Okanagan Lake Travel Guide

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Okanagan Lake Things to Do

  • Take a closer look as you speed through...

    While some might enjoy car travel, this is a nice area to do just this. It's along the old highway, and although still very much in use, it's still not as busy as the major route. Here you can take your time (within reason) pull off when you spot something of interest. This native church, we would pass every weekend, so it always stuck out in my...

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  • Visit a winery - Don't look at this...

    2Sep05Waiting for the multi-picture feature Just like in California, many of the local wineyards offer tours. We got to tour the winery (which was not in use at the moment as we visited in early August before any grapes were ripe).

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  • Summerland - Kettle Valley Steam Railway

    The Kettle Valley Steam Railway offers a unique 2 hour journey on one of British Columbia's few remaining fully operational steam railways. Passengers enjoy a tour along a preserved ten-kilometre section of the original Kettle Valley Railway constructed between 1910 and 1915. The locomotive, a 1924 Shay steam engine, pulls two 1950's passenger...

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  • Penticton - sternwheeler SS Sicamous

    The S.S Sicamous, the largest remaining steel-hulled sternwheeler in Canada, is located on the southern shores of Lake Okanagan in Penticton, British Columbia. Built in 1914 at Okanagan Landing for Canadian Pacific Railway and British Columbia Lake and River Service, she plied the waters of Okanagan Lake until 1936, from her Penticton homeport. She...

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  • Chase - Adams River/ Roderick...

    This 988 hectare park is popular not only for its stunning scenery but its wildlife. 10 million salmon climb up this river every four falls (most recently in 1998) to spawn and lay their eggs. In other years the salmon run is less dramatic. By the time the salmon have completed the 485 kilometre swim from the sea, their silver bodies have turned a...

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  • Penticton - Okanagan River Channel

    This 7 km long channel is the straightened-out path of the Okanagan River between Okanagan and Skaha lakes. Locals go rafting on the channel on hot days, connecting an early swim on Okanagan Beach, finishing with a swim on Skaha Beach (you can rent dinghies and inner tubes at the top of the channel). The channel has been beautified with trees and a...

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Okanagan Lake Off The Beaten Path

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    by sunnywong Written Feb 25, 2003

    One of the few reasons you might make a special journey to the Salmon Arm area is to watch the huge migrations of spawning salmon that take place around October. Anything up to two million fish brave the run from the Pacific up to their birthplace in the Adams River - one of the most famous spawning grounds in the province - which during the peak week of the run attracts around 250,000 visitors. This short stretch of river is protected by Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park, reached from Salmon Arm by driving 46km west on the Trans-Canada to Squilax and then 5km north on a side road.

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Okanagan Lake Favorites

  • Melange a fruits....

    As soon as you drive into the Okanagan area, every 5 miles there is a fruit stand waiting for you...if you drive by one, don't worry, there will be another right after it. These fruit stands are great, they are well priced, and there are tonnes of fruit, vegetables, and produce that tastes better than in any store....If you do stop by, try the...

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  • Kelowna, Okanagan Lake area

    Kelowna, is the centre of a fruit, vegetable and wine-growing region around Okanagan Lake. The area now grows about 1/3 of all of Canada’s apples. Kelowna is the area’s governmental centre, and is birthplace to two BC premiers,. W.A.C. Bennett, and his son R.B. Bennett.The city prides itself as being Canada’s "Summer City" with its great lakeshore,...

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  • Penticton, Okanagan Lake area

    This city sits at the southern end of Okanagan Lake, nestled between it and Skaha Lake. The towns name is the Salish word for "the place to live forever." The extensive beachfront on the two lakes on the northern and southern end of the town are the focus of summer recreation. In the winter, Apex Alpine offers downhill skiing just 30 kilometres...

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