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Fuel Modification Project Continues

As crew members are available, BC Wildfire Management is continuing a fire hazard fuel modification project in a section of Rose Valley Regional Park, above Bear Creek Road.  Please watch for crews working and obey any trail closures.  View News Release and Project Area Map

Rose Valley Regional Park is 250-hectares of land left in its natural state and  for conservation of the unique Okanagan ecosystems within.

Features:

  • Conservation Area encompassing a natural pond
  • Ponderosa pine/Douglas fir forest
  • Grasslands with rocky outcroppings
  • Rose Valley Reservoir
  • Beautiful views of Okanagan Lake
  • Natural hiking trails throughout this unique ecosystem
  • Washroom - at south Westlake Road parking area (near Starlight Crescent) open spring to fall

Things to Do:

Hiking the extensive trail system is the most popular activity within the park but the park also provides excellent locations for naturalist activities such as bird watching (especially around Goldie's Pond) or on the grassland plateau.  Ensure you have appropriate clothing, footwear and equipment for hiking the trails.

Regional Parks Interpretive Programs are available by donation for school and community groups who'd like to learn about our local environment and cultural history.

History

Rose Valley is a human made reservoir. During de-glaciation, large amounts of water flowed down the valley around a stagnant piece of ice occupying Okanagan Lake. Rose Valley is a melt water channel formed during this time. Gravel pits located on the Westside are said to be evidence of this flow of melt water.

The cliffs of Rose Valley are volcanic and the caves on the west side of the lake are thought to be large air bubbles in the lava.

General Information:

Dogs must be kept on a leash within park boundaries and owners should clean up after their pets.

Motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trails.

Overnight camping, open fires and smoking are not permitted.

The park is open during daylight hours year round.

Help protect park vegetation and wildlife by using only designated trails. 'Leave only footprints and take only pictures'.

Public Notice:  While bodies of water in Regional Parks are not managed by Regional Parks Services, park patrons are encouraged to educate themselves on proper water and winter ice safety while in Regional Parks.  Park visitors may wish to consider visiting the BC and Yukon Lifesaving Society or Canadian Red Cross websites for safety information.

Bears may be active in this park.  Please be bear aware when in this park.   Safety Guide to Bears in the Wild

During the fall 2011 and winter 2012 fire hazard reduction and fuel modification work was conducted on a 50-hectare section of Rose Valley Regional Park adjacent to Rose Valley Properties, Westlake Road, West Kelowna Road and McPhail Court.  This work was funded with a grant from the UBCM Strategic Wildfire Prevention Initiative.  Project Map.

View Video on the Fuel Modification Project

Directions:

The main access to the park is from Westlake Road near the pond and Rose Valley Elementary School.  There is a small parking area to the south of the pond and across from the West Kelowna fire hall.

A new larger gated parking area is available in Spring, Summer and Fall (closed during winter months) at Westlake Road and Starlight Crescent. (View Photos and News Release) This parking area is closed each evening and opened each morning. Vehicles left in the lot after closing are subject to the Regional Parks Regulation Bylaw No. 1105 section 16 (15). After hours vehicle access and towing policy posted at lot entrance.

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