Bear Creek: Canyon Rim Trail
BC-Okanagan (Central) / West Kelowna
15 min driving from Downtown Kelowna
Dedicated to trail constructer, BC Parks Ranger Dave Brewer, who designed the trail in 1981, the Bear Creek Canyon Rim trail is manageable for hikers of all difficulties. It's important to note that the trail parking lot is closed from mid-October until the spring; however, parking roadside is available.
The trail entails staircases and bridges and takes you along the rim of the canyon to upper viewpoints of Okanagan Lake and downtown Kelowna. The creek below forms small scenic waterfalls and is surrounded by maple and birch trees, Saskatoon and buffalo berry bushes, wild rose, horsetail and molasses. At higher levels, balsam-root can be found along with prickly-pear cactus, Ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir.
Noticeable wildlife includes tree-frogs in the springtime whilst crickets can be heard during the summer. The area is also frequented by bears, coyotes and rattlesnakes.
Unfortunately in 2011, the Canyon Trail was affected by a wildfire. Results from this include unstable trees, holes and loose rock, especially if you go off trail. Please be aware.
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