Summer is close to ending, but before that I have few more adventures that I want to share with you. Hiking is one of my favorite activity during Summer, and that’s what I want to share with you today. I want to take you to the short hike that we did at Knox Mountain Park in Kelowna, BC
Where is Kelowna Located?
Kelowna is a city in the south of Canada’s British Columbia province. It’s in the Okanagan Valley, on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake, surrounded by provincial parks, pine forest, vineyards, orchards and mountains. Its downtown area incorporates waterfront City Park and a lakeside cultural district. More than 20 local vineyards offer wine tours and tastings.
I’ve been to Kelowna few years ago and I cannot believe how much it changed. There are so many establishments and almost comparable to some cities in lower mainland in BC. It is quite amazing to see a buzzling busy area like this after traveling more than 2 hrs of seeing nothing but roads, trees and mountains. No wonder a lot of local and tourist are visiting this place. Kelowna ise a popular place for wineries, that is the main thing they are known for.
They are also popular destination for fruit picking, the likes of Cherry, Peaches and Apples. Because of the amazing lake and mountain view, Kelowna has become a popular wedding destination too.
There is so much that you can do in Kelowna whether you are visiting alone or with family and friends. One thing that you should be aware of is that the temperature during the peak of Summer (July -Aug) gets really hot, say 35C -40C. They get quite cold too during winter. It is best to plan your trip when visiting this place, just like when visiting any other place but just a special consideration for the weather and temperature. They have dry hot weather and it really get uncomfortable outside. I would say Sept – early Oct is probably better, it is still warm but not as hot during Summer.
Apex Trail at Knox Mountain
Apex Trail is located at Knox Mountain in Kelowna BC. It is about 4 1/2 hrs drive from Vancouver. There are several view points in the area and different route to get there. We did 2 of the viewpoints which were both amazing, the higher you get, the better the view.
Apex Trail 1st View Point
The first view point is a short walk from the parking lot, about 15 minutes. If you want to take a shortcut, you can park the car at this level and save the 15 minutes walk. The view was amazing, but it can get better if you are up for more physical activity to get to the Apex viewpoint.
Apex Trail 2nd View Point
From the parking level where the 1st viewpoint is located, you can start the ascend to Apex Trail where the 2nd lookout is located. Although the trail is not all flat, the trail is fairly easy. We saw few people even running this trail up and down. One thing to note though is that this trail is an open trail, which means you are fully exposed to the sun (on a sunny day) there’s not much shade like when hiking in the woods.
To better enjoy the hike, check the weather (as always) and choose a time that is not too hot. You can hike the Apex Trail in 1 hr (one way) or even less if you are in a good physical condition. It is a short hike, but still advisable to wear piper hiking shoes as the trail is uneven and rocky, bring water, put some sunscreen, have cap and sunglasses to protect you from the sun, and last but not the least, always inform someone where you are going.
This is not a difficult hike, but it could get really tiring when it is a hot day. Some of the path are rocky, a lot of up hill climb and few stairs to climb. Do it at your on phase. The beautiful view helps to motivate me to keep going.
The view point is not the end, there are still trail that you can follow from that area. We decided not to do another trail and head down. We wanted to have some time to explore other areas and also to get something to eat.
The waterfront city park is one place that you should not miss when you visit Kelowna. This area is very busy during the Summer, people flock here for a swim, food, or drinks. The had improve this so much since I last visited it that I cannot imagine it was the same place. The waterfront was well maintained with manicured lawn, there are more cafe and restaurants nearby. This is a popular place for people to hangout on a hot day. If you are into boating or water activities and you do not want to go anywhere far, this is the place. They have rental facility in the area for water activities. Even If you are not into any water activities, you will still enjoy the place. We just walked around the area, sat and enjoyed the view.
We went to Downtown Marina to pass the time and to have ice cream. What could be better in a hot day than ice cold drinks and generous scoops of ice cream.
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- Exploring Granville Island
- Exploring Vancouver Waterfront
- Exploring Stanley Park
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