Spark your family's fitness routine by taking everyone hiking in Kelowna! The following list has information on some area trails that are easy enough for most families to conquer and a few of them are even stroller-friendly.
Bear Creek (Difficulty: 3/10)
When talking to locals, virtually everyone has been to Bear Creek Provincial Park and Knox Mountain Regional Park. At this time of year, the waterfall at Bear Creek is bursting through the canyon, providing a phenomenal family photo taking opportunity. This hike has a couple sets of stairs as well as spots with a bit of grade, so it's not ideal for strollers. After your hike, take the kids over to the beach at Bear Creek Park for a swim. Plan for a 60 minute round-trip hike.
Paul's Tomb on Knox Mountain (Difficulty: 2/10)
This easy to follow trail to Paul's Tomb begins at Crown Lookout on Knox Mountain and will take the average hiker about 60 minute round-trip. There is a beautiful private beach at the end of the trail making it another great place for the kids to play and swim. Total distance is 4.8 km round-trip and the trail is wide, well graded and maintained making it easily done with a baby stroller in tow. Bring your camera!
Kalamoir Park (Difficulty: 3/10)
Teetering on the backyard edges of many wineries, this looped trail offers continual panoramas reaching across the lake to Okanagan Mountain Park and Lower Mission. Currently, the park is only mildly affected by the high water levels from the lake, and is still fully accessible. Plan for this hike to be a 60 - 90 minute round-trip. Stroller is not ideal as parts of the trail get pretty narrow.
Kettle Valley Railway Trestles (Difficulty: 1/10)
This popular canyon and the KVR Trestles are amazing to visit year-round. While the entire track reaches from Kelowna all the way to Penticton, the most scenic walk along the stroller-friendly route (Myra to Ruth Station) is 12 km, each way. This area is the most picturesque because it includes the highest number of trestles and signage. Walking it is nice but bicycling it is faster and it's an easy peddle the entire way! Bike rentals are available at the Myra Station entrance and will provide a 1.5 - 2 hour trek. Walking, prepare for a much longer leisurely stroll of upwards of 4-5 hours.
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Josh Hoggan is an avid hiker who started Kelowna's HikingAddiction in 2011. Growing to over 6000 members, the group hosts free hikes every weekend in the Okanagan. When he's not seeking the next stunning vista or hidden trail fork, he's working designing apps with his business, Koingo Software, that he started when he was ten years old.