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During the summer months hanging out by a lake is the popular thing to do, we did some exploring and picked out our 3 Must see Lakes of the Okanagan Valley.
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Stand up paddle board3-Long Lake Beach - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Kalamalka Lake, British Columbia, Canada

3 Must see Lakes of the Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada

 

The Okanagan Valley is a gorgeous region within British Columbia, during the summer months the population significantly increases with tourists wanting to take advantage of all it has to offer. A popular activity is simply hanging out by a lake to camp, swim or boat. We too did some exploring of the magnificent lakes it has to offer which leads us to our 3 Must see Lakes of the Okanagan Valley.

 

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Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada - We scoped out the area to source the 3 must see Lakes of the Okanagan Valley.

 

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2017 was our first and only summer in the Okanagan Valley, the weather definitely ensured it would be a memorable one!

 

We went from the town bracing for the worst floods on record, to the worst fire season on record in mere months. There were a few months where you weren’t allowed in the Okanagan Lake due to debris and flooded septic tanks followed by dark smokey skies.

 

However we made the most of it, exploring as much of the region as we could.

 

NOTE FOR NON-CANADIANS: In Canada beaches are flat (ie. no waves unless a boat is passing by) and fresh water still with a sandy shoreline however is mega weird bring on the salt water and waves!

 

#1 Kalamalka Lake

 

Overlooking Kalamalka Lake - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Kalamalka Lake, British Columbia, Canada

The view of Kalamalka Lake from Middleton Way, Coldstream… Isn’t it stunning?!?

 

Kalamalka Lake aka Kal Lake is by far our favourite!

 

This is our go to lake to take our visiting friends and family out on our stand up paddle boards. The colour changes in the water are magnificent, the blue hues will change with the sunlight reflection earning the lake it’s name ‘lake of a thousand colours’.

 

The main beach is crazy busy in the afternoons therefore we tend to bypass this stretch and head out to Long Lake Beach just on Tamarack Place, Vernon. It’s much easier to find a car park and there is hardly anyone else, a little slice of heaven.

 

Quick Facts:

Size: 3km wide x 16km long

Location: 4km south of Vernon

Activities: Hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, boating, water sports, picnic areas, canoeing, SUP hire – on main beach, camping – at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park

Beaches: Kal Beach, Cosens Bay Beach, Long Lake Beach, Jade Bay Beach, Juniper Bay Beach, Kekuli Bay Beach, Kirkland Park Beach, and on the south end, Kaloya Regional Park Beach

 

Click here for more information on Kalmalka Provincial Park and here for Kekuli Bay Provincial Park.

 

Long Lake Beach - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Kalamalka Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Packing up after a paddle out on Kalamalka Lake – Long Lake Beach access

 

Stand up paddle board -Long Lake Beach - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Kalamalka Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Renee paddling out on the water with a friend

Stand up paddle board2-Long Lake Beach - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Kalamalka Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Sharing the stand up paddle board time, Johns turn to go out on the water with a friend

Jade Bay Beach - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Kalamalka Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Short hike down the hill to this gorgeous view at Jade Bay Beach – Kalamalka Provincial Park

#2 Okanagan Lake

 

Overlooking the Lake - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Overlooking the Okanagan Lake from Okanagan Hills Blvd, Vernon

 

The Okanagan Lake is by far the biggest and most popular lake when it comes to water sports. You will find many wineries, restaurants, resorts, parks and beaches along its shoreline which is perfect after a day on the water. The view of the mountains and the water is just beautiful hence it makes it onto our list.

 

Quick Facts:

Size: 5km wide x 135km long

Location: Vernon to Penticton

Activities: Playgrounds at beaches, hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, boating, water sports, picnic areas, canoeing, camping – at Okanagan Lake Provincial Park

Beaches: Vernon: Kin Beach and Paddlewheel Park Beach 

Kelowna: Hot Sands Beach, Boyce-Gyro Beach, Rotary Beach, Sarson’s Beach, and Strathcona Park

Penticton: Okanagan Lake Beach, Skaha Lake Beach, Marina Way Beach, Okanagan Lake Park Beach, Sudbury Beach and Three Mile Beach

Highlights: Ogopogo – which is sort of like the legend of the Loch Ness Monster but Canadian eh! 

 

Click here for more information on Okanagan Lake Provincial Park.

 

Kin Beach - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Hanging out at Kin Beach

 

Canadian Geese at Kin Beach - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

These Canadian Geese are regulars at Kin Beach, seriously can’t tell if there are more humans or geese here!

 

Pentiction Beach Walk - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Okanagan Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Strolling along Pentiction Beach Walk, the SS Sicamous Paddle Wheeler is shored up just behind us

 

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#3 Mabel Lake

 

Shore Canadian - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Mabel Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Beach front at Mabel Lake Provincial Park

 

Ok… so a majority of the lakes in the Okanagan Valley have a beautiful view therefore it’s easy to list this one under that category. This one also has a beautiful scenic drive going for it. In the 37km from Lumby you will see luscious green fields, lots of trees and you can even stop off at the Shuswap Falls for a gander.

 

We went late in the afternoon for a stand up paddle the scenery was spectacular. The picnic area however was painful due to mother nature… mosquitoes!!! Doh, we had forgotten to pack the Aerogard! Needless to say we bailed as quickly as we could after the paddle.

 

Size: 35km length

Location: 37km North of Lumby, British Columbia

Activities: Playground, hiking, fishing, wildlife watching, boating, water sports, picnic areas, canoeing, camping – at Mabel Lake Provincial Park. Marina hire – at Mabel Lake Resort and Golf incl boats, SUPs, Kayaks and more!

 

Click here for more information on Mabel Lake Provincial Park.

 

Entrance - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Mabel Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Playing around with camera angles at the entrance to Mabel Lake Provincial Park, just love the wooden sign

 

Playground - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Mabel Lake, British Columbia, Canada

You can’t see them in this pic but there are tonnes of little furry animals scurrying around playing around in tunnels – see next pic!

 

Cute furry things - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Mabel Lake, British Columbia

Any ideas what these cute furry animals are? There were so many fooling around the playground park area

 

Shore2 - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Mabel Lake, British Columbia, Canada

Beach front views to the left of the playground, could sit here daydreaming for hours!

 

Stand up paddle boarding - 3 Must see lakes of the Okanagan Valley - Mabel Lake, British Columbia

Say cheese!!! Just had to take a selfie out in the middle of the lake

 

Until next time…

John & Renee

 

What activities do you like to do in summer on the lake?

 

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John & Renee Patroni
2 Comments
  • Oh wow those lakes are incredible! Thanks for the tips guys 🙂 #backpackbloggers

    October 3, 2017 at 11:00 am

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