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 trail is over 600 kilometres in length and is a popular route for hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, horseback riding and dirt biking in the summer months. During the winter, some of the sections of the trail become cross country ski, snowmobile and snowshoe routes.
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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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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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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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Mara Lake measures just under 20 square kilometres. The lake is connected by the Sicamous Narrows to Shuswap Lake. Both lakes provide a vast waterway playground for houseboating, boating, kayaking, water skiing, paddle boarding (sup) and fishing.
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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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There is a viewpoint located at the top providing views of the community of Summerland, Naramata, Okanagan Lake, vineyards, orchards... and landmarks like the Trout Creek Bridge, Kettle Valley Rail Trail and Okanagan Mountain Park.
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Okanagan Lake Park is a 98 ha park attracting visitors every year to the region. The park is a very popular recreation destination. The activities enjoyed in the park and on the lake include swimming, boating, kayaking, fishing, water skiing, hiking and windsurfing.
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Summerland B.C. Ornamental Gardens is a 15 acre flower garden created in 1916. The landscape of the garden includes large grass lawns, clusters of trees and many garden plots.
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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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Naramata, B.C. Manitou Regional Park is a popular destination for activities like swimming, suntanning, canoeing and boating.
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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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Okanagan Falls Christie Memorial Provincial Park is a popular sunshine destination for swimming, kayaking, canoeing, boating, picnicking and suntanning.
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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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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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