The Fenwick Trailhead is a local favourite and is a well used trail, popular with hikers and mountain bikers. It is part of the Trans Canada Trail and at points along the trail you can see the KVR tracks used by the Kettle Valley Steam Railway.
There is no actual parking lot, as the trail starts at the end of Fyffe Rd, so depending on what season you arrive you may or may not have to park down the street. The Trans Canada Trail Society has a very large and helpful sign at the entrance letting you know about the surrounding trails, locations of trestles, tunnels and more so be sure to check that out once you get there. Leashed dogs are acceptable and there is a dog baggy dispenser and the one garbage can at the entrance to this trail.
As you start your hike you will pass a few driveways on the left, you’ll then start walking your way up a few smaller hills before the trail starts to wind around to the right and you can see parts of the KVR tracks below you.
As you move further down the trail you’ll get a great view of Prairie Valley and you can see the town of Summerland in the distance. We had hiked this trail in the middle of summer and even with the temperature reaching up to 35 degrees C, with the slight breeze and the shade coverage, it was a manageable mid Summer hike. As with any hiking in the hot Okanagan in the middle of Summer, be sure you plan accordingly and bring lots of water.
At approximately 30 minutes into the hike the trail will open up a bit and here you can read more about the history of the trail and of Summerland’s beginnings as George Barclay’s cattle ranch in 1901, enjoy a lunch of a picnic table or enjoy the view in the gazebo that overlooks Prairie Valley. There is an outdoor facility here however be sure to bring your own paper towel just incase!
This trail also has a couple forks along the way so you may continue up through some steeper inclines to get closer to the top of the mountain. This is Mount Conkle and of course the higher up you go, the more spectacular the view is!
Like many trails in the dry Okanagan you’ll need to be careful of cactus! These prickly little beasts lie just off the trail and are scattered throughout the landscape.
At some points you’ll catch glimpses of the Kettle Valley Steam Railway that is in use year round and during the summer months you may even see the Garnet Valley Gang heading off for another one of their famous Great Train Robberies!
This is our most recent hike on the Fenwick Trail on Feb 14, 2016. It’s usually colder in the Okanagan and we usually have more snow but our 2015/2016 season was called the El Niño winter as it was a warm one! I would suggest using shoe spikes for an easier walk along this trail as some part are pretty slippery.
The Trail Scoop:
Trail difficulty: Easy
Garbage bins: One at the beginning
Bathroom facilities: An outhouse 20 min into the walk by the gazebo
Dog Friendly: Yes – On leash
Directions to the Fenwick Trailhead
If your coming off the highway from Kelowna: You’ll need to turn right onto Rosedale Ave (it is one of the first intersections you come across in Summerland coming from Kelowna), you’ll then follow this road passing the Summerland Middle School, going straight through the first of three round abouts, then passing the Summerland High School, going straight through another round about onto Prairie Valley Rd, head up the hill, through the last round about and turn left onto Victoria Road South. Follow this road all the way passed the industrial area of Summerland. Just past the Affordable Storage Centre you’ll turn right over the train tracks onto Simpson Rd. Take your next right onto Fyffe Rd and follow that road all the way up, turning left onto Fenwick Rd. At the end of Fenwick Rd will be the entrance to the trail.
If your coming off the highway from Penticton: You’ll need to turn left onto Prairie Valley Rd (it is the first intersection coming from Penticton), follow this road up until you get the the first of two round abouts and turns left to stay on Prarie Valley Rd. Head up the hill, through the last round about and turn left onto Victoria Road South. Follow this road all the way passed the industrial area of Summerland. Just past the Affordable Storage Centre you’ll turn right over the train tracks onto Simpson Rd. Take your next right onto Fyffe Rd and follow that road all the way up, turning left onto Fenwick Rd. At the end of Fenwick Rd will be the entrance to the trail.