Knox Mountain Park
Minutes from downtown, at the north end of Ellis Street, you will find Kelowna’s premiere natural park, Knox Mountain. The Park comprises 235 hectares (580 acres) of environmentally sensitive, Ponderosa Pine forest and grassland. It is home to a variety of animal and plant life, some of which are endangered species. Kokanee salmon spawn along the lakeshore adjacent to the park.
It offers scenic vistas of the city and lake and recreational opportunities for people of all ages. There are a variety of trails with a range of difficulties for walking, hiking and mountain bike riding. The Paul’s Tomb trail of the park is perfect for the more adventurous. There are also several lookout kiosks on the Mountain including the recently constructed Pioneers’ Pavilion.
Though named after Arthur Booth Knox, an early rancher in the area, most of the land for the Park was given to the City in 1939 by Dr Benjamin deFurlong Boyce, Kelowna’s first physician. The park is open to vehicle traffic from March 15 to November 15, dependent on weather conditions. Maps of the park and trails are on a kiosk display in the park. Detailed trail maps are also available from the City of Kelowna Parks Department, 1 359 KLO Road and the Tourism Kelowna Visitor’s Centre located at 238 Queensway – Downtown Kelowna.
Historic Myra Canyon on the famous Kettle Valley Railway is located in the mountains on the Southeast end of the city. It is much higher and is also very popular with visitors. The drive up is approximately 30-40 minutes to drive a upward spiral of approximately 25 km. Directions.
Written for Kelowna Guide Magazine by – Aura Rose