Skip to main content

Exploring Knox Mountain Park in Kelowna

View of downtown Kelowna from Knox Mountain. Threes and a short fence in the foreground with a city view, Okanagan Lake and a bridge in the background under a blue sky with some clouds.

Kelowna offers plenty of ways for people to get outside and get active while enjoying beautiful views. One such spot is the ever-popular Knox Mountain Park. This sprawling 1,093-hectare park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with a diverse playground for activities ranging from leisurely strolls to challenging hikes and mountain bike adventures. Whether you’re a seasoned adventurer or a casual explorer, Knox Mountain Park has something for everyone.

A Trail for Every Pace

Lace up your hiking boots, grab your mountain bike, or simply put on your walking shoes – Knox Mountain Park caters to various ways to explore its beauty. Here’s a glimpse into the adventures that await:

Hiking Trails

The park boasts a network of well-maintained hiking trails ranging from easy family-friendly paths to challenging climbs that reward you with breathtaking panoramic views. Popular options include the Skyline Trail, the Beaver Lake Trail, and the McDougal Point Trail, each offering unique scenery and challenges.

Biking Trails

Knox Mountain is a paradise for mountain bikers of all skill levels. From the flowy single-track trails of the Myra Canyon connector to the challenging climbs and descents of the advanced trails on the backside of the mountain, there’s something for every thrill seeker.

Walking Trails

Looking for a relaxed stroll with scenic views? Knox Mountain offers numerous paved and gravel walking trails perfect for enjoying the fresh air and natural beauty. Meander along the scenic trails overlooking Okanagan Lake or explore the forested paths that wind through the park’s heart.

Beyond the Trails: Exploring Hidden Gems

Picture of Okanagan Lake as seen from Knox Mountain with yellow grass and trees in the foreground, the lake in midground and mountains in the background under a blue sky.

Knox Mountain Park in Kelowna isn’t just about hiking trails. Here are some other activities Knox Mountain visitors can enjoy:

  1. Running: The well-maintained trails and scenic views make Knox Mountain Park a popular spot for runners. The Knox Mountain Park Society organizes weekly group runs throughout the summer, offering a social way to explore the trails.
  1. Swimming: Beat the Okanagan heat at the end of the favourite Paul’s Tomb hike. with a refreshing dip at the Myra Canyon Pools. This family-friendly hike ends at a beautiful beach where people swim and paddleboard – the perfect escape on a hot summer day.
  1. Disc Golf: Test your skills on the 18-hole Knox Mountain disc golf course located within the park. This challenging course offers stunning views and a fun way to enjoy the outdoors with friends or family.
  1. Diving: For certified divers, a unique underwater adventure awaits at Okanagan Lake just off the beach at Paul’s Tomb. Descend to discover a quirky tribute to the legendary lake monster, the Ogopogo.

Finding Your Way In: Access Points and Popular Trails

Knox Mountain Park is easily accessible from various points in Kelowna. You can park at the bottom of the mountain and the midpoint (crown lookout) from 12 – 8 pm daily during the frost-free season. Most of the trails can be accessed from the entrance on Ellis Street.

Once you’ve chosen your entry point, you can explore the park’s many trails using this Knox Mountain trail map. There are 15 trails to choose from. Here are a few of their most popular to get you started:

  • Apex Trail: Don’t let its 2km distance fool you. This moderately difficult trail has a few steep sections on the way up. But it’s worth it – you’ll be rewarded with stunning panoramic views at the top and a shady pavilion to enjoy them from.
  • Grainger Precinct and Pond Loop: This moderate 5.6km trail is probably one of Knox’s more popular trails. Great views and good exercise, this trail takes about 2 hours to complete. 
  • Paul’s Tomb: For a more family-friendly trail, head to Paul’s Tomb, a nice and easy hike along the water. 

To explore other trails in and around Kelowna, check out our Local Guide to Hiking.

Respecting Knox Mountain Park

This park a beautiful and special place to be enjoyed by locals and visitors alike. Here are a few tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone:

  1. Leave No Trace: Pack out all your trash and avoid littering at all times.
  2. Be Bear Aware: Knox Mountain Park is home to black bears. Carry bear spray and practice safe bear encounter protocols. Learn more on WildSafeBC’s website.
  3. Keep Your Dog Close: Dogs must always be leashed while on the trails. There is a designated off-leash area in the southwest corner of the park.
  4. Respect Others: Be courteous to other trail users and yield to those hiking uphill. 
  5. Be Fire Aware: Always check BC’s fire bans and restrictions or local news sources for the latest information on trail closures or restrictions due to active fires or fire damage. 

Stay with Us at the Shore

Picture of The Shore Kelowna with a parking lot in front, trees in the midground and Okanagan Lake with mountains and blue sky in the background

A quick 20-minute drive from the Shore means Knox Mountain is an easy visit any time of day. Our fully equipped suites mean you have everything you need for whatever the day brings you – in-suite laundry, fully equipped kitchens, and a comfortable space to call your own. Once your hike is over, there are plenty of shops, restaurants, and outdoor spaces nearby to relax, eat, and shop at. 

Explore our suites today.