February 23, 2017
As the winter chill begins to dissipate along with the snow and ice, people all across the Okanagan are beginning to look for ways to get outside and enjoy the warming weather. Whether you’re staying at a Kelowna hotel for a few days or have lived in the valley for years, these on-leash hiking trails are the perfect excuse to get outside and feel the spring sunshine on your face.
1. Angel Springs – This 4km-long hiking trail winds through the trees and ends at an area of natural springs where your pet can have a drink or a quick dip to cool off. The springs are rust-coloured due to the minerals present, and look absolutely stunning nestled among the local flora. Through the foliage, you’ll be able to catch glimpses of the spectacular Myra Canyon. This hike is perfect for active dogs and owners that like a moderately challenging hike.
2. Crawford/Canyon Falls – Although this a short hike, it can be fairly difficult for newbie hikers. This trail offers fabulous views of two beautiful waterfalls that can’t be beat. There are many steep cliffs, including a deeply descending trail that takes you down to the final waterfall, so be sure to keep your dog on-leash if it loves to wander.
3. Dilworth Park – This short, flat hike is great for low energy dogs and hikers with strollers. It’s flat surface makes for an easy hike. It’s fantastic views of Kelowna make for the perfect sightseeing adventure. This park is also the perfect spot to watch the sun lower over the downtown core on a clear spring day.
4. Knox Mountain – Located close to your Kelowna hotel, this mountain has access to a network of different hiking trails that cater to all kinds hikers and dogs. From easy paved routes that offer panoramic views of the valley to harder trails that get the blood pumping, Knox Mountain has a little something for everyone.
5. Kettle Valley Railway Trestles – What used to be a popular railroad tucked against a mountainside is now the perfect trail for you and your furry companion to hike along. It may be a bit of a drive from your hotel in Kelowna, but it’s definitely worth it. With stunning views and countless trestles and tunnels, this easy low-grade hike is a great way to get outside and see some sights. You can even switch it up and rent a bike at the trailhead instead of walking it.
6. Kalamoir Park – This dog-friendly on-leash trail is great for taking in tranquil views of Okanagan Lake while winding through remnants of ancient volcanic disruptions. Wild flowers are an abundant sight as well as cacti and Poison Ivy. To treat your dog to a swim, there’s also a dog park located near the shoreline.
Before booking a Kelowna hotel, make sure they’ll happily welcome not only you but your furry buddy too. Read more in our previous post: Questions to Ask the Pet Friendly Hotel Kelowna Experts.
If you’re looking for a pet friendly hotel Kelowna dog lovers speak highly of, check out the Best Western Plus Kelowna Hotel & Suites. We offer a variety of pet-friendly rooms, a grassy courtyard, and easy access to some of the best dog-friendly trails in the city. Book your next stay with Fido today:1-888-860-1212
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