Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park


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Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park

Overview:

The Okanagan Similkameen in the southern interior of British Columbia, is truly a beautiful part of the province. The scenery is unsurpassed. Summers are hot and sunny and winters are moderate. Great sandy beaches, good swimming, boating and excellent fishing makes summer days carefree and fun. Winter brings exciting skiing and ice fishing. The Okanagan Similkameen is a region for all seasons. Helping to preserve this vacation wonderland are thirty-one provincial parks, fourteen different eco reserves and three large wilderness parks.

Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park:

A wilderness park in the Okanagan Similkameen is Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, on the east side of Okanagan Lake, in the Kelowna area. Overlooking the lake is 10,000 hectares (24,700 acres) of wilderness that is accessible only on foot, bikes or horseback. Landscape features mountain lakes, grassland plus fir and spruce forests. A climb to the top means wonderful views of the lake and the Monashee Mountains. Facilities include trails and rustic campsites. Between the cities of Kelowna and Penticton, are six marine campgrounds, many bays and sandy beaches along the undeveloped 33 km (20 mi.) of shoreline. Water exploring this region is truly a fun experience.

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Access:

From the south, reach the park trailhead from Penticton. Take the Naramata Road to Chute Lake, from here take the right fork along Gemmill Lake Road to the parking lot.

To reach the park from the north, drive 17 km (11 mi.) south of Kelowna on Pandosy Street, then go down the east side of Okanagan Lake along Lakeshore Road. Stay on this road till the northeast parking lot for the park.

Hiking in the Park:

This wilderness region offers hiking and riding trails. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.

Wilderness hiking means being prepared for the unexpected, always carry food, water, waterproof clothing, and a camp stove. Survival gear and a first aid kit are essentials when backcountry hiking. Choose a site that is well away from trails and water when setting up a campsite. Pack out all the garbage, do not bury it. Never remove anything from the wilderness and keep your distance watching animals in the wild. Leave as little impact as possible, help preserve the wilderness areas in British Columbia so others can enjoy it. This is rattle snake country, be very careful and wear good hiking boots. Be safe, have fun!

For detailed information on Okanagan Mountain Park visit
the BC Parks website:
http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/okana_mt

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Area Maps of the Okanagan Similkameen
Hwy 3 Hope-Princeton:
Princeton
Hwy 5A (North of Princeton) & Hwy 97C (East of Aspen Grove):
Allison to Pennask
South Okanagan:
Osoyoos to Penticton Kettle Valley
Hwy 3 Boundary:
Greenwood, Grand Forks, Christina Lake
Central Okanagan:
Kelowna Winfield
North Okanagan:
Vernon to Armstrong Falkland Monashees (to Kootenays)




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