Located just 17 km (11 miles) south of Kelowna, Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park is an excellent place to spend the day if you're looking to get away from it all and spend a little time communing in nature. With the Okanagan Lake on its western border, the park consists of  over 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of wilderness land that can be explored by foot, bicycle, or horseback (the park is closed to motorized vehicles). A perfect location for backcountry camping trips, there are a number of primitive campsites are available to those traveling on land; there are also six marine campgrounds along the shoreline of the lake for those exploring the area by boat.

Hiking trails in the park range from easy to difficult; which means no matter your ability or level of fitness, there is probably a trail for you to explore. Meandering through grassland meadows, forests, canyons, and mountainsides, hiking along a trail is a great way to spend a relaxing (or challenging) day at the park.

** Note: recent wildfires have caused damage to some trails; check on the condition of trails before proceeding (you can find updated information on the park's website). Also, it is wise to have a trail map with you when you head out into the wilderness, as some signs have not yet been replaced. Take proper precautions when spending time in the wilderness. Be sure that someone on the outside has your itinerary, so that someone knows your general location in case you get into trouble during your trip.