Knox Mountain Park, which offers some incredible breathtaking views of Okanagan Lake, the valley and the city, is a large natural area park in Kelowna BC. It's definitely a must on your list of things to do in Kelowna, whether you're here visiting, on vacation, or you live here. This beautiful Kelowna park is located just north of the downtown Kelowna district.
You can easily get there by following Richter Street (which turns into Broadway Avenue) north, or by following Ellis Street north, both off of Harvey (Hwy 97), and land directly at the lower parking lot and tennis court. You'll also see Sutherland Beach directly in front of the entrance to the park.
From the entrance, drive up Knox Mountain Drive to the first lookout and parking lot, which also provides access to Paul's Tomb Trail - a popular trail to walk - and the first lookout, Crown Lookout (in the image above).
There are lots of trails up here, plus signage in the pavilion that offers some interesting information about the history of the mountain, and the Kelowna Okanagan region.
As you continue on up Knox Mountain Drive, past the first lookout, you'll arrive at the Pioneer Pavilion, which accesses more trails and the summit, Apex Lookout.
Once you're parked, you'll have to hike up a bit of a climb to get to the summit and Apex Lookout. This area is fine if you're bringing kids along. And the views are worth it. :-)
Or, take the Camelot Walkway from Pioneer Pavilion (above) for some stunning views of Okanagan Lake and the Valley to the north. Note: This isn't the best trail for kids, as it's not that wide and runs along a steep cliff.
Amenities at the pavilion includes washroom facilities and there's also a caretaker's cabin. You'll likely see the park ranger out and about the area. The picnic area and playground is midway between the lower (Crown) lookout, and the upper (Apex) lookout. You'll need to park alongside the road and carry your picnic and supplies to the picnic area (a short walk).
Open 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Knox Mountain Drive Hours: Dependent on weather conditions and sanctioned event closures.
Winter Hours for vehicles: Closed.
Summer Hours for Vehicles: 9:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Monday to Saturday and noon to 9:00 p.m. on Sundays.
Questions? Contact the City of Kelowna park info line at (250) 71-PARKS
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