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
lostlake
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
kayola
Kaloya Park is a day use park situated on a peninsula with lake views on both sides. The regional park includes two small sandy benches, picnic tables, gazebo, large grass lawns and viewing benches.
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Trask Road
Oyama
islandlake
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
doreen
Doreen Lake a small remote fishing, canoeing and boating destination lake located in the back country wilderness forests behind the small community of Winfield, BC in Lake Country. The recreation site is part of a network of lakes in the area.
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Beaver Lake Road
Winfield
beaver-lake 001
Beaver Lake Recreation Site is a small remote boating, fishing, birding, and canoeing destination lake in the summer located in the back country wilderness forests behind the small community of Winfield, BC in Lake Country. The recreation site is one of many lakes in the area.
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Beaver Lake Road
Winfield
kettle
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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polson
The 13.5 hectare day use park is a central gathering place in the community. The green space park includes a children's playground, waterpark, walking paths, skateboard park, outdoor bandshell, playing fields, grass lawns, two tennis courts and a running track.
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Highway #97
Vernon
kekuli
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
kal
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
kalmalka-lake 001
The green-blue waters of Kalamalka Lake, the secluded coves and the sandy beaches make the park popular for swimming, canoeing, and picnicking. Hiking, biking, jogging, horseback riding and cross country skiing are enjoyed in the park because of the large network of paved and gravel trails.
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Hwy 6
Vernon
highrim
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
ellison
Ellison Provincial Park is situated on the eastern shores of Okanagan Lake and is popular for swimming, boating, fishing, picnicking, camping and diving.
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25th Ave
Vernon
oklake
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
nickel
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
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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