We had the chance to enjoy a beautiful early spring day with sunshine and chose to walk 3km on the Paul’s Tomb trail.
Paul’s Tomb Trail is a very popular spot for the locals and on this particular Saturday afternoon many people joined us on this wide well maintained trail. We entered by the Poplar Point entrance but you can also reach this trail a few other ways, depending on the time of day and the level of difficulty your looking for, you can find at the bottom of this post. This is a very easy trail walk with a few small hills, you’ll walk along and at some points have the mountain cliff side to the right and an amazing lake views to your left. This is a dog friendly on-leash trail, be conscious of your dogs manners and pick up after them to be sure we can continue to allow other canine friends to enjoy this walk.
There are many great spots to stop to take some great photos of the surrounding area but one of my most favourites is at the end when it opens up. Upon reaching the tomb (it will be on the right) you can head down to the left towards the water and there are some great spots to sit and take photos, climb down (if your bold and it’s safe to do so – as I did in this photo) or continue around closer to the waters edge you’ll find a flat rock landing you can enjoy a picnic.
There is a sweet surprise for you at the end! Be sure to bring your bathing suit and jump into the lake upon your arrival as there is beach access for you and your pooch. This trail has it all! Views, history, dog friendly & swimming!
The story of Rembler Paul
As I walked down this trail, I wondered why it was called Paul’s Tomb. I did some searching online and came across this article written by J.P. Squire that helped answer my question. Rembler Paul was born in Montreal in 1832, and moved to Kelowna in 1905 after many different career paths across the country. Upon his arrival in the town, he purchased eight acres of land north of Bernard Avenue and lived in town. He later built a summer cottage in the flat area of Paul’s Tomb. Towards the end of his life, he had a tomb built for his family. Only he and his wife are kept there, and the tomb’s exterior was filled in to protect it from vandals. All you can see now of the tomb is the top few feet of the doorway where “AD 1910” has been inscribed. Read more about Rembler Paul in this well written article on the Kelowna Daily Courier.
The Trail Scoop:
Trail difficulty: Easy
Garbage bins: A few points along the trail
Bathroom facilities: Only in the Spring/Summer seasons
Dog Friendly: Yes – On leash
Direction to Paul’s Tomb
Directions from Harvey Ave to Poplar Point Entrance: Turn onto Ellis St, follow it down through parts of town until it starts to clear out a bit and your in the park. Turn left on Poplar Point Dr continue on this road for a few minutes along the waters edge. You can either continue on Poplar Point Dr and park here somewhere near the entrance or continue up and turn left onto Herbert Heights Rd and park here. There isn’t a designated parking lot but a street where you can park your vehicle, you are pretty close to the Poplar Point entrance.
Directions from Harvey Ave to the very beginning of Paul’s Tomb Trail: Turn onto Ellis St, follow it down through parts of town until it starts to clear out a bit and your in the park. Continue onto Knox Mountain Drive. You can choose to park your car here (at the first parking lot) and continue on footer to the Apex Trail that winds itself up the mountain side, connects with Knox Mountain Drive again and begins the Paul’s Tomb trail. Level of difficulty is unknown to us as we haven’t traveled this way yet.
Directions from Harvey Ave to Crown Lookout Trail: Turn onto Ellis St, follow it down through parts of town until it starts to clear out a bit and your in the park. Continue onto Knox Mountain Drive and follow this road all the way up the windy mountain, there are several forks in the path but they all eventually lead to the top. Once arriving at the top, you can either take the Apex Trail down to the beginning of Paul’s Tomb Trail or take the Pavillion Trail over, turning left on the Gordon Trail and following it down the mountain reaching close to the end of Paul’s Tomb Trail where you can finish it off, turn around and walk back the rest of the Paul’s Tomb Trail to Apex Trail and back up. Level of difficulty is unknown to us as we haven’t traveled this way yet.