed.

Access: Parking and south trailhead on Cypress Drive: To access Coldstream Valley Estates, follow Highway 6 east, turn left (north) at Aberdeen Road intersection, right onto Buchanan Road, left (north) onto Upland Drive and follow all the way up the hill to Cypress Drive.

Turn left on Cypress Drive. Park at the northwest end of Cypress Drive and enter trail through the yellow concrete barriers. Directions

View Morning Star newspaper article, May 27, 2016

In the early 1900's, the Grey Canal was BC's longest irrigation channel extending from Lavington to Okanagan Lake. The 50 km (30 mile) canal sustained orchards and agricultural land throughout the Vernon and Coldstream valleys. Several sections of the original Grey Canal have been reclaimed as hiking trails. More history


 8   Farnsworth Nature Reserve: Middleton Mountain 

DIFFICULT, steep access but Moderate trails at summit
Situated at the summit of Middleton Mountain, Farnsworth Nature Reserve protects the surrounding native grassland and wildlife. Three loop trails at the summit offer 360 degree views of greater Vernon.

Across from the Emerald Views housing complex on Mt Ida Drive, a trailhead sign indicates the trail to the summit of Middleton Mtn. Steep stairs ascend to the summit. Dogs must be on leash to avoid cactii and disturbing grassland wildlife.

Features: Bluebird Trail, North Loop Trail, Middle Loop Trail, and South Loop Trail offer hikers views of Kalamalka Lake, Coldstream Valley, Monashee Mountains, Swan Lake and the City of Vernon. Grassland wildlife includes deer, marmot, bluebirds, meadowlarks, quail, eagles, vultures and hawks. Abundant variety of wildflowers from early spring to mid-June.

Dispersed along the hiking trails are benches and interpretive signs describing the geology, flora and fauna of Middleton Mountain. 

Scavenger Hunt: Test your knowledge of the plants, animals and geology of Middleton Mountain by gleaning these facts from the interpretive signs along the trails.

Download Middleton Mt Scavenger Hunt

Access: Parking on Mt Ida Drive (across from the Emerald Views housing complex). Directions
Mt Tanner Place, east end, climb reservoir access road. Directions



 9   Middleton Mountain Circle Trail

DIFFICULT, 6 km
The Middleton Mountain Circle Trail begins at the Kal Beach Parking Lot and continues to the summit of Middleton Mountain, passing through Middleton Mountain Park, Farnsworth Nature Reserve, McKergow Meadows Natural Area, and returns back to the Kal Beach Parking lot. Sections of the circle trail are on the road through residential neighbourhoods. Total hike is approximately 6 km and takes 2 ½ hours.

Features: Exquisite views of Kalamalka Lake, the Coldstream Valley, Swan Lake and the City of Vernon. Portions of the trail are steep and require good fitness. Dogs must be on a leash. Remain on the trail to avoid cactii and thistles. 

Access: Several access points include: 
Kal Beach Parking Lot on Husband Road. Directions
- Off Kalamalka Road and north of Kidston Road. Directions
Braeburn Place, east end. Directions
Cortland Place, east end. Directions
Middleton Mountain Park, Mt Ida Drive. Directions
Mt Ida Drive (across from Emerald Views housing development). Directions
Mt Tanner Place (east end cul-de-sac). Directions 

View Middleton Mountain Trails and Park Brochure and Map.



 10  Middleton Way to Husband Road
DIFFICULT, 0.4 km
A short, steep, winding trail that connects Middleton Way to Husband Road. 

Features:  Clear view down Kalamalka Lake.

Access: - North upper trailhead is indicated by a trail signpost on Middleton Way. Directions
- Lower trail access is at 12311 Husband Road, entering along the home's right-of-way driveway. Directions


 11  Neumann Connector: Middleton Mountain 
DIFFICULT, 0.4 km
A challenging, steep dirt trail that connects the east end of Creed Loop up the vertical slope to Middleton Way. Narrow path with hair pin turns.

Features: Enjoyable views of Kalamalka Lake, Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, and Coldstream valley. Colourful spring flowers.

Access: East end of Creed Loop trail. Directions
Middleton Way (at Mt Moberly Place). Directions



 12  Whisper Ridge Trails, Lavington
DIFFICULT, 2.4 km
Located in the Whisper Ridge strata development in Lavington, this public trail is intended for hiking and equestrian use. Portions are on District of Coldstream rights of way, on the strata property, and on Crown land. 

A gravel trail from the Brewer Road parking lot climbs steeply up the hillside using several switchbacks and then becomes more level as it turns to the east. After 1.6 km the eastern end is Coachwood Crescent. The public can continue for about 0.8 km down Coachwood Crescent, along an access lane, and onto Parkwood Drive. From here you may walk on the road back to your car or return the way you came.

Features:  Saskatoon berries, wild raspberries and thimbleberries bushes when in season. The total length of the trail, including the roadside section through Whisper Ridge, is about 2.4 km, one-way. 

Access: West trailhead is opposite 6845 Brewer Road, laneway leading up the hill to a small parking lot. Directions

Please do not park within the Whisper Ridge strata development. 

Note: There is no signage on these trails. 



 13  Okanagan Lake Lookout Loop - Predator Ridge
DIFFICULT, 3 km

This scenic loop offers great views of Okanagan Lake with Terrace Mountain looming on the other side. The trail follows an old logging road, then switches to forest trails and over rock outcroppings. 

Follow the well-used and maintained trail and watch for the Predator Ridge trail signs.

Features: Moderate with some steep sections.  Picnic table. Dogs on leash welcome.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road. At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive. 
- Parking lot and trailhead located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map


 14  Granite Trail - Predator Ridge


DIFFICULT, 4.1 km

This rigorous multi-use trail for cyclists and hikers leads down to Ellison Provincial Park. Steep sections, exposed granite rock slabs and an expansive lake view. Used by thrill-seeking downhill mountain bikers.

Features: Poplar grove, pond, yoga platform. Dogs are welcome on leash. Follow the Predator Ridge trail signage.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road. At traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn left onto Birdie Lake Drive.
Parking lot is located between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill Resort, on left side. Directions 
- The lower end of Granite Trail joins The Ridge trail.

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map

For extensive maps of local mountain bike trails, visit the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) website.


 15  Ellison Connector Trail - Predator Ridge
DIFFICULT, 2.5 km

A demanding multi-use trail that runs parallel to Ridge Trail but at a higher altitude and offering stunning views.  The trail descends and connects to Ellison Provincial Park. Cyclists and hikers share this scenic route.

Features: Panoramic views of Okanagan Lake and Predator Ridge. Follow the well-marked Predator Ridge trail signage. Dogs on leash are welcome.  Clean up after your pet.

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road; at traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive.
- Access Ellison Connector Trail from Longspoon Loop, Ridge Trail, or Dormie Point. Ellison Connector connects with the Blister's Sisters Trail in Ellison Provincial Park.

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map

For extensive maps of local mountain bike trails, visit the North Okanagan Cycling Society (NOCS) website.


 16  Longspoon Loop - Predator Ridge

DIFFICULT, 1.7 km
A challening hiking trail with steep sections and great views. Trail begins on left side of Longspoon Drive and climbs steeply through forested ravines and rolling hills. Panoramic views of Okanagan Lake and entire Predator Ridge development. Path joins with Ellison Connector Trail and Ridge Trail.

Features: Trail meanders around Longspoon Ridge housing development and returns along paved pedestrian and golf cart path to Longspoon Drive. Dog station with bags and garbage bins. Dogs on leash are welcome. 

Access: Take Highway 97 south of Vernon for 12 km; turn right onto Bailey Road; turn left onto Commonage Road; at traffic circle take first right onto Predator Ridge Drive; turn immediately left onto Longspoon Drive. Continue 0.9 km to ‘333 Longspoon Dr’ boulder sign. 
- Parking pads are located on right side of Longspoon Drive, after ‘333 Longspoon Dr’ boulder sign and before mailboxes. Directions. 
- Trail entrance is on left side of Longspoon Drive, past the big ‘Longspoon Ridge’ boulder sign and before the first house on left side of the road. Directions

View detailed Predator Ridge Trail Map


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