Coldstream Valley Estates:
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
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. Interpretive sign and bench. Dogs on leash allowed, please use dog bags and garbage cans located at trailheads. Wheelchair Access Suggestions
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