Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park and Protected Area
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
- July 24, 2018: Unstable road surface on the Kettle Valley Railway
Due to slope failure, a section of road surface on the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) between the Ruth Station Parking lot and the Bellevue Trestle is unstable (use at your own risk), avoid use when it is raining or water is pooling on the surface. Check Recreation Sites & Trails for more information.
This does not affect the Myra Canyon Trestle portion of the KVR trail in the park.
April 30, 2018: Planned 10 year maintenance of the Myra Canyon Trail beginning on May 1
BC Parks is implementing our planned 10 year maintenance of the Myra Canyon Trestles Trail near Kelowna, BC. This is beginning May 1, 2018 and will end in the fall of 2018. The work includes inspections, rock scaling and structural repairs to various trestles, as required. Visitors should expect limited access, such as delays and closures in the work site area while workers are working above the trail or on the trestles. In some locations, a bypass trail route will be available. This trail will be well marked, however, traction and slope on these trails will be challenging and not suited for bicycles and strollers. More information and a schedule will be posted as it becomes available. Work is scheduled to be completed on weekdays and to avoid weekends and holidays, unless circumstances prevent this.
BC Parks apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause.
- Please Note: Thieves regularly target vehicles in the Myra and Ruth Station parking lots. Please protect yourself by not leaving any valuables in your vehicle. Please report any suspicious activity to the RCMP.
About This Park
Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park was established to provide increased representation of the North Okanagan Basin and North Okanagan Highlands ecosections by capturing the full elevational range from the outskirts of Kelowna eastward to the crest of the mountains. The park has a large exclusion in the centre that locals refer to as the “donut.” This excluded area is Crown Land under Forest Tenure licences.
Features such as the dramatic escarpment of Little White Mountain, the scenic Myra Canyon, a number or existing trails and the historic Kettle Valley Railway, with its trestles and tunnels, have provincial recreational appeal and provide long term recreational opportunities for the increasing Okanagan Valley population.
The KLO Creek (Myra) Canyon, Bellevue Creek corridor and the Kettle Valley Railway are special features with special character, fragility and heritage values. Angel Springs has mineral deposits with pools, steps, sink holes and small caves.
Established Date: April 18, 2001
Size: Park – 7,677 hectares; Protected Area – 52 hectares
The park is open year-round with services from mid-April to November 15.
Know Before You Go
- There are natural hazards along the trail including steep drop-offs at Crawford Falls and Devil’s Elbow, and falling rock. Use caution and keep children under adult supervision.
- Use of mountain bike stunt features is not recommended and they are not endorsed by BC Parks.
Wildfires from 2003 have produced many hazards in the area. You should be aware of these hazards and the increased risk of injury prior to entering the area. The hazards include: unstable trees, holes and loose rock. The hazards have been reduced along the main trail system.
Travel off the main trail system has an increased level of risk. If you choose to enter this burnt area, you can reduce your risk by:
- Remaining on the main trail network;
- Waiting for favourable weather;
- LOWEST RISK = calm wind conditions with no rain or snowfall
- HIGHEST RISK = windy conditions with rain or snowfall
- Travel quickly to reduce your exposure time;
- Spread your group out to reduce risk of multiple casualties;
- Stop or camp in open flat areas at least one tree length from standing trees;
- Travel carefully, contact with roots or trees may cause a tree to fall;
- Avoid steep slopes – falling trees and loose rocks may slide downhill; and,
- If trees are actively falling, leave the area or take shelter.
- Little White Trail (from Bypass Trail at Pooley Creek to Upper Crawford Trail) is not maintained and closed.
- Some construction activities are planned on the Kettle Valley Railway within Myra-Bellevue Park but no significant trail closures are expected.
- The Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railroad (KVR) is very busy in the summer and used by a variety of groups including hikers, mountain bikers, horses and vehicles accessing parking. Please respect other users. Mountain bikers are asked to yield to hikers and horses.
- In order to meet budget targets, trail maintenance has been reduced on all trails in Myra Bellevue Provincial Park. Although these trails remain open, users may encounter fallen trees and/or trail wash-outs.
- Motorized vehicles are prohibited on the Myra Canyon section of the KVR and within the park.
- Do not deposit garbage in the pit toilets.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
The protected area is southeast of Kelowna. It roughly encompasses KLO Creek to Bellevue Creek and up to Saucier Creek and Canyon Lake with a large exclusion in the centre that locals refer to as the “donut.” The upper portions of Pooley Creek are also excluded. There are two accesses off of McCulloch Road.
Myra (the main access)
Follow McCulloch Road past the golf course to the Myra Forest Service Road. Use caution since this section of paved road is narrow with blind corners. Once on the forest service road, follow it for 8 km to the large parking area. The road is gravel and can be rough. The gravel parking area is divided into two lots with a total of roughly 75 spots and lots of room to turn around. There are two pit toilets here, one of which is wheelchair accessible. There is no parking beyond this point. Motorized vehicles are prohibited past this access to Myra Canyon.
The other access is via the paved June Springs Road. Follow it for 6 km to the Little White Forest Service Road. Follow the unpaved forest service road for 4.5 km to the parking area. This road is also rough and passes through private property. There is a gravel parking area for roughly 33 vehicles and one pit toilet above the parking lot. Further along the rail bed there is more parking. At kilometre 1 there are two narrow pullouts, with 11 spots and 21 spots, and two pit toilets. There is no parking beyond this point. Motorized vehicles are prohibited past this access to Myra Canyon. Use extreme caution when driving around hikers and bikers on the road in.
Stewart Road East
This road accesses the lower elevation portion of the protected area popular with mountain bikers. It is unique in that it is so close to the urban area of Kelowna. In Kelowna, follow Benvoulin Road to Casorso Road to Bedford Road to Stewart Road East and the parking lot where there are two pit toilets.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
PartnershipsThe Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society assists BC Parks in the maintenance and management of the Myra Canyon section of the Kettle Valley Railway.
Activities Available at this Park
The historic Kettle Valley Railway offers opportunities for cycling. Cyclists are reminded to walk their bikes across the trestles and be courteous to other users on the trail. The lower elevation portion of the protected area between KLO Creek and Bellevue Creek is popular with the local mountain bike club with many trails of varying difficulty. Trails do not meet BC Parks’ standards.
Bike rentals, concessions and tours are available at the Myra Station parking lot through Myra Canyon Bicycle Rentals, and shuttle services and bicycle/hiking tours are offered with Monashee Adventure Tours. Mountain bikers are asked to yield to hikers and horses.
Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.
- Due to the recent classification of the land base as a protected area, there are limited facilities and no maps of hiking trails (which may not meet BC Parks’ standards) available.
- A detailed map of trails for the lower region of Myra Bellevue Provincial Park has been produced for purchase by Friends of the South Slopes (FOSS).
Myra-Bellevue is open to hunting. Check the BC Hunting & Trapping Regulations Synopsis for further details.
Note: There is a large population base using the Crawford Trails network, and hunters are urged to be cautious when hunting in this location.