Description Of This Tour
This hike is in the new Johns Family Nature Conservancy Regional Park, located adjacent to Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. Established in April 2013, the entire park was burned during the scorching 2003 Okanagan Mountain Forest Fire. Flora is rebounding, and views of the Okanagan Lake are spectacular. Most of the area is classed as a Conservation Park restricted to those holding an access permit. Casual visitors will readily see the ability of nature to heal itself after a catastrophic fire with a tremendous growth of vegetation and will learn how wildlife exploits this growth. The group will be led by Regional Park interpreters and Central Okanagan Land Trust Naturalists. Typically in May over 60 bird species are observed and many flower species are in bloom. Mammals are common including ground squirrels, marmots, two species of deer, and maybe black bears or elk!