Okanagan Parks and Places

The British Columbia Tourism Website Network and FROG Internet have prepared and documented our experiences, knowledge and much of our current ongoing research about the park and trail systems available to explore while visiting the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada.

The National, Provincial, Regional and municipal Wilderness Parks located in the Okanagan Valley are visited by millions every year. The local communities and governments have developed a legacy of parks proudly preserved for generations so all will enjoy the therapeutic qualities a protected and well establish park system can provide.

Many of the listed parks are popular destinations for the avid outdoor person. Hiking, backpacking, caving, mountain climbing, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, water skiing, snow skiing, horseback riding and swimming are just some of the activities enjoyed while visiting many of the Okanagan Valley parks.

The scenery, the diverse eco systems and the climate draw photographers, writers and artists to the region. Many arrive with lens or canvas seeking an ideal moment in the wild and capturing that special moment for all to share.

Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park

The Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park is one of the larger parks of the area best accessed from the community of Naramata, BC at the park's southern trail entry point or from Kelowna to the north. The park is filled with wilderness campsites lining the shores accesses by boat and covers over 11,000 hectares.

South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area

The South Okanagan Grasslands Protected Area near Osoyoos protects the dry grasslands and open forests which is one of the four most endangered ecosystems in Canada. Chopaka East and Chopaka West, Mt. Kobau and Kilpoolaand Mountains are all known Canadian sites under protection because the lands are home to at least three endangered plant species and many endangered animals including birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians.

Wildlife Viewing

To venture out and explore any of the Okanagan Valley parks and trails is a must adventure while staying in the Okanagan Valley. These parks are also home to wildlife so there are many opportunities to view Black Bears, owls, falcons, hawks, mountain goats, moose, wapiti, Great Blue Heron, swans, Grizzly Bear, wolverine, badger and so much more.

Kaleden

Kaleden Parks and Trails

Kelowna

Kelowna Parks and Trails

Lake Country

Lake Country Parks and Trails

Lumby

Lumby Parks and Trails

Naramata

Naramata Parks and Trails

Okanagan Falls

Okanagan Falls Parks and Places

Oliver

Oliver Parks and Trails

Osoyoos

Osoyoos Parks and Trails

Peachland

Peachland Parks and Trails

Penticton

Penticton Parks and Trails

Summerland

Summerland Parks and Trails

Vernon

Vernon Parks and Trails
Easy nice walk for families and learn about Enderby history, and visit the visitor centre for more local information.
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Enderby
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The Kettle River attracts many to the park in the summer for a day of swimming, fishing, tubing and kayaking. Kettle Valley Rail Trail is one of British Columbia's more popular destinations for hikers, backpackers and mountain bikers.
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Rock Creek
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The public park is separated and sheltered from the highway by a family of Ponderosa Pines. Because of the location of the park to the highway, the park is a popular stop when traveling the Okanagan Valley.
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Hardy Road
Peachland
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Okanagan Mountain Park is a wilderness recreation destination located on the east side of Okanagan Lake popular for activities like hiking, mountain biking, backpacking, wilderness camping, horseback riding, boating and fishing.
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Kelowna
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Lost Lake is a trout lake. Most fly fish when on the lake. Be aware there is limited shoreline for casting. Belly boats and hip waiters work best on this lake. It is possible to hike in a canoe if fitness levels are good.
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Beaver Lake Road
Winfield
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Hardy Falls Regional Park is a hiking and sightseeing destination located on the south end of Peachland, BC, Canada in the Okanagan Valley. The waterfall park includes a salmon spawning river named Deep Creek and a well maintained hiking trail leading to the falls.
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Hardy Road
Peachland
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Big White Mountain is located northeast of the community of Kelowna in the Okanagan Valley. Big White is a year round recreation destination popular for mountain biking, hiking in the summer and skiing, snowboarding in the winter.
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Kelowna
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Spotted Lake is an environmental anomaly located in the Okanagan Valley near the community of Osoyoos, BC, Canada. The lake has a long history with the local First Nation People.
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Highway #3
Osoyoos
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The hike through the Myra Canyon Trestles takes you over 18 trestles and through two tunnels and through one of the most scenic parts of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR).
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Kelowna
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Myra Bellevue Park is a 7,829 hectare recreation destination and historical park. The trail system in the park, the historical artifacts found along the trail system and the wilderness scenery attracts many people to the park every year.
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Kelowna
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Grey Canal Swan Lake East in Vernon BC Canada is a scenic 8+ kilometre walk through old remnants from BC's longest irrigation channel.
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7979 Baker Hogg Rd
Vernon
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Okanagan High Rim Trail is a long distance hiking, backpacking and snowshoe trail exploring along the eastern slopes of the Thompson Plateau from the community of Vernon, BC to Mission Creek. The 50 kilometre wilderness trail explores many diverse eco systems.
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Philpot Road
Vernon
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The 3,741 hectare White Lake Grasslands Protected Area is a conservation site put in place so to protect the grasslands, the wildlife, pine forest and alkali ponds of the Southern Okanagan Basin.
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Green Lake Road
Okanagan Falls
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The Okanagan Grasslands Area is a popular destination for hikers, mountain bikers, sightseers, photographers, history seekers and people who enjoy fishing.
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Kruger Mountain Forest Service Road
Osoyoos
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Kettle Valley Rail Trail is over 600 kilometres in length and is a popular route for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding , dirt biking, sightseeing, history walking tours, cross country ski, snowmobile and snowshoe routes.
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Kelowna

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