15 Picturesque Locations in the Okanagan, British Columbia
The Okanagan Valley is a popular and relatively well-known tourist destination throughout Canada and is making it’s claim to fame on the international level as well. With it’s many photogenic qualities and world-class wineries, it’s no surprise why people flock here in droves during the summer months. The Okanagan has over 50 lakes for the public usage and enjoyment, many of them having beaches, resorts and Provincial Parks with campgrounds as well as being stocked with many species of fish. This region generally has warmer, drier and sunnier temperatures then the rest of Canada and this allows for the perfect fruit growing and wine making climate.
With so many awesome places to visit in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia it was hard to make this list and it is definitely more North Okanagan heavy, because that’s where we live. We haven’t even scratched the surface with this list, so we have work to do, but here is some of the exploring we have managed to do so far.
Enjoy reading “15 Picturesque Locations in the Okanagan, British Columbia”.
Mount Rose Swanson
Mount Rose Swanson hiking trails near Armstrong offers visitors amazing views overlooking the small farming community of Spallumcheen and the three lakes below, which are Okanagan Lake, Otter Lake and Swan Lake. The hike is around 1.5 hours to the top and moderately difficult.
(Check out our article “Mount Rose Swanson, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia” for more details.)
Fintry Provincial Park
Fintry Provincial Park is situated along Okanagan Lake on Westside Road is a natural delta paradise that is richly steeped in historical value and beauty. Providing tourists with ample attractions and reasons to visit including; campgrounds, beaches, hiking trails and a gorgeous waterfall to top it off. The drive out to the park is very scenic as the road skirts along the lake for many miles.
(Check out our article “Fintry Falls Provincial Park, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia” for more details.)
Echo Lake Provincial Park
Echo Lake Provincial Park is situated between Lumby and Cheryville in the Creighton Valley and is the perfect place to escape when wanting to achieve peace and serenity. This mesmerizing lake is surrounded by thick forested mountains and has nice crystal clear water which is perfect for cooling off on a hot summer day.
(Check out our article “Echo Lake Provincial Park, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia” for more details.)
McDougall Rim Trail
McDougall Rim Trail is located just outside of Kelowna across the bridge and provides hikers with a breathtaking view of Rose Valley Lake in the forefront and Okanagan Lake in the back. On the way up you will get a great view of Mount Boucherie on the other side of the mountain.
(Check out our article “McDougall Rim Trail, Kelowna, British Columbia” for more details.)
Oyama Lookout is just on the outskirts of the wonderful lakefront orchard town of Oyama. This spot is an Instagrammer’s dream and has a very photogenic quality by providing views of Wood Lake and Kalamalka Lake. There is a cool wooden platform that could have been built as a place for a tent.
(Check out our article “Oyama Lookout, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia” for more details.)
Adventure Bay Trail
Adventure Bay Trail is an underrated and also lesser known hike in Vernon and is situated along Okanagan Lake. The hike takes around 1.5 hours depending on what kind of shape your in and definitely has some pretty steep areas. Once on top you’ll realize it is one of the tallest mountains in the area and has some pretty spectacular views. I highly recommend this short, but sweet hike for a great workout and great scenery as well.
(Check out our article “Adventure Bay Trail, Okanagan Valley, British Columbia” for more details.)
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is probably the most popular park in Vernon and possibly in the whole Okanagan Valley and with good reason. Nicknamed the “lake of many colors”, due the multitude of colors it produces throughout the seasons, which actually depends on the temperature of the water. Historians say the lake is named after a Hawaiian man that moved to the Okanagan and married a First Nations woman. Kalamalka translates to “the sun of America”, in Polynesian language.
Cosen’s Bay is a long beautiful sandy beach with clean water and can only be reached by either hiking or by boat.
Mabel Lake Provincial Park
Mabel Lake Provincial Park sits in the middle of a scenic mountain range around 40 minutes from Lumby or Enderby depending on what way your travelling from. It has cool mountain fed water that stays chilly no matter what time of year you visit, but can be welcoming on a super hot Okanagan day. The beaches are very nice and have nice fine white sand. The park has a large pay campsite as well as some free campsites further down the road.
Okanagan Rail Trail
Okanagan Rail Trail is a recent undertaking in the region, where a railway that once ran along Kalamalka Lake and several other lakes as well, is being converted into a walking and biking trail. The trail is a total of 48.5 km and shows off some of the bluest water you will ever lay your eyes on.
There is also no shortage of perfect little lagoons along the trail to stop, have a beach picnic and spend the day relaxing in the endless Okanagan sunshine.
Spion Kop is an up and coming trail that is becoming more popular among locals and we ourselves never even found about it until a couple of years ago. The trail is Sandwiched between several lakes and the summit provides epic views of the Okanagan Valley and is a must-see spot for people looking to do nice day hike.
Lochview Trail runs along Okanagan lake and takes you through wilderness mixed in with sprawling lakefront mansions with elevators, eventually bringing you to a nice little park with a beach called Paul’s Tomb. If your wondering about the tomb, the answer is “yes” there is an actual tomb. It comes from the Paul family, who once owned the land and wanted to be buried together, it was built in 1910.
Enderby Cliffs, in you guessed it “Enderby”, is a great hike and has spectacular views the whole way up. Watch and enjoy as soaring birds catch the updraft that’s created by wind hitting the sheer face of this 50 million year old volcanic behemoth. First Nations people have tales of reverence and consider it a sacred mountain.
The Hike takes the better part of a day and is quite a workout, requiring fairly decent stamina. I recently heard they are upgrading the mountain by adding more trails that may be take longer, but are a bit easier.
Pincushion Mountain is a popular hiking spot on the edge of the lovely little beach town of Peachland. It takes around one hour to scramble to the top and is a fairly difficult hike, but once on top you’ll realize why it is well worth it. A Canadian flag planted into the mountaintop adds a cool patriotic element to any photo you might take and why not celebrate your accomplishment with a fresh local brew.
Ellison Provincial Park
Ellison Provincial Park is located 20 minutes outside of our hometown of Vernon. This park is by far our favorite in the area and that’s probably due to the clean water and beaches as well as the fact that it tends to be less crowded. I think the reason there is less people could be because of the lengthy drive out there and the hike you have to do to get to the beaches. That being said we don’t mind a bit of a hike if it means less crowds and pristine beaches.
Ellison has 3 large beaches with perfect red sand and is the only area I know of that has this color of sand.
Pinnacle Peak is placed deep in the wilderness, with no signs of civilization for many miles. The closest town is Cherryville, but it is not that close at all. The peak is part of a vast mountain range taking you through several climate zones as you ascend to the top. There are many berries to pick along the way if you arrive at the right time of the year. Once to the lake you will be blown away by the towering cliffs and mirror-like glacial water.
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