Myra Canyon Trail
Myra Canyon Trail, located in Myra Bellevue Provincial Park, just over 30 minutes from Kelowna, BC, is an easy-going hike, tailor-made for families, mountain bikers, along with hikers seeking a relatively flat but long route. You can create your own itinerary by turning around whenever you want, which is what makes this a kid-friendly walk! However, those craving hours and hours in nature will fall in love with tunnels, trestles, wildflowers, and Okanagan Valley views painted across this hike.
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Route Description for Myra Canyon Trail
Myra Canyon Trail near Kelowna, BC, is a long, multi-use trail—watch out for mountain bikers as you wind along the path. The 24.9 km length may seem daunting, which is why several people opt to bike this route instead or turn around between the 6.0 km-8.0 km mark, making this a 12.0 km-16.0 km hike. Do note that there are two options for parking: Myra Station Entrance and June Road Entrance. You’ll want to head to the Myra Station Entrance, and you can do this by following the driving directions provided! Be aware that some parts of the road leading to the trailhead are narrow and twist around steep corners, so take it slow. You’ll find two parking lots here! The second lot is the closest one to the trailhead but offers fewer shaded spots than the first one.
Myra Canyon Trail takes hikers—those willing to do the entire thing—across 18 wooden trestles, and many offer mesmerizing views of the hilly, natural landscape etched below. But that’s not all! You’ll also travel through two rock-created tunnels. Expect to encounter a reel of Okanagan Valley views, too, such as lakes shimmering in lush scenery!
The path along this route is easy to follow and doesn’t veer off—you’ll follow the Kettle Valley Trail the entire way, turning around when another parking lot emerges into view after 12km. Return the way you came.
Kettle Valley Railway History
The Kettle Valley Trail that’s carrying you under tunnels and along trestles used to be a railroad! That’s right; building the Kettle Valley Railway was a response to the Kootenay gold rush. The construction of the railroad then enabled minerals sent from the Kootenays to travel to the West Coast.
Making of Myra Canyon Trail
After the Canadian Pacific Railway removed the rails, the trail was abandoned and subject to vandalism. However, 1993 saw the formation of the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society. This group had a goal of restoring what’s now known as the Myra Canyon Trail. In 1995, the trestles were safe enough for visitors to explore! And eventually, Myra Canyon became a part of Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park, helping to protect the trail from future vandalism and destruction.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is this trail kid-friendly?
Yes! The 24.9 km length may be daunting, but you don’t have to do the entire thing. You can turn around whenever you desire. It’s best to start at the Myra Station Entrance, where you’ll encounter at least six trestles in the first 2.0 km.
Can I rent a bike here?
Yes! Bike rentals are available on a seasonal basis at the Myra Station Entrance parking area.
Insider Hints for Myra Canyon Trail
- For the best parking spot, follow Myra Forest Service Road to get to Myra Station Entrance and park in the second parking lot as the first one is for overflow parking.
- If you’re with kids, it’s recommended to park at the Myra Station Entrance and walk (or bike) the first 3km before turning around. You’ll encounter at least six trestle bridges in the first 2.0 km as well as one tunnel!
- Bring sunscreen as there are many stretches where you will be exposed to the sun.
- There are two washrooms in the main parking area (non-flushing)
- During peak season, the Myra Station Entrance often has a mobile truck that sells snacks, drinks, and you can find bike rentals here, too.
Getting to the Myra Canyon Trail Trailhead
To reach the trailhead for Myra Canyon Trail from Kelowna, BC, make your way to McCulloch Road. At some point, you’ll turn right to stay on McCulloch Road before taking another right for Myra Forest Service Road and follow this road until you reach the parking area.
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