Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park
From Little White to East Kelowna, including the Kettle Valley Railway
Myra-Bellevue Provincial Park was established to provide increased representation of the North Okanagan Basin and North Okanagan Highlands ecosections by capturing the full elevational range from the outskirts of Kelowna eastward to the crest of the mountains. The park has a large exclusion in the centre that locals refer to as the “donut.” This excluded area is Crown Land under Forest Tenure licences.
Features such as the dramatic escarpment of Little White Mountain, the scenic Myra Canyon, a number of existing trails and the historic Kettle Valley Railway, with its trestles and tunnels, have provincial recreational appeal and provide long term recreational opportunities for the increasing Okanagan Valley population
How To Get ThereThere is a parking lot at the main entrance that is wheelchair accessible, dog-friendly, and features a public washroom.
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The provincial park contains myriad reminders of the Okanagan Valley’s rich history.
The area protects spectacular Myra Canyon, one of the most scenic sections of the historic Kettle Valley Railway that offers breathtaking views of the Okanagan Valley. In a section just 8.8km long, there are 16 wood-frame trestles, two steel bridges, two tunnels and historic railway sidings, all of provincial significance. Construction camps were located uphill from the railway bed and several small historic items such as “rock ovens” used by Italian stonemasons working on the line, the remains of historic irrigation flumes and telephone lines, water towers, train wreck sites and old station sites also highlight the area.
One of the parking lots is located at the site of the Myra Station which was named for Myra Newman, the daughter of a KVR engineer. All that remains of the house, passing tracks, sidings and elaborate staging structure for loading logs onto flatcars are the foundations of an electrical services shed. The other parking area is near the remains of Ruth Station which was named after one of Andrew McCulloch’s daughters.
The Crawford Trail was constructed at the turn of the century to provide irrigation access to Crawford Lake and, later, to pack supplies to the Little White Mountain lookout. The 1913 trail was the original telephone trail up to Little White Mountain. The Okanagan Highland Trail is also protected. The summit of Little White Mountain has an old forest service lookout built in 1914 by Dominion Forest Service. The land was traditionally used by Okanagan First Nations people and there is a kekuli site in the protected area.