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Winter Hiking in the Okanagan: Myra Canyon

Updated: Nov 18

Winter hikes near Kelowna, British Columbia

Winter hiking the Myra Canyon in the Okanagan
Myra Canyon Trestle in the winter

Myra Canyon Trestles in the Okanagan is the perfect winter hike to enjoy the snow. Myra Canyon Trail is located just outside Kelowna with stunning views from start to finish. It is the old Kettle Valley Rail that has been rebuilt as a multi-use recreational trail. There are 18 trestles and 2 tunnels in the 12 km stretch from Myra Station Parking Lot to Ruth Station Parking Lot (24km return). Since it used to be an old railway, it is a very wide, flat path that makes it perfect for everyone to use.



Quick Glance

Trail Route: Myra Canyon Parking Lot to Ruth Station Parking Lot

Distance: 24km round-trip

Difficulty: Moderate

What to bring: water and snacks, microspikes, snowshoes, and layers

Other information: If you don't want to do the whole hike, hike to the 7km mark to see the tunnels and trestles.



Getting to Myra Canyon in the Okanagan

Snow covered trail on  Myra Canyon during winter hiking
Myra Canyon Trail at the beginning

Myra Canyon Trail is located just outside Kelowna, about 30 minutes from downtown. If you want to start from the Myra Station Parking lot, you can simply type that into Google Maps (be careful to not go to Myra Canyon Adventure Park as that will take you towards Ruth Station).


From the Orchard Park Shopping Center in Kelowna, take Benvoulin to K.O.L Rd and turn left. K.O.L Rd will turn into McCulloch road, which you will stay on until you turn right onto Myra Forest Service Road. You will stay on Myra Forest Road for about 8km before turning right into the parking lot. Depending on the snow and how comfortable you are with winter driving, it is possible to make it up with a car.




Myra Canyon Trailhead

Stone trail marker on the Myra Canyon trail in the winter
There are stone trail markers every km

The trail starts right from the parking lot. There's a stone marking with 0Km on it and a yellow gate that prevents people from driving on it. There is also an information board with a map on it. The trail is pretty straightforward as you will be following a railroad track the entire way.


There are 2 outhouses in the parking lot, make sure to use them as the next one isn't until the 3 km and 7 km mark.

Information board with 2 maps of Myra Canyon Trail
Information board at the start of the trail
 
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Trestle and Tunnels

The good news for all of you who do not want to complete the entire 24km Myra Canyon trail, you do not need to do the entire 24 km to see some trestles or the tunnels! There are 2 alternative distances you can do: ~3 km (6km return) or 7 km (14 km return)


Option 1: ~3 Km One-Way | ~6 Km Return

This option is perfect if you are short on time, have small kids, or just want a shorter hike in general. Here you will be able to see about 7 trestles and 2 tunnels. The second tunnel is just after the 3km mark.

You will see 2 tunnels and 7 trestles in the first ~3km



Option 2: ~7 Km One-Way | ~14 Km Return

Km 6 is where it’s at! Get your camera ready for the next 1 km because the scenery is absolutely breathtaking! There are about 5 trestles in a row and as you curve around the bend, you get an amazing view of them all.

Trestle at Myra Canyon in the Okanagan
Trestle around the 6km mark

View of the trestles


If you venture all the way to the Ruth Station, from km 7 to km 12, there are a few more trestles but the route takes you mostly along the trees. I would say it's not as scenic as the first 7km but still beautiful.

Girl walking on a snowy trail through the Myra Canyon in the winter
From km 7-12, the path is lined with trees
 
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Other Information:

Girl standing in front of a Storm Shelter at Myra Canyon on a winter hike
Storm Shelter at Myra Canyon

There are 2 storm shelters, around km 3 and 7 if you do need to use them, along with 2 outhouses along the trail. A fire devastated the area in 2003 and you can still see the remains of it.


There are benches along the way if you need to rest.

Girl walking on a snow covered trail on the Myra Canyon Trail in the Okanagan
Myra Canyon hike in the winter


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