Parts of the Gellatly Walkway have already been washed out and that has prompted the City of West Kelowna to close the entire walkway to the public at this time.—Image credit: David Ogilvie

Flooding closes West Kelowna Gellatly Walkway

Popular waterfront walkway under water in some parts due to rising lake level.

The City of West Kelowna says in the interest of public safety it has closed the Gellatly Walkway along the shore of Gellatly Bay due to the historically-high Okanagan Lake level.

The indefinite closure follows an announcement last week that part of the walkway, near the old CNR Wharf was closed due to high water levels in the lake. The wharf remains open at this time.

According to the city, portions of the waterfront walkway have washed out, making it unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists.

The city says it will continue to monitor the walkway and the impacts of increasing lake levels and will begin restoration of the popular amenity once lake levels subside.

Meanwhile, the city’s two boat launches, at Gellatly Bay and Casa Loma, remain closed and residents and visitors are reminded not to tamper with barricades or flood protection installations.