ABOUT GIANT'S HEAD MOUNTAIN
The above picture is taken from atop Giant's Head Mountain. This local landmark can be seen from just about everywhere as it risies 400m (1300') above the centre of town.
From the Tourism Summerland Website:
'Towering 500 metres above Okanagan Lake, Giant’s Head Mountain was formed when an ancient eruption shattered the original volcano, catapulting lava bombs across the prehistoric landscape. Named for the face-like profile carved into it by glaciers, the summit of Giant’s Head Mountain is accessible by a switchback road. Parking is available near the summit.'
'Stand at the peak of this ancient, volcanic dome and enjoy the 360 degree panoramic views. Look north over the picturesque town of Summerland and east to the green and gold ridges of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park. Gaze south for a unique perspective on the Trout Creek canyon, vineyards and orchards. Complete the circle by looking west to Prairie Valley, perhaps stealing a glimpse of our historic steam train.'
'To get to the summit, park in the lot provided near the top and take either of the two trails, both of which are only a 10-15 minute walk. You also have the choice of hiking the entire way from the trailhead on Milne Road. There are viewing benches along the way and a picnic area and washrooms in the parking area at the top. Please keep in mind that the park gates are closed overnight.'
For a map, directions and pictures visit the Map Guide page for Giants Head Mountain or take the Virtual Tour.
From the District of Summerland Website:
'Giant’s Head Mountain, one of Summerland’s most familiar landmarks, can be seen from every location within the community. The Giant’s Head is a core remnant of a volcano.'
'As you approach the southeast face of Giant’s Head Mountain you’ll see a man’s profile surveying the community that has made him a focal point for more than 100 years! The Giant appears on the Municipality’s Coat of Arms accompanied by the motto “A Giant in Stature.” For Canada’s Centennial in 1967, a community effort created Giant’s Head Park and upon completion, the Park was touted as “one of Canada’s most imaginative centennial projects.” A long and winding road leads to a picnic area and washroom facilities. From there, two paths cut to the top, one steep path called Confederation Trail and one more winding and gradual, called Centennial Trail.'
'The Summerland Trail, heads to the north and offers spectacular views of the lake and town site. The summit, which is 2,771 feet (845 meters) above sea level, is home to a huge granite boulder set in concrete that holds a time capsule to be re-opened in 2067. Along the summit’s perimeter a 360-degree panorama awaits. Take a look at points of interest through various viewing tubes.'
'You can gain access to the park from Giant's Head Road at Milne Road. Iron gates mark the entrance. You can park there and begin your hike or drive up to the parking area, one kilometer from the summit.'
Giants Head Mountain