Visiting Knox Mountain Park Kelowna BC

Amazing Views, Hiking, Picnics & Exploring

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 do' 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.

It's a wonderful place for hiking and mountain biking, with many trails, and the park also has a picnic area with a playground where you can spend an afternoon away from the beaches, just relaxing and enjoying all that the Okanagan Valley has to offer.

Stunning Mountain Views Overlook The City Of Kelowna knox mountain lower level lookout and pauls tomb trail

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).

William R. Bennett Bridge, Downtown Kelowna
& Okanagan Lake Looking South From The Crown Lookout
knox mountain view of downtown kelowna

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.

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.

Pioneer Pavilion At The Upper Lookout pioneer pavilion at upper lookout knox mountain kelowna

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. :-)

View From Apex Lookout At Peak of Knox Mountain - Looks South knox mountain apex lookout looking south

Or, take the Camelot Walkway from Pioneer Pavilion (below) for some stunning views of Okanagan Lake and the Valley north. Note: This isn't the best trail for kids, as it's not that wide and runs along a steep cliff.

View From Pioneer Pavilion and Camelot Trail - Looks North knox mountain pioneer pavilion view looks north

Tips For Visiting Knox Mountain Park

knox mountain entrance
  • There's no cost to enter and use the park. Bring your camera and binoculars (we forgot ours the first time). :-)

  • If you plan to visit be sure to wear proper footwear, like a good pair of shoes, or hiking shoes/boots. Make sure the kids have proper closed toe footwear too (not sandals).

  • In early spring, especially, it's tick season, so hats are important.

  • Bears, cougars and coyotes have been reported in the park. Stay together, keep children close and pets on a leash. It's hard to be noisy when you're in the heart of nature and it's so peaceful and quiet. However, do make some noise, or carry a bear bell. Keep food and picnic items safely contained.

Knox Mountain Park 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).

Park Trail Map At The Upper Lookout/Pioneer Pavilion knox mountain trail map and directions at upper lookout

When you visit the mountain, don't forget sunscreen, and bring plenty of water to drink. And most importantly, enjoy your time. :-)

Park Hours:
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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