Join the celebration on May 19 for the grand opening of the Kelowna Paddle Trail. Everyone is encouraged to participate in Kelowna’s largest floatilla (water parade) by bringing their own non-motorized water craft. Participants will meet at City Park, Hot Sands Beach near the tunnel under the bridge before 9am. The floatilla will depart following the ribbon cutting ceremony and parade down the water front before turning around at Waterfront Park and returning to City Park.
Event goers will also have the opportunity to try different paddle sports for free, watch races and demonstrations, and learn about water safety.
While the event is free to attend and participate in, food items for the Central Okanagan Food Bank are greatly appreciated and will be accepted on site.
Celebrate Kelowna's new 27km Paddle Trail, a new 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.”
The event is hosted by the City of Kelowna in partnership with Kelowna Dragon Boat Club, Central Okanagan Regional District, Kelowna Canoe & Kayak Club, CRIS Adaptive Adventures, Okanagan Dragon Boat Racing Club, Bust 'N Loose - Kelowna Breast Cancer Paddling Team, Kelowna Rowing Club and the Kelowna Paddle Centre.