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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.


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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.


Kekuli Bay Provincial Park
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park
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.... Read more
Myra Canyon Trestles
Myra Canyon Trestles
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). ... Read more
SS Sicamous
SS Sicamous
SS Sicamous was the last and the biggest ever passenger boat built by the Canadian Pacific Railway to service the communities of the Okanagan Valley. The 228 foot passenger boat transported trappers, miners and forestry workers.... Read more
3 Mile Beach
3 Mile Beach
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.... Read more
Lakawana Park
Lakawana Park
Lakawana Park is a recreation destination in north Penticton, BC, Canada with tennis courts, grass lawns, playground, splash park and a concession area. Nearby is a skateboard park. ... Read more
Bluenose Mountain Trail
Bluenose Mountain Trail
Bluenose Mountain Trail is a recreation hiking trail located near the community of Lumby, BC The uphill loop trail navigates a series of switchbacks eventually leading hikers to two of the three peaks on the mountain overlooking the valley.... Read more
Ellison Provincial Park
Ellison Provincial Park
Ellison Provincial Park is situated on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake and is popular for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and diving.... Read more
Cottonwood Park
Cottonwood Park
The sandy beach, referred to as Cottonwood Beach, is one of the more popular beaches visited in the community every year popular for swimming, boating and sunbathing. ... Read more
Rotary Beach Park
Rotary Beach Park
Oliver BC Rotary Beach Park includes a playground, picnic tables, washrooms, viewing benches, grass lawns and a small sandy beach. ... Read more
Kettle Valley Rail Trail
Kettle Valley Rail Trail
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. ... Read more
Lost Lake
Lost Lake
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.... Read more
Conkle Lake Provincial Park
Conkle Lake Provincial Park
The 587 hectare park includes a 124 hectare lake, a waterfall hiking trail, a sandy beach and a campground. Come camp, hike to a waterfall, fish on a lake or paddle a canoe or kayak... Read more
Haynes Point Provincial Park
Haynes Point Provincial Park
The Haynes Point Provincial Park is situated on a spit surrounded by sandy beaches, a lake and wetlands popular for swimming, sun bathing, boating, camping, hiking and fishing.... Read more
Hardy Falls Regional Park
Hardy Falls Regional Park
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.... Read more
Osoyoos Lake
Osoyoos Lake
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.... Read more
Burnell - Sawmill Lake
Burnell - Sawmill Lake
The Burnell-Sawmill Lake Forestry Recreation Site is a popular location for camping, fishing, dirt biking and camping.... Read more