Active by Nature
Say go. We dare you.
We are active. We are drop dead gorgeous. And we want you to get out and explore our awesome natural playground, because our everyday lives are better than most people's vacations.
The Active by Nature map
Use the interactive map as your kick-start to enjoy the epic outdoor adventures that Kelowna has waiting for you. We have highlighted some of our best and most stunning routes and trails for you to explore while biking, running, walking, swimming, paddling, strolling, rolling, or whatever it is you like to do outside - winter, spring, summer or fall.
Check out this season's featured routes highlighted on the map.
What are you waiting for? Say go!
Making Active by Nature even more interactive!
We have launched Knox Your Sox Off! and the Knox Challenge - two new interactive and fun ways to enjoy your hike up Knox Mountain Park along the Apex Trail. You just need your phone (GPS on), water and some good shoes.
Knox Your Sox Off! is a fun and fact-filled quest where you hike up Knox along the Apex Trail at your own pace. With your phone as your guide, you'll learn about the history of Knox Mountain Park, its natural plant and wildlife, and much more. Take the kids and see where the trail takes you...you might just see something that Knox Your Sox Off!
Knox Challenge is a timed quest. Whether you're a seasoned 'Knox-er' or new to the Apex Trail, give it a try! Your phone (GPS on) acts as your stopwatch. Start at the bottom of the Apex Trail, follow the sign markers as you make your way up, and the challenge is on. It's a steep hike to the top of the 2.4 km trail so get your heart rate up and then enjoy the stunning view at the top. Track your time, challenge your friends, track how many times - there are lots of ways to have fun with the Knox Challenge!
How to get started:
- Download the 'QuestUpon' app (available for iPhone and Android).
- Select your quest.
- Start your adventure!
There are so many ways to enjoy the parks and recreation activities that Kelowna has to offer. Find one for every day in June!
- Take a swim at Parkinson Recreation Centre. Get active with a lane swim or bring the kids for a fun public swim.
- Visit City Park for some friendly basketball! Bring your friends and make an afternoon of it.
- Get outside and check out the Kelowna Paddle Trail. With buoys from McKinley Beach to Bertram Creek, you can paddle your way to different beaches and explore Kelowna from a new perspective.
- Explore the Summer Activity Guide to find hundreds of programs including art courses, fitness classes, swimming lessons and more! Registration begins June 11.
- Get your heart rate up and run the Rutland stairs! You’ll find them on Dell Road between Hollydell and Perry Road and they’ll spit you out at Dougall Street South. Get your fitness on!
- Get some air and check out the Mission Creek Mountain Bike Skills Park. Whether you’re new to mountain/BMX biking or more of a pro, this hidden gem has something for everyone. Located on a 3.4-hectare site at 1960 Hollywood Road South, the park features a pump track and six dirt jump lanes progressing from beginner to expert.
- Mix music and health! Take a walk downtown and play a piano at one of the several Piano in the Park locations like Jim Stuart Park or City Park. You’ll also find a piano in Rutland at Roxby Park and at Kelowna Memorial Cemetery.
- Try an outdoor workout in the sunshine! Parkinson Recreation Centre offers outdoor fitness equipment right behind the building so you can get active for free of charge.
- Get on your bike, hop on a skateboard or put on your in-line skates and take a trip on the Okanagan Rail Trail! There are approximately 14 km to explore in Kelowna. Remember to stay on the trail and share the path with others.
- There are two interactive and exciting ways to enjoy Knox Mountain Park – Knox Your Sox Off! and the Knox Challenge. All you need is your phone (GPS on), water and some good shoes. Download the QuestUpon app on your iPhone or Android device, select your quest and start your adventure! See above for more information.
- Take a walk through Guisachan Heritage Park. The park and gardens were previously owned by Lord and Lady Aberdeen. Lord Aberdeen served as the Governor General of Canada from 1893-1896 and the family played a pivotal role in the settlement of the area. The park is located at 1060 Cameron Avenue, just east of the intersection of Gordon Drive and Cameron Avenue.
- Take a walk through Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery to learn more about Kelowna’s pioneering families or enjoy the beautiful views and quiet atmosphere. Originally an Anglican Church burial ground at the turn of the century, this historical area of Kelowna remembers both pioneers and recent citizens who helped shape our community.
- Enjoy the sunshine with a trip to Quilchena Splash Park. It’s open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. so there’s lots of time to enjoy the green grass and the cool water. The park also features a playground, trails and pickleball and tennis courts.
- Looking for new ways to get active? Try going for a run or walk on the new track at the Apple Bowl. Track running not your style? You can also try the stairs! The track is open from 6 a.m. until dusk, weather permitting.
- Take a trip down to Sarsons Beach Park. There’s a playground, picnic tables and lots of beach to explore! This beach is a hidden gem in Kelowna.
- Take a hike and check out Dilworth Mountain Park. You’ll see some of the best views of the city and there’s even a small playground for kids. Explore the trails and see if you can spot Kelowna’s official flower, Arrowleaf Balsamroot, along the way!
- Visit Kasugai Gardens behind City Hall to see the koi pond and enjoy the traditional elements of Japanese gardens that represent our Sister City relationship with Kasugai, Japan.
- Cool off and take a trip out to Ben Lee Water Park - bring a picnic and make a day of it! Kelowna has several water and splash parks located throughout the city.
- Get your toes wet! Take a swim today at Boyce-Gyro Beach Park. It’s beautiful at all times of the day but we recommend a sunset swim! Find the beach at 3400 Lakeshore Road.
- Take a trip out to Munson Pond Park and see all kinds of wildlife! This hidden gem is a natural treasure centrally located in Kelowna’s South Pandosy / KLO sector, near the intersection of Benvoulin Road and KLO Road. It is now a red listed (endangered) ecological community and ranked by the BC Conservation Data Centre as one of the rarest in B.C., so please note that no dogs are allowed. Keep your eyes open for birds, owls, frogs, snakes and more.
- Take a hike! Check out Kuipers’ Peak Mountain Park. A short (5 to 10 minute) hike to the top, with some sections that will get your heart rate up, and you are rewarded with a stunning view of Okanagan Lake and panoramic views of mountainous landscape.
- Check out the park nearest you and bring a kite! When was the last time you tried something for the first time again?
- Check out our Urban Tree Guide and then go tree hunting all over the city! Can you find all the trees listed in the guide? Keep a journal so you can keep track.
- Take a walk downtown and explore 70 pieces of public art held in the City collection – which one is your favourite? Download the Kelowna Public Art Tour app and take a tour with friends.
- Check out the painted turtles and do some birdwatching at Chichester Wetland Park. Wetlands like this one are extremely rare in the Okanagan environment!
- Looking for a place to take your dog? Kelowna has over 100 on and off leash dog parks located throughout the city in every neighbourhood!
- Keep the kids busy and check out one of the various accessible playgrounds located throughout the city! Try Ben Lee Park, Rutland Centennial Park, Parkinson Recreation Park, or Rowcliffe Park.
- Take a walk through Knowles Heritage Park. This small but lush park in one of Kelowna’s oldest areas is a perfect little getaway. Take a rest on the park benches and take in the vibrant rose bushes and flower gardens that surround the entrance to the park.
- Drop-in to the fitness centre at Parkinson Recreation Centre and try a new workout. You'll find a friendly atmosphere and a range of equipment so there’s something for everyone!