Time to put on your walking shoes. There is a must-do hike in B.C. that can literally be done at any time of the year. This mountain top hike called Myra Canyon Trestle in Kelowna will take you through 18 man-made trestles that are 3,000 feet in the air. Hope you aren’t afraid of heights.
B.C. has so many hidden gems and we can’t help but share them all with you. But some of the best-kept secrets are the hikes.
Our province has no shortage of gorgeous views and the walk along Myra Canyon is no exception.
This hike will literally have you walking 3,000 feet in the air so you can only imagine how wonderful the birds-eye view really is.
The hike has some intense history and will take you through one of the most highly scenic portions of the Kettle Valley Railway.
Originally built by hand at the turn of the century, this moderate hike will take you along 18 trestle bridges that will have you suspended as you walk from mountain to mountain.
Don’t worry, these bridges aren’t ancient and were actually rebuilt after a wildfire struck the area in 2003.
Out of the 18 trestles, 12 were completely engulfed by the lightning-induced fire and everything was rebuilt.
Located about 24 kilometres from downtown Kelowna, it just a brief 40-minute drive to get to.
Don’t worry, the drive won't seem long at all. During the entire car ride up there you will have vineyards, orchards, and golf courses to look at that are picture-perfect in any season.
Be mindful that you will not start at the bottom of the mountain to hike, you will actually drive all they to the top.
The road up to the mountain is gravel so be sure to have a vehicle that can withstand some bumps and steep climbs.
When you get to the top, there is a massive parking area right at the entrance of the hike. You literally can’t miss it.
Altogether, the trail is 24.9 kilometres to get in and out. Though, you can turn around whenever your heart (and your body) desires.
Dogs are allowed on the path so we strongly recommend bringing your pooch. Just be sure to pack enough water for both of you.
The walk is long but if you’re willing to spend an afternoon out in nature it is totally worth it.
If you don’t want your feet to get sore, consider taking your bike.
While we wouldn’t suggest sporting your cruiser on the path, there are mountain bike rentals right at the entrance of the hike.
You can even bike all the way to Penticton. While you’re there, you can even hit up the natural lazy river float.
The Myra Canyon hike is exceptional at any time of year, but it’s the prettiest in the fall and the summertime.
Just be sure to pack a bag accordingly and be prepared to see some wildlife.
From cougars to squirrels, this hike is home to a lot of nature and wildlife and it’s important to be aware of your surroundings.
We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.