Mission Greenway/Gallagher’s Canyon
(Great family ride right in town for less experienced or recreational riders)
The Mission Creek Greenway runs along Mission Creek in Kelowna from Okanagan Lake all the way up into the Gallagher’s Canyon area. Riding the section from the Mission Creek Park entrance up to the canyon is the most scenic route. If driving, park your vehicle at the Mission Creek Park entrance on Springfield road between Dilworth Drive and Leckie Rd. Ride onto the greenway path just in past the parking area and head to the left (southeast). You will have to bypass one block of housing by coming off the greenway onto a side street then cutting back into the greenway right after. This section is almost immediately at the beginning of the path, but there are no further interruptions from this point on. Signage will guide you as you approach this bypass.
This section of the Greenway starts out as a wide pathway flowing along the creek side and occasionally narrows into singletrack as it winds its way along the creek up into Myra Canyon. Riders will enjoy the great scenery including Mission Creek, the Myra Canyon walls, old growth trees (further up the canyon) and views of Layercake Mountain, a unique geological formation found nowhere else in the world. This section of the trail is relatively new so it is very well built and follows a great route with wooden bridges crossing Mission creek from side to side throughout the ride. The whole section can be ridden in about an hour and half to two hours depending on your desired pace. This is a great family ride or a great ride to do alone for some quality, peaceful time away. The trail is an easy ride in most areas with the exception of some steeper climbs that bypass heavily eroded lower creek-side trials no longer open for public use. Most riders will need to push their bike up the main bypass trail as it is quite loose and steep. Once at this location (just off of the last bridge crossing) riders can choose to ride back or continue on the trail above this bypass as it heads further up into Gallagher’s Canyon and Scenic Canyon Regional Park.
The Mission Creek Park and the entire Greenway trail is mapped on map boards in the park entrance and all along the trail as well. Kilometer markers can be found all along the trail so you can gauge how far you have come and how far it is to get back to your vehicle. Just drop by the park entrance and have a look.