In the mood for some craft beer or a glass of vino? The Okanagan Rail Trail passes by many of Kelowna’s top eateries and watering holes, including Kelowna’s Ale Trail. Check out the urban wineries and distilleries. Grab a bite at one of the local restaurants and cafes, where you can dine in or – if you’re heading out to do some exploring – take a picnic lunch to go.
For those seeking adventures of a quieter kind, we invite you to explore Carney Pond beside the Okanagan Rail Trail. Fully accessible by wheelchair and ideal for walking and cycling, this natural treasure is located just a short distance from downtown Kelowna. Carney Pond is a birder’s delight, with more than 100 species of birds spotted in and around the pond area. Hawks, teals, ducks, starlings, sandpipers, herons, pheasants, swifts and eagles are among the many species that can be seen there.
Another popular spot is Mill Creek Regional Park. This little gem is often referred to as an oasis within the city and is a favourite among locals and visitors alike. Shaded by beautiful trees, you can follow Mill Creek as it winds it way to the falls, where you can take in the breathtaking views or go for a refreshing mid-hike dip.
Don’t want to leave your four-legged friends behind? The Okanagan Rail Trail is paw-fect for pooches. All sections of the trail are dog-friendly (on-leash), and on and off-leash dog parks can be found along the way. So your canine companions can come along for the walk, the run, the ride or whatever else you have planned.
The Okanagan Rail Trail is a place of legacy, connections, discovery and enjoyment. Every person who uses or appreciates the trail has the opportunity to be a friend to the trail – to use the trail respectfully, and to give back to make the trail the best it can be.