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Hiking the McDougall Rim in Westbank, BC

Hiking the McDougall Rim in Westbank, BC.Hiking up the McDougall Rim Trail with David and Iain

 

             This past September when we visited my sons in Kelowna and Westbank, we hiked up the McDougall Rim trail where much of the forest fires had raged in late summer.

                                                                                                                                                                            The trails are very rocky and dry and one could see how easily fire could have started in the tinder dry forests of the mountainsides.Iain on Cliff on McDougall Rim




                                                                                                                                            The trail traverses over the McDougall Rim of the mountains surrounding the Okanagan Valley. In the picture above, my son Iain is standing on a cliff that looks out over the valley.
 of Okanagan Valley from the McDougall Rim Trail

                                  The view from the top is incredible with the beautiful blue Lake Okanagan stretching out below and the new floating bridge which joins Westbank to Kelowna seems small in the distance.

                                                                                                                                                                                          The incredible beauty of Kelowna is very evident from the top of the trail with a sandy ribbon of beach following the coast of the city.Beachfront along the shores of Kelowna

Remnants of the fire are clearly evident on one side of the trail where all that's left of the forest are blackened stumps rising from the dusty soil and rock.Charred Remnants of the Westbank Fires

                                      We had a beautiful afternoon hiking and I'm looking forward to hiking the trail again next year.

 

©2009JoSmith

 


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Comment balloon 15 commentsJo-Anne Smith • December 22 2009 02:33PM
Hiking the McDougall Rim in Westbank, BC
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Hiking the McDougall Rim in Westbank, B C. This past September when we visited my sons in Kelowna and Westbank we hiked up the McDougall Rim trail where much of the forest fires had raged in late summer. … more