Paddleboarders, kayakers and canoers have a lot to look forward to next month.
Kelowna’s brand new Paddle Trail is set to launch on May 19 with a special grand opening paddle that will draw dozens of non-motorized watercrafts.
The 27-kilometre trail will be a unique way for paddlers to explore Okanagan Lake and visit some of the city’s best beaches and parks.
The Kelowna Paddle Trail is made up of 22 buoys installed from McKinley Beach to Bertram Creek Park.
Buoys include a list of beach accesses along the trail and the distances between each, making it easy for paddlers to stay orientated as they navigate the waterfront.
“The paddle trail is an amazing legacy for our community,” said Mariko Siggers, City of Kelowna community and neighbourhood services manager.
“We were excited to add it into our extensive network of Active by Nature trails to be enjoyed by residents and visitors.”
Paddlers are encouraged to join the flotilla on May 19, which will begin at Hot Sands Beach in City Park (near the tunnel) by 9 a.m.
It will depart immediately after the ribbon cutting ceremony and parade down the lakefront before turning around at Waterfront Park.
“The event will be a celebration of the lake and non-motorized water activities that promote physical activity,” said Siggers.
“It’s a wonderful community-driven event featuring many different organizations that have come together to help educate our city about the great opportunities for fun and safe lake activities.”
Following the flotilla, participants will be welcome to try different paddle sports for free, watch races and demonstrations and learn about water safety until noon in City Park.