From Manning Park to the Monashee Mountains; from the Canada – US border to the Shuswap; it is all here..

A Guide to Backroads and Hiking Trails in BC’s Okanagan-Similkameen Region

by Judie Steeves and Murphy Shewchuk.
Cover photograph by Judie Steeves.

If you’re looking for a quiet drive in the mountains; a remote fishing camp; a Sunday walk in the woods; a stroll in the heart of the city; a place to camp, hike, ski or cycle; Okanagan Trips & Trails is the guidebook for you.

Okanagan Trips & Trails presents detailed information on more than 50 back country trips and recreational trails in the Similkameen, Okanagan Valley, and South Shuswap regions. Travel through the Pasayten Wilderness and Cathedral Park in the southern interior of B.C., north through the scenic Okanagan Valley to Mabel Lake, fishing, cycling, hiking, camping and enjoying the wildlife native to each area along the way.

“Warnings about the dangers of rattlesnakes, water-borne intestinal cysts and military munitions ‘still working their way to the surface’ could make Judy Steeves’ and Murphy Shewchuk’s guide to backroads and hiking trails in the province’s Okanagan-Similkameen region one of the more truthful (and certainly practical) handbooks around.”
Mike Steele The Write Stuff

Your guides are two award-winning outdoors writers: Judie Steeves grew up in the Okanagan, and now lives in Peachland writing a weekly outdoors column, while Merritt-based Murphy Shewchuk has 30 years of experience exploring the backroads of B.C.

Of particular interest are the bicycling opportunities on the former Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) from Rock Creek to Princeton via the famous Myra Canyon, high above Kelowna. Also covered are the wilderness trails in Okanagan Mountain Park and Cathedral Provincial Park as well as sections of the Centennial Trail through southwest BC.

With a four-color cover and and numerous black and white photographs and maps inside, Okanagan Trips & Trails can be an excellent gift as well as an important reference for both visitors and residents.

36 maps, 55 photos, index & bibliography. 224 pages 6″ x 9″ lay-flat paperback.   ISBN 0-929069-12-9 $18.95


About the Authors

Judie Steeves writes a weekly outdoors column called Trail Mix for the Kelowna Capital News. In 1998 she received the environment minister’s award and placed first in the B.C. and Yukon Community Newspapers’ Association annual awards for her outdoors writing.

She grew up roaming the hills of the Okanagan, fishing, hiking and camping, then embarked on a 30 year career in journalism.

Murphy Shewchuk is an award-winning author and photographer with 10 books to his credit. He has been a contributor and field editor for BC Outdoors magazine for 25 years. His articles and photographs have appeared in a wide variety of publications including Canadian GeographicNature Canada and Beautiful British Columbia magazines. He has also been an outdoor columnist for the Kamloops SentinelOkanagan Sunday magazine and the Merritt Herald.