Hiking Mt. Boucherie Volcano in Kelowna, British Columbia
Mt. Boucherie is a very popular hiking trail in West Kelowna, British Columbia, where hikers get to scale an ancient volcano. Located across the Kelowna bridge, Mt. Boucherie is easy to spots as it juts up from the ground in the middle of it’s flatter surroundings and you get a sense of how steep it’s cliffs are from the highway as you head south. It is a fairly quick hike with a few rather challenging spots and takes around an hour depending on the hiker. With it’s killer views, short hike times and proximity to town Mt. Boucherie makes the perfect day hike. It is also a winery hot spot and with it’s rich geological history it provides a perfect blend of volcanic nutrients needed to produce some of the world’s most excellent wines. Here is our experience “Hiking Mt.Boucherie Volcano in Kelowna, British Columbia”.
Upon arriving at the trail head parking lot you will be greeted with a few interesting tidbits, as well as some of the wildlife you may encounter including the ever dangerous Rattlesnake.
Right off the bat you will be feeling the burn as you head up a steep incline.
Around half way up the mountain you will come across this peaceful little oasis, which provides drinking water for the animals who reside on the dry mountain. (Can you spot the deer, perfectly blended into the background?)
Around three quarters of the way up the hill you will be given two options, one heads to the left and one goes straight up and forces you to use all fours. Of course we chose to go straight up, this isn’t unexploratoryglory.com, now is it?
I’m not to sure why they don’t have a warning about these prickly little devils that will penetrate almost any footwear. These Cacti are certainly annoying, but it’s also pretty neat to see how nature provided an ingenious way of propagating for these plants by enabling them to piggyback on animals passing by. They are not east to pull out as they have small barbs that help them embed themselves into a surface, so removing them is a bit tricky.
Once you reach the top you will find these neat Inuksuk, which is a man-made stone landmark or cairn, originally built for use by the Inuit and other indigenous peoples of the Arctic region of North America. Now many people have mimicked the style and you will see these all over Canada.
You will get a view overlooking a large section of the city of Kelowna. The city itself has a population of around 200,000 and is the largest city north of the metro Vancouver area. Kelowna has a lot to offer visitors boasting many activities throughout the year, which in turn brings around 2 million tourists per year to the area.
This has nothing to do with the hike, except that we saw it while hiking the trail. “Nature is a cruel bitch”, as they say.
This is a view looking south towards Peachland, which is another beautiful spot in the Okanagan Valley.
After the hike we decided to take the long way around and drive back to Vernon using Carr’s Landing Road, which takes you on a scenic drive along Okanagan Lake. As you make your way along the lake you will see many beaches as well as orchards and wineries. There is a small village that has two restaurants that are open only in the summers months.
Once we got home we enjoyed some of that famous Mt. Boucherie wine we had picked up after our lovely hike.
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