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  • by Josh
  • 2016-Aug-06

Individual Trail

BC-Okanagan (North) / Coldstream/Lumby

30 min driving from Downtown Vernon

Bluenose is a stunning heavily forested hike with a few great clearings of the valley between Coldstream and Lumby. The hike itself is well marked and easy to follow. Prepare for a very steady uphill ascent, with a brief detour for a Viewpoint in the first 20-30 minutes off to the left. Return back to the trail and continue eastward to reach the apex of Bluenose Mountain.

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Seasons Accessible
  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Fall
  • 30 min from Downtown Vernon
  • Loop
  • 4.88 km (round-trip)
  • 1.7 hours solo | 2.0 hours group round-trip
  • 463 meters elevation (round-trip)
  • Hard difficulty: A steep uphill trek with mildly steep sections.
Kids & Pets
  • On-Leash
  • Child-Friendly
  • One of our favourites!
  • GPS Map available.

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Driving Time

From Downtown Vernon, approximate travel time by car is 30 minute(s).

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Detailed Directions

1. From Vernon, follow Highway 6 towards Lumby.
2. Turn RIGHT on Learmouth Road just before the village of Lavington with signs for Coldstream Willows Nursery. This road snakes through the countryside.
3. Turn LEFT onto Reid Rd after about 5.5 km.
4. Turn RIGHT onto Whitevale Rd (unlabelled) after about 300 meters. Continue past Aspengrove Equestrian Academy as the road becomes "Bluenose Rd" and then "Aberdeen Lake Rd"
5. Watch for a tiny brown sign on your left indicating "Bluenose Trail" just after the yellow 4 km marker on the road (3.8 km since the road turned into gravel).
6. Park in the clearing.

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