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Racers ready to speed up Kelowna’s Knox Mountain on Victoria Day weekend

Much of Knox Mountain will be closed to the public from Thursday, May 16-Monday, May 20 due to the 65th Knox Mountain Hill Climb
The 64th annual Knox Mountain Hill Climb took place in Kelowna over the Victoria Day weekend. (Jordy Cunningham/Capital News)

Kelowna is ready for speedy racers and risk-takers as this weekend is the 65th Knox Mountain Hill Climb.

The motorsport racing event is expected to welcome racers from all over the world. This is the longest running paved hill climb racing event in North America at 3.5 kilometres and climbs 800 feet, featuring narrow and sharp turns.

During the event, racers participate in time trials as they race up the hill. Last year, the fastest racers were under two minutes. The course record, which also took place last year, is 1:34.903, held by Aran Cook from Edmonton, Alberta.

Because of this event, the base of Knox Mountain, Crown Lookout and Knox Mountain Drive will be closed to the public other than ticket holders starting on Thursday, May 16 until Monday, May 20. The closure starts at 12 p.m. on Thursday as set-up starts. The park will remain open to visitors but parking restrictions will be in effect:

  • Main parking area: closed from Friday, May 17 until Monday, May 20.
  • Poplar Point Drive parking area: closed from Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. until Monday, May 20 at noon.
  • North side of Broadway Avenue: parking restrictions in effect from Thursday, May 16 at 5 p.m. until Monday, May 20.

Additionally, the disc golf course and the dog park will be closed as well.

More information about the event can be found at

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Jordy Cunningham

About the Author: Jordy Cunningham

Hailing from Ladner, B.C., I have been passionate about sports, especially baseball, since I was young. In 2018, I graduated from Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops with a Bachelor of Journalism degree
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