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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Oliver BC Rotary Beach Park includes a playground, picnic tables, washrooms, viewing benches, grass lawns and a small sandy beach.
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6759 Lakeside Drive
Oliver
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Twin Lakes hiking trail, near Cherryville, British Columbia, Canada, is a moderate 8.9km there and back hike that has stunning views of the Monashee Mountains and two pristine mountain lakes.
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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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The Burnell-Sawmill Lake Forestry Recreation Site is a popular location for camping, fishing, dirt biking and camping.
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Fairview Road
Oliver
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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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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
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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.
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Kelowna
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
skahabluffs
The rock climbing destination is located on the east side of Skaha Lake, south of Penticton, BC in the Okanagan Valley. It is covered with challenging climbing routes culminating in spectacular views of the community of Penticton, BC in the Okanagan Valley.
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Valleyview Road
Penticton
pioneer-park-oyama
Pioneer Park is a small sandy beach park located in Lake Country near the community of Oyama, BC. The beach park is situated in a small cove on the south end of Kalamalka Lake.
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Trask Road
Oyama
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
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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
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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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Wood Lake is a popular destination for canoeing and fishing in the summer and ice fishing in the winter. Along the shores of the lake are a few resorts, stores and other types of accommodations. But mostly, Wood Lake is a popular day use lake explored by the locals.
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Oyama
indianhead
Indian Head - McIntyre Bluff is a mountain of white granite towering 265 metres providing far reaching views near the communities of Oliver and Okanagan Falls, British Columbia, Canada.
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300 Covert Place
Oliver

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