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Parks & Trails

Parks

With over 80 parks spread throughout the two municipalities and two electoral areas that make up Greater Vernon, there is a plethora of green space waiting to be explored.

www.vernon.ca/parks-recreation/parks-fields-beaches

The Regional District, through Greater Vernon Parks, Recreation and Culture, maintains:

Greater Vernon Sub-Regional Parks, which include:

 

Creekside Park - 8101 Kidston Road

Features: Ball Hockey, Baseball, Basketball, Lacrosse/Hockey,Playground, Skateboard Park, Soccer, Washrooms
 

 

Kin Beach Park - 7248 Tronson Road

Features: Beach, Picnic Shelter, Playground, Swimming, Tennis Courts, Volleyball Beach Courts, Washrooms
 

 

DND Fields - 15th Avenue (no dogs permitted on sports fields)

Features: Baseball, Washrooms, Dog Park (off-leash area)
 

 

Marshall Fields - 6601 Okanagan Landing Road

Features: Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis Courts
 

 

Farnsworth Middleton Park - Mt Ida Drive

Features: Walking/Hiking, Interpretive Signage

 

 

Paddlewheel Park - 7815 Okanagan Landing Road

Features: Basketball, Beach, Boat Launch, Playground, Swimming, Tennis Courts, Volleyball Beach Courts, Washrooms
 

 

Hurlburt Park & Beach - 9647 Eastside Road

Features: Beach, Swimming (No dogs permitted)
 

 

Ranchlands Park - Buchanan Road

Features: Natural Park and Open Space
 

 

Kalamalka Beach & Park - 13836 Kalamalka Road

Features: Beach, Swimming, Volleyball Beach Courts, Washrooms, Concession
 

 

Swan Lake Nature Reserve & Park

Features: Walking, Bird Watching, Interpretive Signage (No dogs permitted)
 

Electoral Area “B” and “C” Parks, including:

 

Black Rock Park - 715 35th Avenue

Features: Natural Park and Open Space
 

 

Gibbs Road Tot Lot Park - Gibbs Road

Features: Playground
 

 

BX Community Park - 5734 Silver Star Road

Features: Basketball, Playground, Soccer
 

 

Keddleston Park - 7825 Silver Star Road

Features: Natural Park and Open Space
 

 

BX Ranch Park - 845 BX Road

Features: Walking/Hiking, Dog Park (dogs permitted off leash)
 

 

Mutrie Park - 4011 Mutrie Road

Features: Walking, Dog Park (dogs permitted off leash)
 



Cools Pond Park - 6440 L&A Road

Features: Walking, Rural Wetland, Viewing Platform
 

 

N'Kwala Park - 5440 Macdonald Road

Features: Basketball, Playground, Soccer
 

All other local parks in Greater Vernon are maintained and managed by the municipality that they are in. 

 

Trails

Greater Vernon Parks, Recreation and Culture manages and maintains  Greater Vernon Sub-Regional Trails, which include the Grey Canal Trail and BX Creek Trail.

Trail Maps and Cycling Routes

Detailed trail maps and cycling routes are available below.

Grey Canal TrailGrey Canal Trail

British Columbia’s longest irrigation channel, the Grey Canal once sustained orchards and small agricultural plots throughout the valley.  The Grey Canal trail follows the canal alignment, and at certain sections the original pipelines can still be seen.  The Grey Canal Trail vision is a seamless trail system, following the old canal alignment, around the entire valley.

BX Creek TrailBX Creek Trail

Explore the cool trail that follows BX Creek.  The BX Falls section has several bridge crossings and steep stairs, but is suitable for families and a great trail running path.  The return trail takes about 1 hour to walk.

A shorter option is the BX Creek delta section.  This section of the trail provides boardwalks through sensitive wetland ecosystems.  Watch for butterflies crossing!

Vernon Creek Trail

The Vernon Creek trail system is a combination of paved and natural trails that will eventually take you from downtown Vernon to Kin Beach on Okanagan Lake.

Middleton Mountain Trail

Coming soon!

Trail Safety

  • Hike with a partner. The companionship on a hike is fun and you can encourage one another to meet your fitness goals.
  • Take plenty of drinking water. Leave stream, river and lake water for the park wildlife. Although it looks clean and refreshing, mountain stream water can make you ill.
  • Be accountable. Let someone back at camp or at home know where you are going and when you plan on returning, and call them when you arrive back safely. Consider taking a mobile phone for emergencies.
  • Don’t walk off-trail. Cutting across switchbacks erodes the hillside and eventually destroys the trail. Plus, walking off-trail increases your chance of suffering an injury or getting lost.
  • Keep your distance. Wildlife lives in all of our parkland, even near urban areas. Whenever you encounter wildlife on the trail, keep your distance and back away slowly. Poison Ivy is a common plant throughout the North Okanagan. Learn to identify its shiny, three-leaf pattern and avoid touching it.

Cycling Routes - PDF Files

For information about Parks and Trails in Greater Vernon, please visit the Greater Vernon Parks and Recreation website at www.greatervernonrecreation.ca


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Phone:  250-550-3700
Fax:      250-550-3701
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