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Individual Trail

Central Okanagan / 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.

  • 15 min from Downtown Kelowna
  • Loop
  • 2.62 km (round-trip)
  • 40 minutes solo | 50 minutes group round-trip
  • 232 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Easy difficulty
  • Has a waterfall.
  • GPS Map available.

Creator: Josh Hoggan
Duration Class:Short Hike
Seasons:Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
Difficulty Description:Short hike with an initial steep ascent via stairways.
Dogs:OK on Leash
Children:Ages 10 and up
Cell Service:Perfect (Telus October 2014)
First Listed:2011-Jun-01
Last Updated:2018-May-01
GPS Notes
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Duration Round-Trip (solo):40 min
Duration Round-Trip (group):50
Trailhead GPS:49.927891000,-119.512650000
Trailend GPS:49.927891000,-119.512650000
Distance:2.62 km (round-trip)
Elevation at Start:352 meters
Elevation at End:352 meters
Elevation Minimum:348 meters
Elevation Maximum:461 meters
Elevation Gain:232 meters (round-trip)
Elevation Loss:-232 meters (round-trip)
Slope Up:16.60% (round-trip)
Slope Down:-15.20% (round-trip)
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