Spring has Sprung

Well, it has been a long, cold, and snowy winter, followed by a late, cool, and wet spring! But it does look more spring-like in the valley bottom now, with lots of fresh green and spring blossoms popping up everywhere. Cyclists and hikers are itching to get moving, and many are looking forward to heading up to the Myra Canyon.

The Myra Canyon Trestles, at an altitude of 1430 m (915m above Kelowna), is still experiencing early spring weather. Melting water is running and puddling on the trail, snow is still lurking, especially in shady spots, and mud/rock slides or fallen trees could be impeding the trail.

With the late spring, members of our Society have been unable to access the route to inspect the trail and begin spring maintenance. We hope to do so within the next couple of weeks and will update the website as soon as that inspection is complete.

So anyone wanting to visit should be cautious and prepare for the conditions and the weather. Temperatures are usually several degrees cooler than downtown, especially in the mornings and evenings. And rainclouds love to dump their moisture up there!

While on the topic of visitors to the trestles, we would like to remind everyone that this is both a hiking and cycling trail. No motorized vehicles are allowed on the trail except for physically disabled folks’ powered chairs/scooters.

Cyclists are reminded to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at all times. They may not hear you coming when cycling up behind them, so please ring your bicycle bell or verbally warn them that you are there.

When cycling across the trestles please walk your bikes past other bicyclists and pedestrians. Our visitors have varying degrees of cycling skills and we don’t want anyone getting hurt. The deck is too narrow for safe passing. Both cyclists and pedestrians have been injured when going off the decking and slipping between the ties.

We want everyone to have a great time. So please show courtesy to all your fellow visitors.

And don’t forget to bring your leashed doggies with you. They love to go walking too! But you must clean up after them and bring all garbage home for disposal.

Finally, have a great time. The Myra Canyon is a special place, and smiling faces are the norm up here!