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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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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Highway #33
Rock Creek
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The shores of Okanagan Lake border many communities in the Okanagan Valley including Penticton in the south, Summerland and Peachland in the centre and Kelowna in the north. Because it is such a large lake it is home to many water activities, sandy beaches, parks, resorts.
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Highway #97
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The Rose Swanson Mountain Trail is a moderate hike offering scenic views along the way and views overlooking the Spallumcheen Valley.
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The park is a remote recreation destination popular with people who enjoy exploring the rugged outdoors in the summer months like hikers, backpackers, canoeists and wilderness campers. In the winter months cross country skiers dominate the trails in the park.
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Hedley - Nickel Plate Road
Penticton
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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.
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32 Avenue
Osoyoos
Nkwala
Mt. Nkwala Mountain Trail is a short hiking and biking route, primarily used by hikers, which leads to a mountain peak with some great lake views of the Okanagan Valley.
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Rifle Range Rd.
Penticton
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City Park is a green space park situated on the shores of Okanagan Lake in the heart of the community of Kelowna. City Park includes a paved path leading to grass lawns, playing fields, picnic tables, viewing benches and more beautiful lake views.
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Kelowna
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Eneas Lake Provincial Park is a year round destination. In the summer the remote park attracts people who enjoy backpacking, wilderness camping, canoeing, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and birdwatching. In the winter the snow covered deactivated gravel roads in the park become snowmobile route
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Munro Lake Forest Service Road
Peachland
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Okanagan Falls Christie Memorial Provincial Park is a popular sunshine destination for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, picnicking and suntanning.
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Cedar Avenue
Okanagan Falls
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The Rock Oven Regional Park is accessed by hikers and mountain bikers only. The route along the KVR to the rock ovens includes two tunnels and should take 3-4 hours to reach when hiking.
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Smethhurst Road
Naramata
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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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Island Lake is a recreation destination lake in the back country wilderness forests behind the community of Winfield, BC in the heart of Lake Country in the North Okanagan Valley. Island lake is one of many destinations in the region popular for boating, fishing, canoeing, birdwatching, dirt biking,
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Beaver Lake Road
Winfield
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Okanagan Falls Vaseux Lake Provincial Park is a camping, swimming, fishing, birding, canoeing and hiking destination for adventurers and wildlife viewers.
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Highway #97
Okanagan Falls
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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
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Highway #33
Osoyoos
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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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