Canyon Falls via Kuipers Park


22 min from Downtown Kelowna
49.797151, -119.481159
Crawford/Canyon falls is an absolute gem of Kelowna and is a must-see for everyone. Prior to the end of Summer 2014, this trail required a very steep descent down ropes. However, the City of Kelowna has gone in and completely revamped the trail. It is now substantially less steep and doesn't require any ropes. Though, due to flooding in 2017, the trail was closed due to instability of the cliffside. It remains closed now in July 2018.

This trail begins at Kuipers Park and follows a variety of 4x4ing roads past Jack Smith Lake to finally arrive just next to the gravel pit near the Canyon Falls descent. There are countless forks in the trail. Please prepare yourself by bringing the GPS map. You have two options once you get on the trail. The first option is to continue up and to your left to some buildings, resulting in an hour long leisurely walk starting with a great view of the city.

The second and more difficult option is to take the trail straight forward and down after climbing the first little hill. At the bottom, keep left and follow it past the lake.

Eventually, you will come to a bridge with signs for No Trespassing just beyond it. Continue across and past these signs, but take an immediate LEFT fork. Follow it, taking all the forward-moving RIGHT forks until you come to the trailhead.

After arriving at the first waterfall, continue up the boulder in-front of you (unfortunately the ropes have been removed), and continue walking along the river for another 100 meters or so. This will take you to the bigger waterfall. The top of this final waterfall can also be accessed via a short rope descent further down the trail at the top of the hill.
  • Short
  • Average
  • Out & Back Same Way
  • 12.60 km round-trip
  • 1 hr solo
  • 1 hr 38 min group
  • 273 m gain
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly


49.797151, -119.481159

Driving Time

From Downtown Kelowna, approximate travel time by car is 22 min.

Notable GPS Co-ordinates

Detailed Directions

1. Head South on Gordon Dr from Harvey and travel 8.5km
2. Bear right on Frost Road
3. Take your first left onto South Ridge Drive
4. Turn left onto Dougherty Ave
5. Turn right onto Kuipers Crescent
6. Drive around the block until you reach the park entrance for "Kuipers Peek Mountain Park". It begins at a dirt path with a giant metal bar going across the path to block vehicle traffic.

Google Directions

Use our written directions in preference to the Google directions below as they are likely more accurate.

Linear Trail
This is a linear (out and back/not a loop) trail; the values below indicate the one-way statistics from the trailhead to the end of the route.
  • Starting Elevation: 595 meters
  • Ending Elevation: 595 meters
  • Maximum Elevation: 639 meters
  • Elevation Gain: 273 meters
  • Elevation Loss: -273 meters
  • Slope Up: 9.00%

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GPS Notes
We have often color-coded our GPX tracks. While it is not always the case, we have tried to use the following convention on our newer maps:

Green/Blue: human-verified by our volunteers.
Purple: overgrown trail, bushwhack, or on private property.
Red: default color or not reality-checked
Yellow: Road
Other Colors: May have been satellite traced or imported from third party sources.

While we strongly believe our GPS are accurate, please be aware that no logging system is perfect and to be aware of potential errors. Use at your own risk.
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