Trails & Maps of Vernon Area

Green starred numbers
 
on the map below indicate hiking trails in the Vernon area.
Corresponding Trail descriptions and printable maps are located below this map:
 
 
 
 

Grey Canal Trails (#1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

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. The public hiking sections include: Silver Star Foothills, East Swan Lake, East Vernon, Coldstream Valley Estates, Turtle Mountain and Bella Vista.

  

Trail Number

 

Trail Name

 

Description

 

Map

1. Grey Canal:
Silver Star Foothills Loop Trail 
(Blackcomb Way to Rugg Rd loop)


 

Located below the Foothills subdivision, this loop trail consists of a 1.1 km high trail and a 1.42 km low trail. Easy to moderate.


Features: Views of Swan Lake and Vernon. Wide dirt-packed surface. Dogs-on-leash are allowed. Interpretive signs and benches.

 

Access: Parking lots at Blackcomb Way and Rugg Rd.
- Blackcomb Way (south-east end of trail): 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.

 

- Rugg Road (north-west end of trail): 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 Rd; turn right into the well-marked parking lot.


View Morning Star newspaper article, April 1 2016

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2. Grey Canal:
Swan Lake East
(Rugg Rd to McLennan Rd)



Trek along the east side of Swan Lake, high on the hillside following the historic Grey Canal irrigation route. Total trail length from Rugg Rd to Glenhayes Rd is 3.5 km, one-way.

There are two separate sections that can be hiked individually or all at one.

Rugg Rd to McLennan Rd is 1.3 km in length. South end of trail is uneven dirt surface, .6 km of this section continues on roadway (Grey Canal Rd).

Features: Magnificent valley views. No dogs allowed

Access: Enter trail through marked rectangular fenced gates. Parking is available at Rugg Rd or McLennan Rd.

- Rugg Road (south end of trail): 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 Rd; turn right into the well-marked parking lot.


- McLennan Rd (middle of trail): On L & A Rd continue north past Rugg Rd; turn right onto McLennan Rd; parking lot is on the left at the Grey Canal Rd intersection.


View Morning Star newspaper article, April 27 2016


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3. Grey Canal:
Swan Lake East
(McLennan Rd to Glenhayes Rd)


The north section of the Swan Lake East trail is from McLennan Rd to Glenhayes Rd. This 2.2 km walking trail has challenging sections. Be cautious of rocky, uneven surfaces, descending gullies, and narrow portions. Not suitable for cycling.

Features: Many remnants of the old canal structures as well as excellent views of Swan Lake, Vernon and Spallumcheen Valley. Interpretive signs. No dogs allowed

Access: Trailheads are marked rectangular fenced gates. Parking is available at McLennan Rd or Glenhayes Rd.

- McLennan Rd (middle of trail): On L & A Rd continue north past Rugg Rd; turn right onto McLennan Rd; parking lot is on the left at the Grey Canal Rd intersection.

- Glenhayes Rd (north end of trail): On L & A Rd continue north; turn right onto Baker-Hogg Rd; turn right onto Glenhayes Rd; parking lot is on left. Trailhead is 100m up Glenhayes Rd on right.

Trail to Baker Hogg Rd: The Grey Canal trail descends 830 meters further west from the Glenhayes Rd parking lot down to Baker Hogg Rd. This portion is a natural surface trail suitable for hiking and horseback riding.

Enter the trail through the metal horse gate at the south-west end of the Glenhayes Rd parking lot.  A trail map sign and metal horse gate are located at the trailhead on Baker Hogg Rd. 


View Morning Star newspaper article, April 27 2016

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4. Grey Canal:
Silver Star Foothills connection to BX Fall 
(Blackcomb Way to Star Rd parking lot,
BX Creek/BX Falls Trailhead)


Approximately 800 meters in length, an easy gravel trail that crosses Silver Star Rd.

Features: This trail connects the Grey Canal Silver Star Foothills parking lot (off Blackcomb Way) with the Star Rd parking lot.

- The parking lot off Blackcomb Way is the trailhead for the Grey Canal Foothills trail which continues north and west. See Trail #1 description.

- The Star Rd Parking lot is the trailhead for two trails. At the north end of the Star Rd parking lot is the trailhead to the BX Creek/BX Falls Trail. At the south end of the Star Rd parking lot is access to the East Vernon section of the Grey Canal trail which continues to Malim Rd, Maddock Rd and DeRoo Rd.

Access to Star Road Parking Lot: Heading north on Silver Star Rd, just past BX Elementary school, turn right onto Star Rd. Continue ahead to parking and trailhead sign on right.

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5. BX Creek / BX Falls 

This very peaceful and enjoyable trail follows the BX Creek mostly under the cover of mature forest for 3.7 km. The BX Falls are located at the northeast end of the trail.

 

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

 

NOTE: During spring runoff the trail may be unsafe and unusable, due to high water levels. In Spring 2012 two bridges were washed away by high water. The creek has shifted its course in some locations, which has resulted in some trail route changes. Currently, the trail is usable, but with challenges.

 

Access: Trailheads and parking are located at each end (Star Rd and Tillicum Rd); the trail does not loop.

- Star Rd (southwest trail end): 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 Rd. Sign and parking at trailhead on the right just before turning left up the hill.

 

- Tillicum Rd (northeast trail end): Continue up Silver Star Rd another 2 km, turn right on Tillicum Rd. Parking is on the right, just after the hard right hand turn (about 1 km off Silver Star Rd).

 

Side Trail: A side trail of approx. 0.3 km provides access from Star Rd at Marmot Court, but parking is not available. This trail is quite steep.


View Morning Star newspaper article July 30, 2016

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6. Grey Canal:
East Vernon
BX Creek & Falls Trailhead (Star Rd) to Maddock Rd


Dip down into the cool, shaded BX Creek valley and ascend up on the other side continuing through several ecosystems which offer views of Vernon and lakes.

Features: This 1.5 km natural surface trail begins with a steep climb in and out of the BX Creek, traversing one bridge over the BX Creek and another bridge by Maddock Rd. Short sections require walking on Curlew and Maddock roads.

Access: Parking is available at Star Rd, Malim Rd, and Maddock Rd

- Star Rd: Two trail entrances are located at the Star Rd Parking lot. Take the south trail entrance which has a steep climb down over the BX Creek and up the other side.

- Malim Rd: At the west end of Malim Rd is a marked trail entrance.

- Maddock Rd: At the west end of Maddock Rd, follow marked trail sign leading north into a ravine and up onto Curlew Rd.


View Morning Star newspaper article, July 13, 2016

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7. Grey Canal:
East Vernon
DeRoo Rd to Maddock Rd


From DeRoo Rd the Grey Canal Trail continues north to the BX Creek & Falls Trailhead on Star Rd. Several sections of the trail are on road.

The trail section from DeRoo Rd to Hartnell Rd is 1.42 km on natural surfaces and some short sections on road. Walking trail only; not suitable for biking. Horseback riders also use this trail.

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

Access: Parking available on DeRoo Rd, Hartnell Rd and Maddock Rd

- DeRoo Rd: From East Vernon Rd turn onto Welker Rd and then left onto DeRoo Rd. Trail entrance is at the end of DeRoo Rd on the left. Parking available for several cars.

- Hartnell Rd: Very limited roadside parking on Hartnell Road (beware of ditches).

On Road section connecting Hartnell Rd to Maddock Rd: Walk west on Hartnell Rd, turn right (north) onto Dixon Dam Rd. Follow Dixon Dam Rd (passing Hughes Rd). Turn left (west) on Maddock Rd. At west end of Maddock Rd is a trail head marker leading north towards BX Creek & Falls trailhead on Star Rd (See Trail #6, BX Creek & Falls to Maddock Rd)

View Morning Star newspaper article, July 13, 2016

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8. Grey Canal: Coldstream Valley Estates
(North end of Cypress Drive)


Coldstream Valley Estates to East Vernon

This trail heads north along Vernon Hill and midway splits into two options: a short flat trail straight ahead (0.65 km one-way) or turn right and climb steeply up Vernon Hill (1.3 km one-way) for more spectacular vistas. Private property signs indicate the termination of both trails. Hard-packed dirt surface.

Features: Both trails offer wonderful views of the valley, the City and Swan Lake. The high trail has a bench at a vantage point. Dogs on leash allowed.

Access: To access Coldstream Valley Estates, follow Highway 6 east, turn left (north) at Aberdeen Rd intersection, right onto Buchanan Rd, left (north) onto Upland Dr 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

View Morning Star newspaper article, May 27 2016

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8. Grey Canal: Coldstream Valley Estates
(Cypress Drive)


Coldstream Centennial Project Trail

Heading southeast towards the Coldstream Valley, 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 the third trail:

Coldstream Valley Estates to Coldstream Ranch

At the southeast end of Cypress Dr, a parking lot and trail map indicate the trailhead for this 1 km (one-way) trail heading 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.

Midway a trail sign post splits the trail: continue 200 meters straight ahead (east) to the Coldstream Ranch fence, or turn left and climb to a dead-end of Ravine Drive (not indicated on map). 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 Rd intersection, right onto Buchanan Rd, left (north) onto Upland Dr and follow all the way up the hill to Cypress Drive.

Turn right on Cypress Drive. Trailhead sign and parking are on the right side of Cypress Dr (for Coldstream Centennial Project Trail) and on the left side of Cypress Dr (for Coldstream Valley Estates to Coldstream Ranch Trail).

View Morning Star newspaper article, May 27 2016

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9. Grey Canal:
Turtle Mountain


There are three sections of the trail located on either side of Turtle Mountain Boulevard:

 

a) East of Turtle Mountain Boulevard the trail is gravel, loose rock and boardwalk for 0.72 km, with some steep sections. Beware of steep slopes with no guardrails, narrow path, as well as many patches of poison ivy. Not suitable for bikes or dogs.

 

Features: Great views of Swan Lake, Silver Star, Middleton Mountain and the city.

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b) West of Turtle Mountain Boulevard, the trail is gravel and flat for 0.4 km. Suitable for walkers. Dogs must be on leash. Too short for biking.

 

Features: Views of Mission Hill and Okanagan Lake.

 

c) At beginning of West trail, turn left after first row of houses and follow short trail to Rocky Ridge Park, an outstanding viewpoint.

 

Combined distance: 1.12 km

 

Access: On Alexis Park Drive turn west onto Turtle Mountain Blvd. Parking lot is to the right of subdivision entrance.

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10. Grey Canal:
Bella Vista
Okanagan Hills

1.6 km on a gravel-surfaced trail. An easy walk or ride

Features: Nice views of Okanagan Lake, the Commonage, and Vernon.

Access: Bella Vista Road becomes Okanagan Hills Boulevard climbing the hill towards The Rise. Take the first right turn onto Vineyard Way and park beside the trail on the right.

From here you can hike west 300 metres or east 1.3 km.

View Morning Star newspaper article, August 17, 2016

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11. Swan Lake Nature Reserve

 

A 1.8 km loop trail located at the southwest end of Swan Lake, preserving and restoring valuable marshland area.

 

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 and habitat are situated along the trail.

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

 

For more information visit the North Okanagan Naturalists’ Club website, Swan Lake link
(Click here)

Access: On Old Kamloops Road, turn into Stawn’s Honey and follow a gravel road 0.7 km to a parking area at the trail head.

View Morning Star newspaper article, November 25, 2016

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11.1 Swan Lake Bird Blind

 

A 1.73 km walk (one-way) to the Bird Blind situated on the south east lake shore, allowing excellent observations of the numerous birds on the lake and in the marshland.

Note: the creekside trail can be very wet - even impassable - in the spring.

 

Access: On Old Kamloops Road, turn into Stawn’s Honey and follow a gravel road 0.7 km to a parking area at the trail head.

From the parking area, head south east following an old driveway (parallel to Hwy 97). Turn left into a forested area where the trail follows BX Creek to the bird blind.


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

View Morning Star newspaper article, November 25, 2016

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12. BX Creek Wetland Boardwalk Trail

1.4 km, easy walk or cycle on crushed stone, boardwalks and bridges.

 

Features: Several crossings of BX Creek. Nature Park with wetland ponds at Deleenheer Road. Dogs must be on leash.

 

Access: North end of trail is at Frontage Road on Hwy 97 and south end of trail is at northeast corner of 20th St & 48th Ave.

 

Parking and access in Frontage Road cul-de-sac; on 20th Street (behind Rona); and Deleenheer Road.


Access, but no parking, from 20th St, just north of 48th Ave.

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13. Becker Hill

 

1.0 km trail on dirt, gravel and rock surfaces with a 30 meter elevation change. There are some steep climbs and uneven surfaces, so this trail is not for everyone.

 

Features: The trail provides several vistas from which you can look over the city, view Okanagan Lake, Camelback Mountain and other local landmarks. Beware of cactii and uneven footing!

 

Access: The southern-most access is near the Schubert Seniors’ Centre (north-east corner). The northern terminus is at Becker Park, beside the Vernon Curling Club. Parking lots at both locations.

 

There are several other points to access or leave the trail, including from 35 St and 35 Ave.

 

 

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14. Polson Park Walkway

 

0.7 km on gravel trail and elevated boardwalk. Easy walk or cycle.

 

Features: Trail crosses and follows creek. Dogs on leash.

 

Access: From Polson Park, near Japanese Garden, or from Polson Drive (take 14th Ave off Kalamalka Lake Road).

Parking in Polson Park. Roadside parking, where permitted, on Polson Drive.

 

 

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15. Middleton Mountain Circle Trail


 

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 returning 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; Off Kalamalka Rd and north of Kidston Rd; Braeburn Place; Middleton Mountain Park; Mt Ida Drive (across from Emerald Views housing development); Mt Tanner Place (east end)

View Morning Star newspaper article, October 20, 2016

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Middleton Mountain Circle Trail can be broken down into the following individual hiking components:

 

15.1 Kalamalka Beach Connector Trail
(Middleton Mtn)

 

Beginning at the Kal Beach parking lot, this route heads east, parallel to the rail track. An easy level trail suitable for walking and cycling.

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

Access: At east end of Kal Beach Parking lot, a large trail head sign indicates the start of the trail.

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15.2 Creed Loop
(Middleton Mtn)

 

This easy level 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 Provincial Park and Coldstream Valley. 

Access: North of Kidston Road (off Kalamalka Road); east end of Cortland Place.


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15.3 Neumann Connector
(Middleton Mtn)

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 and Coldstream valley.

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

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15.4 Middleton Mountain Park

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: Mt Ida Drive; Mt York Drive.

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15.5 Farnsworth Nature Reserve
(Middleton Mtn)



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 map indicates the trail to the summit of Middleton Mtn.  Very steep stairs with no guardrails 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, bluebirds, eagles, hawks, marmots.

Dispersed along the hiking trails are 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: Mt Ida Drive (across from the Emerald Views housing complex) up steep staircase; east end of Mt Tanner Place (climb reservoir access road)


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15.6 McKergow Meadows  Natural Area
(Middleton Mtn)

 

An easy 1.0 km 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: Mt Ida Drive (west side of road); Mt Bulman Place; Husband Close (cul-de-sac at north end of Husband Road); and Middleton Way.

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16. Kidston Road to Palfrey Drive,
Coldstream

 

Kidston Road multi-use pathway. 1.0 km paved trail for walking and cycling.

Features: The trail parallels Kidston Road, with two lighted crossings, and has an east-west connection between Kidston and Palfrey Drive.

Access: Red Gate entrance of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and off Palfrey Drive.

View Morning Star newspaper article, January 11, 2017 

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17. Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park 

14 km 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 Rd. Parking also available on Kidston Rd (at red gate), southern end of Cunliffe Rd, and at Cosens Bay Rd gate.

Click below for a brochure and map generously provided by the Friends of Kalamalka Lake Park (two pages)

 

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18. Nka-kul-kem Trail, Clarence Fulton Secondary School

 

290 meters of gravel and boardwalk, starting at Fulton Road bridge and ending on the wetland boardwalk platform.

Features: This trail was a project of Clarence Fulton Gr. 11 Global Education student Jennifer Borchert in 2011.

Access: West of Clarence Fulton School on Fulton Road.


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 19. Commonage Trail 

A 2.4 km gravel trail connecting Okanagan Ave to Mission Rd, suitable for walking and cycling. At Okanagan Ave the trail makes a steep climb with switchbacks. The trail is generally level at the top of the hill to Mission Rd.

 

Features: Views of Okanagan Lake, Vernon, Swan Lake, Silver Star, Coldstream

 

Access: The Okanagan Ave trailhead is to the east of Fulton School. No parking on Okanagan Ave, however vehicles can park on Fulton Road and South Vernon Drive. At Mission Rd, parking is available at the baseball fields. A pedestrian light is provided to assist crossings of Mission Rd. 
 

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20. Jack Schratter Trail

 

This 2.7 km paved trail connects Mission Rd to Okanagan College. The trail parallels the Vernon Army Camp and Highway 97 and is suitable for walking and cycling.

Features:  Use the traffic lights at College Way to cross Highway 97.

Access: Parking is available at the baseball fields on Mission Rd and at Okanagan College.

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21. Longacre Trail

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. Be aware of possible coyotes in the area. Plastic dog bags and garbage cans located at each of the three trail heads.

 

Access: Small parking lot at east end of trail at Apollo Road and Longacre Drive.
Access also off Longacre Drive opposite Okanagan Landing Elementary School.
Roadside
parking and access at west end on Bench Row Road.


View Morning Star newspaper article, February 24, 2017



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22. Bench Row Rd,
Forest Research Site

 

There are 2 to 3 km of easy 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 of the Bench Row Road.

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23. Predator Ridge Golf Course Trails

Predator Ridge has a trail system of well maintained hiking and walking trails, allowing hikers to enjoy all the scenic vistas and the natural beauty of the 1,200 acre Predator Ridge property.

 

Features: The trail system is home to many species of plants and wildlife including painted turtles, owls, red-winged black birds, mule deer, pheasants and quail.

 

Access: On Highway 97, turn off on Bailey Road and follow the signs to Predator Ridge Golf Course.

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23.1. Predator Ridge - Okanagan Lake Lookout Loop
3.18 km loop, starting from a roadside trail parking area between Birdie Lake and Sparkling Hill.
Much of the trail is on an old logging road, over rock outcroppings and on forest trails. From Birdie Lake, a paved path returns you to the parking. Dogs must be on a leash. Hiking boots are recommended. Follow the well-used and maintained trail and watch for the Predator Ridge trail signs.

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23.2. Predator Ridge - Birdie Loop Trail

1.0 km loop, mix of asphalt and gravel trail. An easy walk circling this small lake, which is a good birdwatching location. There is an observation platform.

Parking for one or two cars is beside Birdie Lake Drive.

 

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23.3. Predator Heights Loop Trail 
2.7 km loop in grasslands and forest.
Features: Natural surfaces - dirt, sometimes rocky. Trail cleared to 1.5m width. Hilly with some short, steep climbs or descents. Views of Commonage are superb.
Access: Begins and ends at parking lot on the east side of Commonage Road, opposite Predator Ridge Drive (Predator Ridge Golf Course entrance).
 

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24. Ellison Provincial Park 

Over 6 km of easy walking trails, with some steep sections access many of the park’s natural features and viewpoints.

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

Two trails head down to the Otter Bay and South Bay beaches. From the beaches, hiking trails along the scenic headlands are steep and require care and attention.

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

 

An additional network of hiking and mountain biking trails exist prior to the Park Entrance (east side of Eastside road).

 

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, three beach areas for swimming, boating, beach volleyball, scuba diving, and picnic areas. 

 

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

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

Click below to access Park Map from BC Parks website 

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