Best Mountain Biking in Kelowna
Nothing beats tearing along a mountain trail with the wind in your hair, eyes a-bulge with all the beauty the Okanagan Valley has to offer. The folks at Cyclepath have an excellent guide to the best mountain biking trails in Kelowna.
While many of the best trails near Kelowna are cyclist-friendly, here are some epic flat trails that the whole family can cycle along.
Okanagan Rail Trail
This 52 km odyssey features the shimmering shorelines of Kalamalka Lake, off-grid countryside passes, trendy trips through the city of Kelowna itself, and so much more. While not all these sections have been fully joined together yet, this does allow you to pick your own highlights depending on your mood.
Obviously, you will need rest stops along the way. The designers have factored this in, positioning 43 different recreational areas and cultural interest points along the way. To name just a few: you could learn about First Nation customs at special Interpretive Sites, dig into the history of British Columbia at historical landmarks, or blow off even more steam at a four-season playground. The choice is all yours.
Kelowna Trestles at Myra Canyon
Just 24 km away from downtown Kelowna is the must-visit day trip location of Myra Canyon. By car, the 40-minute drive will wind you through the local breadbasket of orchards, farms, and vineyards.
Myra Canyon is a particularly scenic stretch of the Kettle Valley Railway. Old West aesthetics are the order of the day, with astonishing trestle bridges and tunnels hand-built over a century ago. Unmatched views, sheer canyon faces, and alpine mountainscapes all but transport you back in time.
Bring your hiking boots, your mountain bikes, or book an unforgettable horse riding experience with Myra Canyon Ranch for true frontier authenticity.
The Myra Canyon section of the trestles features a 12KM trail passing through 2 tunnels and 18 trestles. Check out the Myra Canyon Trestle maps to decide how far you want to go based on time and ability before you turn back.
The east end of the trestles is the most popular spot to start as it gets you to the bulk of the trestles and tunnels faster. Here’s how to get to the Kelowna Trestles.(Psst, if you can make it to Trestle 6, you’ve done the best parts, in our opinion!)
As well as unbeatable surroundings, the amenities at Myra Canyon make everything simple. Myra Canyon Bicycle Rentals allow you to rent a set of wheels for the day and pick up provisions. Even if you’re not normally a cyclist, there really is no better place to fall in love with the sport than here.
In case this wasn’t enough, Myra Canyon Adventure Park provides additional adventure opportunities with a whole host of outdoor climbing activities and rope courses for the entire family. They also have three zip lines that clock in at 70 metres in length (each!) and offer group team-building challenges and games!
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