Knox Mountain Park
Knox Mountain Park is Kelowna’s largest natural area park spanning 367.34 hectares located just north of downtown, and open to the public from 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily.
Based on results from engagement conducted in 2021 on Knox Mountain Drive usage and accessibility, Council endorsed a two-year multi-modal strategy trial allowing for vehicular access to the first lookout daily from 12 p.m. – 8 p.m., which comes into effect opening day 2022. Since the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitor numbers to Knox Mountain Park have doubled during peak times, and the strategy considers both accessibility and safety of those using the park and roadway.
Additional parking is now available on the western side of the base of Knox Mountain, accessible from Poplar Point Drive.
Remember to keep your dog on leash, unless you are in the designated off-leash dog park area. Park users are also reminded as the weather warms up the risk of wildfire also increases, so check regularly for provincial fire bans and regulations. Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes and cannabis is banned in all City regional parks and beaches.
Knox Mountain Park Management Plan Update
The 2021 Knox Mountain Park Management Plan has been updated refining park management through the next decade. Click the button below to read all about its future, then participate in the poll and discussion forum at getinvolved.kelowna.ca.
More Information About Knox Mountain Park
The summit of Knox Mountain rises approximately 300 metres above the high-water level of Okanagan Lake. While the lake shoreline borders almost 1,400 metres of the western park boundary, much of the remaining boundary is surrounded by residential development. Its size, height, central location and natural amenities make this park a landmark and a popular destination for residents and tourists alike.
Knox Mountain is home to several representative Okanagan ecosystems as the park transitions from lakeshore to mountain top, including: riparian, wetland, Ponderosa Pine Bunch Grass, and dry Interior Douglas-fir. These ecosystems are fragile, dry and highly susceptible to erosion and degradation.
The park supports numerous activities including but not limited to walking, running, hiking, pedal biking (road, cross country and downhill), birding, nature appreciation, sightseeing, winter recreation and dogs on-leash.
Knox Mountain Park COVID-19 Update
While the province has eased on public health orders and restrictions, the City asks all visitors to be respectful to others when using public spaces.