Waterfalls in and around West Kelowna
Just blocks from downtown West Kelowna is a secret gem of a waterfall in Glen Canyon Regional Park (South). This 24 foot fall is viewed from the Powers Creek Falls (sk̓ʷlk̓ʷalt) Bridge and can be accessed from park entrance points at Glen Canyon Dr or Hebert Rd.
Bear Creek Falls (sənt̓ulc̓aʔtn) is a two tiered waterfall that can be seen from both the Canyon Rim and Mid Canyon Trails at Bear Creek Provincial Park. This provincial park is located along Westside Road, 7 km north of West Kelowna.
On a hot summer day, the light mist that drifts off of the Fintry Falls (sx̌ʷitkʷ) in Fintry Provincial Park is refreshing and beautiful. The deep cut canyon that Shorts Creek passes through is impressive and for those that are up for the 400 step climb (don’t worry there are many resting spots along the way!), the views are spectacular. There are three different viewing platforms of the falls, each offering a slightly different vantage point, perfect for those who love photography.
For an easy and pleasant walk, the trail to Hardy Falls (skʷəʕaʔ) in Peachland is well maintained and will take you along a series of bridges. It is well shaded and a great place to escape to during the heat of the day. An easy 15 minute walk leads you to the viewing platform. Just be sure you are ‘bear aware’ in this park! (Please note that this trail is closed for maintenance work until further notice)
Christie Falls, located up Bear Lake Main Road, is stunning. It can be difficult to find, so it is best to stop at a Visitor Centre for directions. Hikers are rewarded with a moderate/challenging hike and a waterfall with a rope swing.