For an off-road run of just about any distance in the Okanagan Valley, pick a section of the Okanagan Rail Trail. The gravel-surfaced multi-use path follows a former rail bed between Kelowna and Vernon. As of summer 2021, 42.5 km of the planned 53 km trail is completed, with a 7 km gap between Ellison Lake (Duck Lake) and the Kelowna International Airport. There are some really scenic sections and lots of variety, as the trail follows the shores of Kalamalka, Wood and Ellison (Duck) Lakes, meandering past colorful cliffs, forests, vineyards, and orchards. About 24 km is along the water.
This trail does not yet show up on popular maps. Instead, see this site for updated information and an interactive map. Some of the most scenic sections are along Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake.
- 42.5 km (26.4 km) of the trail is completed. Note the 7 km gap between Ellison Lake (Duck Lake) and the Kelowna International Airport
- Southern terminus is in Kelowna, at Ellis St. & Recreation Ave. Vernon End is at Kal Beach at the norther end of Kalamalka Lake
- Numerous access points and parking areas