Rumoured to be the home of the mysterious lake monster, Ogopogo, Rattlesnake island is a favourite spot for locals and tourists. The island is home to an abandoned mini golf course, but landing a boat on the island is impossible so if you are interested in an adventure the driver will have to drop people off within swimming distance. (There is a beautiful naturally sheltered cove though)
Location: Southernmost point of West Kelowna; straight south of West Kelowna Yacht Club in Gellatly Bay.
The Cove is West Kelowna’s premiere resort. Elegant rooms, spacious patio, and temporary moorage for visitors are a few things that separate The Cove from the rest. Upon arriving at the marina, The Cove’s dock staff will make sure that you are in the right stall and tied up properly before you head up to The Bonfire Restaurant. The Bonfire is a great place to take in a nice meal, they feature many dishes using ingredients grown in the Okanagan as well as produce from their own private garden.
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Beautiful, sandy/pebbly beaches surrounded by ponderosa pine and sagebrush make this park the perfect spot for swimming and water activities. At the two large campgrounds in the park, panoramic views will add to your enjoyment.
The landscape across the lake, from beach to skyline, is part of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, accessible by boat or by driving back through Kelowna.
For your convenience, during the summer season this park has a concession located at the south campground gatehouse and managed by the Park Operator.
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Three tiny picnic areas, Kickininee, Soorimpt and Pyramid, are tucked between Highway 97 and Okanagan Lake just north of Penticton. They provide a great spot for a picnic, swimming or just relaxing and taking a break from highway driving.
The boat launch at Soorimpt provides easy access to the boating and fishing opportunities that await on Okanagan Lake.
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Above the lakeshore are over 10,000 hectares of rugged landscape with mountain lakes, grasslands and spruce-fir forests accessible only on foot, horseback or bicycle. Trails and rustic campsites are the only facilities in this area of the wilderness. A wonderful setting for hikers – a climb to the top of Okanagan Mountain will lead you to beautiful scenic lake views to the west and the Monashee Mountains to the east.
A boater’s paradise, this wilderness park dominates the east side of Okanagan Lake between Kelowna and Penticton. Six marine campgrounds and secluded bays and sheltered sandy beaches tucked into the 33 km of undeveloped shoreline make water exploring a true adventure.
South of Fintry is Bear Creek Provincial Park. If you are interested in enjoying Bear Creek Provincial Park, you can launch your boat at Fintry boat launch and boat over to Bear Creek. While Bear Creek does not have a boat launch, you can easily park your boat overnight in their Mooring Area behind the Buoy Lines. You can carry your camping supplies into the campsite and pitch your tent in one of their many camp areas. (Note: Tent Prices are same as RV parking @ $35 a night per party.)