For the best views in the Okanagan Valley, take a hike. At town level, it can sometimes be difficult to fully appreciate the size and beauty of the sparkling lakes, rugged hills and endless vineyards of this area. Here are five great hikes in and around Penticton that showcase the best of the Okanagan Valley.
Giant’s Head, Summerland
Skaha Bluffs, Penticton
Kettle Valley Railway trail, Penticton to Naramata
McIntyre Bluff, Oliver
Rim Trail, Cathedral Provincial Park, Keremeos
The Rim Trail is one of those hikes where the early switchbacks really pay off. Once the initial elevation is done (650m up from the 2000m base camp), the rest of the day is just one jaw dropping view after another. Jagged peaks in one direction, the rolling hills of the Okanagan in the other, majestic lakes below; the Rim Trail has so much to offer hikers looking for a great aesthetic payoff.
Author bio: One half of a Canadian/British couple currently living in Penticton, British Columbia, Gemma is happiest with a paddle in her hand, on the trail or planning the next big adventure. She writes about adventure travel on OffTrackTravel and can also be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.