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
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3 Mile Beach is a small 500 metre pebbled beach. The beach is private and popular with the locals. It attracts individuals who enjoy swimming, suntanning, kayaking, boating, fishing, picnicking and people watching.
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Three Mile Road
Penticton
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Osoyoos Lake is Canada's warmest lake located in Canada's only desert - the Sonora Desert. The lake is a very popular destination for swimming, boating, canoeing, kayaking, wind surfing, water skiing, sailing and fishing.
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Osoyoos
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Kickininee Provincial Park is a 49 hectare park on the shores of Okanagan Lake, between Penticton and Summerland, consisting of 3 small separate pebbled beach parks named the Kickininee, Soorimpt and Pyramid.
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Highway #97
Penticton
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Naramata, B.C. Manitou Regional Park is a popular destination for activities like swimming, suntanning, canoeing and boating.
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Old Main Road
Naramata
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Kekuli Bay Provincial Park covers over 57 hectares and was established in 1990. The grassland park is wide open with little tree cover. The activities enjoyed in the provincial park include birdwatching, hiking, canoeing, fishing, boating, camping, swimming and water skiing.
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Vernon
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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 walking trail follows the shoreline of Okanagan Lake. The 4.5 km Peach Orchard Loop Trail extends from Beaver Road to the Rotary Walkway to Peach Orchard Road.
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Lakeshore Drive South
Summerland
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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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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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Kal Beach is one of the most easily accessible and one of the most popular sandy beaches on Kalamalka Lake in the area of Coldstream which is located south of downtown Vernon, BC in the North Okanagan Valley
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Husband Road
Vernon
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The walkway includes views of the valley looking down over some of the local orchards and wineries. In the distance, from some points on the trail, one can see the community and Osoyoos Lake.
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62 Avenue
Osoyoos
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 International Biking and Hiking Trail is an 18.4 kilometre route exploring through desert and wine country while following the shores of the Okanagan River Canal.
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Highway #97
Oliver
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Bertram Creek Regional Park is a popular recreation destination on the shores of Okanagan Lake popular for swimming, water sports, canoeing, boating, hiking, community events, bird watching and wildlife viewing.
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Kelowna
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Along Pioneer Walkway are gardens, shelters and viewing benches. Locals and visitors use the path often to get from point A to point B when in the community. Some people walk, others bike, some roller blade - all are enjoying the views.
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Highway #3
Osoyoos

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