1. Naramata Creek Park (Naramata) moderate
This 2.4 km hike, round trip, takes between 30 minutes to 1 hour to complete with children. It’s an easy hike with interesting geological features and a gorgeous waterfall at the end. The hike is not stroller friendly and requires crossing the creek twice using logs. A great place to explore spring, summer and fall!
2. Peach Cliff (Okanagan Falls) challenging
This approximately 4.5 km hike, round trip (depending on which trail you take), is moderately difficult with a steep ascent near the top. It takes about 2 hours to complete. The various features and history make this a really interesting hike for children. The hike is not stroller and exposed to the sun especially near the peak. A great hike in the spring and fall. Be sure to treat yourself to Tickleberry’s after this hike.
3. Giant’s Head Mountain Park (Summerland) challenging
A steep 2.5 km (5.1 km, round trip) climb up this remnant of volcanic dome offers a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view of the Okanagan Valley. The challenging hike takes about two hours to complete with children. The hike is not stroller friendly and is very exposed to the sun. Try this hike in the spring and fall. On a hot summer day I would recommend driving to the top.
4. Skaha Bluffs Provincial Parks (Penticton) varied – easy to challenging
There are many trails throughout this area, some of which are quite technical. It is a beautiful area and with shady spots, such as Shady Valley (see map), making it a good place to hike in the spring, summer and fall. Be careful of loose rocks, rock climbers and steep cliffs!
5. Skaha Lake Pictographs (Penticton) moderate
Discover pictographs by taking an approximately 2.5 km hike, round trip, through bighorn sheep habitat. There is a steep ascent near the beginning of the hike but the trail become more moderately sloped afterwards. Not stroller friendly and partially exposed to the sun. It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to complete this hike with children.
6. McIntyre Bluff (Oliver) extra challenging
A 10.5 km hike that begins at Covert Farms and ends with an amazing view of the South Okanagan Valley. This hike is exposed with steep ascents. It takes about 3 to 5 hours to complete the round trip with children, depending on ability and weather. Alternatively, hike to Rattlesnake Lake and back (less than halfway) for an easier hike with children.
7. Osoyoos Lake Oxbows (Osoyoos) easy
Learn about the importance of oxbows on an easy 4.0 km walk. This leisurely walk takes about an hour to complete with children but is completely exposed to the sun. Good for spring and fall.
8. Mahoney Lake (Okanagan Falls) easy
Take a leisurely walk around this unique saline (salty) lake, but be prepared for muddy shoes!
9. Osoyoos Desert Centre (Osoyoos) very easy
Enjoy an easy 1.5 km walk over a boardwalk while overlooking the beautiful and endangered ecosystem of the South Okanagan. Admission prices and hours of operation are located on their website.
10. Vaseux Lake Wildlife Centre (Vaseux Lake) very easy
Take a short very easy walk on a boardwalk to the two-storey, bird observation platform, a great place for bird viewing. The walk is stroller friendly and takes about 15 minutes to complete round trip.