Knox Mountain Park
Knox Mountain Park is the City of Kelowna’s largest Natural Area Park. The park is 310 hectares (766 acres) in size and is located immediately north of Kelowna’s downtown. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Knox Mountain Drive is currently closed until further notice.
Latest Knox Mountain Park updates:
When visiting the park, a reminder to please maintain distance between yourself and other park users to help curb the spread of COVID-19.
April 3, 2020: Apex Trail is now one-way only (up the mountain) until further notice to help provide better physical distancing. Park users will need to use the Knox Mountain Drive roadway to make their way down the mountain.
March 27, 2020: Knox Mountain Drive will remain closed to vehicle traffic until further notice as a measure to promote physical distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. By keeping the roadway closed to vehicles, it provides an alternative route for walkers and bikers in addition to the Apex Trail.
February 2020: A wildfire mitigation project is taking place in the east section of Knox Mountain Park until late spring. Park users are advised that large equipment, work crews and transport vehicles will be active throughout the area during this time. Access from Cara Glen Way will be inaccessible, and trails may be closed without advance notice. Park users are required to follow all work signs, keep dogs on leash and use caution when accessing trails until the work is complete. Some trails may be inaccessible throughout the project.
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. The size, height, central location and natural amenities make this park a landmark that is a highly desirable destination for residents and tourists alike. Views to the park from the City and views from the park of the City, lake, and surrounding mountains are unparalleled. The original parcel of parkland was first dedicated to the City in 1939.
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 Management Plan
Kelowna City Council endorsed the Knox Mountain Park Management Plan in November 2011 directing staff to use the plan as a guide to follow in future planning for the park.
The Knox Mountain Park Management Plan addresses a wide range of issues affecting the park, many of which relate directly to the impact of users on the environmentally sensitive areas. Over the past decade, the number of park users has dramatically increased with the popularity of the park and the general population growth of the Central Okanagan. Park use will likely continue to intensify in use over the coming years as the City's Official Community Plan provides direction for high density development in the adjacent downtown area.
Council's endorsement marked a significant milestone in the history of this city's largest Natural Area Park. The management plan tackled complex planning challenges and has charted a clear and strategic course for the future of the park; one that prioritizes the importance of the park's environmental health and inspires collective efforts to ensure a sustainable future for the park. The management plan includes a financial plan that identifies specific projects and addresses up-front capital expenditures, capital replacement costs and on-going maintenance and operational costs.