UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
IN RESPONSE TO COVID PRECAUTIONS
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION
RE: SAFE DISTANCING OPERATIONS
There are a few changes that people will have to follow:
People not feeling good should stay home
We will space ourselves during the walks and when stoppages occur – people can switch off to talk with others
Coffee afterwards may not be possible – leader to decide
Trekkers meet at the Parkinson Activity Centre,1700 Parkinson Way, at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated People going to the trailhead should gauge their arrival time based on people departing from the PAC
Wear hardy hiking shoes or boots, and bring water, hiking sticks and suitable clothing for weather. Most hikes will be under 2 hours in length and a stop for refreshments will be indicated if possible. Please note, these hikes are not easy strolls as most participants come to get the exercise. There will be hills and a moderately fast pace, and hikes are subject to change as conditions change. For more information on any of the hikes call the leader.
Monthly Schedule of Dates & Destinations below
The board meeting August 13, 2020 addressed concerns about registration on hike day which were reviewed by PAC Administration and a City Representative. Every person partaking in our hikes must provide their name and phone number for contact tracing, this is absolutely imperative. Also, all trekkers must have an up-to-date membership and sign in to meet PAC’s liability coverage. Registration is preferred at PAC prior to 8.30 AM by membership card for each trek.
All trekkers who go directly to the trailhead of the trek must sign in as this is mandatory. Their full name and phone number must be on the sign in sheet. Leaders will ensure all trekkers sign in either at PAC or at the trailhead. Trekkers can also have leaders write their info for them.
The PAC does not endorse carpooling. That is entirely your own personal decision. If you have any symptoms or are associated with a person with Covid you should not car pool or trek until better or properly quarantined.
As per pre-covid instructions – Trekkers can meet at the Centre for 8:30am departure. People going to the trailhead should gauge their arrival time based on people departing from the PAC. We need to tighten this up – for our safety and for the Centre. If you have any concerns contact a Board Member.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Trekkers meet at the Parkinson Activity Centre, 1700 Parkinson Way, at 9:00 AM unless otherwise indicated (Note the time change). People going to the trailhead should gauge their arrival time based on people departing from the PAC. Wear hardy hiking shoes or boots, and bring water, hiking sticks, and suitable clothing for weather. Most hikes will be under 2 hours in length and a stop for refreshments will be noted. Keep in mind, these hikes are not easy strolls as most participants come to get the exercise. There will be hills, a moderately fast pace, and hikes are subject to change as conditions change. For more information on any of the hikes call the leader.
November 4 2020 Mill Creek: Meet at 9 AM at the PAC. A flat walk to show the route and features of Mill Creek. Leave from and return to Parkinson Senior Centre for coffee. 1 hr 10 mins. Leader Robin Jarman at 778-478-2760.
Friday November 6, 2020 Special advance Trek – Gladstone Trail Peachland: 9:00AM at PAC This hike is difficult with a climb to see old mine claim signs, meet Old Pat/Pete on the mountain above Peachland. Good hiking boots, poles, and water are recommended. Direction Peachland, right Princeton Ave. right Somerset Ave. left Gladstone Rd. left Victoria St. right Harrington Cres Trail Head 9:30. Please pack your lunch in your backpack with extra water as we will have lunch with a great lake view. The views are incredible along the trail so bring your camera. Approximately 3 hours. For more information call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869.
November 11 2020 Mount Baldy: Meet at PAC at 9:00AM or meet at the trailhead at 9:10AM with your sturdy hiking boots and poles. This hike has lots of up and down stretches. We will climb up to the summit to see the panoramic views from the top and then slowly wind our way down through a forested area. Take Dilworth drive or Summit Drive to the intersection of Dilworth and Summit. From there, head north on Rifle Rd towards the Greenery. Just past the condos turn right on Mt Baldy Rd and park on the side of the road. We will meet at the corner of Rifle and Mt Baldy. This hike is approximately 1 hour and 15 min. Coffee to follow TBA. Call Jan Appleton at 778-215-0312 for more information.
Friday November 13, 2020 Goats Peak Special advanced Trek: 9:00AM meet and carpool from PAC. This hike is moderate to a difficult climb. Good hiking boots, poles and extra water are recommended. Carpool to Seclusion Bay Road in West Kelowna, take 97 through West Bank, stay in the left lane as left turn is before Draught Hill down to Peachland. Trailhead 9:30 Please pack your lunch. The views are incredible at the top and along the trail. Approximately 3 hours. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information.
November 18 2020 Quail Ridge Linear Park: Carpool from Parkinson Activity Centre to Quail Ridge Subdivision. Left turn at Kelowna Airport Intersection onto Quail Ridge Blvd. Turn left on Quail Run Drive, right on Quail Lane and left on Quail Crescent. Parking at the end of Crescent.This is a mostly level walk – approx 1-1/2 hrs. Coffee at Tims by Nestor’s market afterwards. For more information call Ken and Deb Kitura 778-753-1131.
November 25, 2020 Wilden Hills: Meet at PAC at 9:00 AM. Car pool from PAC if comfortable to end of Union off Glenmore, trailhead at 9:20 AM. The trek is moderate with some hills with ups and downs. Good hiking boots, poles and water are recommended. Approximately 1.75 hours. Coffee to follow at Tim’s or McDonald’s on Kane Road. For more information call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869.
Friday Special – October 2 – Spion Kop. This hike is advanced from moderate to very difficult as we trek to the summit. Good hiking boots, poles, lunch, and extra water are recommended. Meet at PAC at 9:00 to travel to the West Trail Head off Carrs Landing Rd. Please pack your lunch with extra water as we will have lunch at the top. The lake and valley views are incredible along the trail. Approximately 3.5 hours. Take Okanagan Centre Road East, right Carrs Landing Rd., right Moberly, left on Forest Hills, right Townsend, left Northstar to Trail Head. Lv. approx. 9:30 AM from there. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information.
Wednesday, October 7 – Bellevue Creek Canyon Falls. Meet at the PAC at 9:00 AM. We will trek by the falls and along Bellevue Creek area. Directions to Crawford Estates: De Hart, Crawford right WestRidge, right Canyon Ridge, and park on Canyon Falls Court. Limited parking. Obey signs or you will be towed, also park on Canyon Ridge. Coffee will follow at PAC. The trek is easy / moderate with new safe steps down / up from the Canyon Falls. Approx. 1.75 hours. Lv. approx. 9:20 AM at Trail Head. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information.
Wednesday, October 14 – Cemetery/Rail Trail. Meet at the PAC at 9:00 am. We will walk from the PAC, through the cemetery, onto the rail trail and then onto Dilworth Rd and back. A moderate 1.5 hour walk with some inclines. Coffee to follow at the PAC. Call Henning or Amanda (H) 250-868-2459 (C) 250-878-2383 for more information.
Friday Special – October 16 – Bellevue Lookout. Meet at the PAC at 9:00 A.M. This hike is advanced from moderate to difficult as we trek to the Lookout. Good hiking boots, poles, lunch and extra water are recommended. Directions to hike in Crawford Estates: De Hart, Crawford, right WestRidge, right Canyon Ridge, and park on Canyon Falls Court. Lv. approx. 9:20 at Trail Head. The trek is moderate to difficult with a long climb up to Bellevue Lookout, great view over an amazing canyon. Approx. 3 hours. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information.
Wednesday, October 21 – Rose Valley Reservoir. Trek down to reservoir and back up. Good hiking boots, poles and water are recommended. Meet at PAC at 9:00 AM to the end of West Kelowna Road by McPhail Court. Lv. approx. 9:20 at Trail Head. Take Westlake Road, left West Kelowna Road just pass the school to the end. The views are incredible along the trail and the reservoir for this moderate trek. Approx. 2 hours. Coffee at Tim’s by Mall. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information.
Friday Special – Advanced Trek October 23 – Pincushion Mountain. This is a steep and rocky 2 km climb, not for the faint of heart. There is a flagpole at the peak, where there is also a picnic table and panoramic views. Good hiking boots, poles and water required. If desired, carpool from PAC at 9:00 AM. Or meet at the trailhead at 9:30 AM. From Hwy 97 turn right on Ponderosa Rd by the big peach in Peachland. Wind your way to the top of the road and park in a gravel parking lot on the left. Approx. 3 hrs. Call Jan Appleton 778-215-0312 for more information.
Wednesday, October 28 – Oyama Loop. Meet at the PAC at 9:00 AM. We will drive north through Lake Country to Oyama. When leaving Lake Country take the turnoff to the right onto Pemelwash Parkway and travel about 6km until you come to a flashing red light and 4 way stop. Turn right and go about 500m until you see the Community Club on your left, park opposite. This is a new hike which will take us on trails and roads with one short climb. Approx.1 hr 30mins. Please wear good boots, bring your poles and something to drink. This is a dog friendly walk. Coffee/lunch may follow afterwards at Pane Vino (panevinopizzeria.com) weather permitting or later TBA. Call Martyn or Lyndsay at 250-862-8753 for more information.
September 2 – Paul’s Tomb: 8:30 AM – meet at PAC. 8:45 AM at Trail head. Take Spall or Gordon to Clement Avenue; take Clifton Road to the first light, left on Mountain Avenue to Mount Royal Drive, left on Royal View Drive to the end. Park at the trailhead by Knox Mountain. We will hike to Paul’s Tomb via the first lookout which is a moderate climb. The hike is about 1hr 45mins. Coffee to follow at PAC. For more information call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869.
September 9 – Kalamoir Regional Park: Meet at the PAC at 8:30 AM or at the trailhead. From PAC head over the bridge towards West Kelowna and at the far end of the bridge take the first exit onto Campbell Road. Follow Campbell Road to the crossroads then go straight ahead onto Benedick Road. The trail begins at the end of the road so park where possible making sure you do not block driveways. Our hike is all on trails, we will follow the lake on the way out before returning via the upper trail. Approx. 1hr 30mins. Please wear good boots, bring your poles, and something to drink. This is a dog friendly walk. We will return to the Centre for coffee. For more info please call Martyn at 250-862-8753.
September 16 – Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park: Leave from Parkinson Activity Centre at 8:30 AM or meet at the trailhead at 9:15 am. Head towards Vernon on Highway 97. Turn right at the traffic light onto College Way (towards Coldstream). Turn right onto Kalamalka Rd. Turn right onto Kidston Rd. Follow Kidston Rd all the way. Continue past the red gate trailhead until you see a sign on the left “Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park”. Turn in at the sign to the parking lot. One and a half hour moderate walk with some inclines. Coffee to follow at Friesen’s Country Tyme Garden. For more information contact Henning or Amanda Jacobsen (H) 250-868-2459 (C) 250-878-2383.
September 23 – South Slopes Myra Park: Meet at the PAC at 8:30 AM. We will hike along several trails to Teddy Bear Junction. Take Benvoulin, Casorso, Bedford, park at the lot at the end of Stewart Road East past the hydro station in South East Kelowna. Coffee will follow at Urban Fare, Tim’s in the Mission, or back at PAC. The trek is moderate with lots of hills and great views. Approx. 1hr 45mins. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information.
September 30 – Horizon Drive Loop: Meet at the PAC at 8:30 AM or at the trailhead. Head south over the bridge and at the first light turn right onto Horizon Drive (opposite Boucherie Road). Go down the hill and where it sweeps to the left before heading uphill park here on the right. Our hike will take us along the trail before climbing up to Diamond View estate with great views down over the lake. We will follow the undulating road to Bear Creek road before returning via the trail. Approx. 1hr 30mins. This is a dog friendly walk. For more info please call Martyn at 250-862-8753.
August 5 – Rails for Trails: Start at the PAC at 8:30 AM and walk up the Rails for Trails from there and back. Coffee to follow outside the PAC. For more information contact Chris Bischoff at 250 470 7038.
August 12 – Hardy Falls and Renfrew Rd walk: Meet at the PAC at 8:30 AM or at the trailhead. Take Hwy 97 past Peachland and turn right on Hardy Rd just before Antlers Beach. Park at the end of the street close to the Hardy Falls Regional Park sign. This is a flat, short, and shaded walk to the falls. To make it a bit longer, I have added an additional walk along Renfrew Rd next to the falls. This a gentle uphill paved walk. Approx. 1 ¼ hr. Please bring a chair and your coffee to enjoy after the trek. For more information, please call Jan Appleton at 778-215-0312.
August 19 – Wilden Hills: Meet at PAC at 8:30 AM. Car pool from PAC (if comfortable) to end of Union off Glenmore, trail head at 8:50 AM. The trek is moderate with some hills. Good hiking boots, poles and water are recommended. Past several ponds and lots of nature. Approximately 1.75 hours. Coffee to follow at PAC. Bring your lawn chair. For more information call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869.
August 26 – Mission Creek Regional Park: Meet at 8:30 at PAC or the EECO centre on Springfield Road. Our hike will take us on the trails around the park. Easy with some short climbs. Coffee to follow at the PAC. If you want to stay and chat afterwards bring a chair. For more info please call Martyn at 250-862-8753.
Friday August 28 – K.L.O. Creek to Angel Springs: Meet at PAC at 8:30, Carpool from PAC (if comfortable) or meet at K.L.O. Creek trailhead at 8:50 AM. Take Benvoulin, left on K.L.O. to McCulloch, past Field Road and park just east of the bridge on McCulloch Road. Please carpool if comfortable as limited parking. You must have poles, good hiking boots. We will Trek along and cross the creek many times, very scenic difficult hike with a steep hill to Angel Springs. Bring lunch and extra water Approx. 3.5 hours. For more information call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869.
July 1 – Bellevue Creek, Woodhaven Park, Lower Mission Ridge at 8:30 AM: We will walk from Bullock Road. Park on Frederick and Bullock off Raymer Road which is Gordon Drive south of DeHart, left on Raymer Road, left on Bullock. Coffee small groups of your choice, Urban Fair, Tim’s etc. The walk is easy, Approx. 1.5 hours. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information. It’s Canada Day so wear Canadienne!
July 8 – Johns Family Nature Conservancy (formally Cedar Mountain Regional Park) at 8:30 AM: To reach the trailhead, drive south on Lakeshore Dr. Continue straight onto Chute Lake Rd and then straight onto Upper Mission Drive. Continue to drive uphill another 2.1 km once you are on Upper Mission Drive, past Seton House of Prayer turnoff until you reach the City Limit sign. From there the road is gravel for 1.4 km where you will see the parking lot on the right. This area offers stunning views of the city and Kelowna Crags. There is some up and down to the trail including some stairs. This moderate walk will be about 1 ¼ hours. There is an outhouse along the path and little shade. Please bring a hat and wear sturdy footwear. Coffee/ice cream to follow at Kettle Valley Coffee & Scoops. For additional information call Jan Appleton at 778-215-0312.
July 10 – Special Friday Trek – Wilden to Fire lookout at 8:30 AM: Meet at Trail head on Summer Wood. Directions – Clifton, right on Rio to Upper Canyon Drive, left on Echo Ridge Drive, left on Summer Wood, Park on Summer Wood by Skyland Drive.This hike is advanced from moderate to difficult as climbing several hills. Good hiking boots, poles and extra water are recommended. Please pack your lunch with extra water as we will have lunch at the fire lookout cabin. The views are incredible at the top and along the trail. Approximately 2.5 hours. (For more information call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869).
July 15 – Shannon Lake circumnavigation at 8:30 AM: Meet at Shannon Lake Golf course entrance. Turn right off Hwy 97 on Bartley Rd (near Bylands nursery), then left on Shannon Lake Rd. Drive through the Shannon Lake golf course entrance and immediately park on the right hand side of the parking area. This is a lovely walk through Shannon Lake Golf course, and along the shoreline of Shannon Lake. There are a couple of short hills; and some steps down, otherwise it is mostly flat. (1hr 15 mins) Coffee or lunch at the Shannon Lake golf course restaurant. ( For additional information call Jan Appleton at 778-215-0312. )
July 22 – Knox Mountain Trek at 8:30 AM: Directions: Clement, Clifton Road, left on Rio, right Magic Drive, left on Avonlea Way. Park by the sunken park on Avonlea Way. We will hike to Kathleen Lake and across Knox Mountain. The trek is Approx. 1.75 hours, some moderate hills. Coffee will follow behind IGA on Kane Rd. Bring your lawn chair. Call Ed Letkeman at 250-808-7869 for more information.
July 29 – Okanagan Centre Lake Front at 8:30 AM: Meet at Okanagan Centre Park (address 11255 Okanagan Centre Rd, Lake Country). Travel north on Glenmore Rd. Left onto Seaton/Dick Rd (becomes Chase Rd). Left onto Camp and pass Grey Monk Winery. At the end of Camp turn left onto Okanagan Centre Rd. Travel for 500m and you will see a sign on the left ‘Okanagan Centre Park’ parking area which is where we will park (right next to the little museum). This is a flat 1.5 hour walk. Coffee to follow at the OK Patio Cafe. Contact Henning or Amanda at 250-868-2459 (c) 250-878-2383.
June 3 – Quail Ridge woods walk at 8:30 AM: Take Hwy 97 to Airport Way and turn left. Head to the traffic circle at the end of the road…then right along Quail Ridge Blvd. Left at the stop sign. Left at Quail Run Dr. Right on Quail Lane, left at Quail Cres. …park at the end of road. We will do a loop thru the woods .. Approx 1 – 1/4 hrs. We can do a tailgate coffee at Tim’s next to Nesters , following walk. Leaders: Ken and Deb 778-363-1950.
June 10 – Brand’s Creek Linear Park at 8:30 AM: Head North on Glenmore Rd. and park on the outskirts of the IGA parking Lot on Kane Rd. This is an easy, flat 1.5 hour walk. To follow: Pick up coffee and snack at Tim Hortons, Kane Rd. Bring lawn chairs and gather at the Park behind IGA. Leaders: Henning and Amanda Jacobsen (H) 250-868-2459 (Cell) 250-878-2383.
June 17 – Mission Ridge/ Crawford at 8:30 AM: We will trek from base Mission Ridge at Bullock Road. Meet at the Trail Head – Directions: Gordon Drive south past DeHart, left on Raymer Road, left on Bullock. Park on Bullock and Fredrick off Raymer Road in the Lower Mission. We will have a chit chat on the sand dune over looking the lake for 20 minutes. Bring your water, coffee and a snack. The walk is moderate with some hills. Approx. 1.5 hours. Leader: Ed Letkeman 250-808-7869.
June 24 – Rotary Park at Gellatly Bay at 8:30 AM: Head out on Highway 97 to West Kelowna. Turn left into Gellatly Rd. At the end of Gellatly Rd turn left onto Boucherie Rd and immediately right into a little slip road leading to the parking lot at Rotary Park. This is an easy, flat 1.5 hour walk along the lake to the Gellatly Nut Farm and back. To follow: Bring your own coffee, snack and lawn chairs. We will have coffee together in the park back at the starting point of the hike. Leaders: Henning and Amanda (H) 250-868-2459 (Cell) 250-878-2383.