(Description Provided by http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/ellison/)
Nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, Ellison Provincial Park includes 220 hectares of forested benchlands above a rocky shoreline of scenic headlands and sheltered coves.
The park’s natural attractions, combined with the dry, sunny Okanagan climate provide many recreational opportunities from spring through fall. Hiking trails along the scenic headlands are steep and require care and attention.
Penticton is one of the greatest places to boat in the Okanagan. Penticton sits in a rich tourist community, from the shores of Okanagan Lake Beach, to the small winery community of Naramata and also the various parks of Summerland. Penticton’s beautiful beachfront houses various restaurants as well as nearby downtown with many shops and services. Penticton Yacht Club also sits on eastern shores of Okanagan Lake Beach, which has many great boating services including two boat launches, fueling & docking station and also access to general facilities. Check out www.pycmarina.com for visitor’s moorage which is available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis or call (250) 770-2000 for rates or reservations.
Alongside the South Okanagan’s east shores lies the small community of Naramata, home to many wineries which is great for wine tasting and dining during the warm summer evenings. Along with excellent wineries Naramata has an excellent community for tourism as well as a yacht club to dock your boat and visit the small beach community.
Across the lake from Naramata there are many parks, beaches and boat launches in Summerland including Peach Orchard Park, Sun Oka Beach and Kickininee Provincial Park. These parks include docks which you can enjoy swimming or have lunch on the beach. Kickininee Park also has a boat launch for easy access to load and unload boats while saving the time to drive into Penticton if coming from Summerland.
Penticton Marina is at the Southern most end of Okanagan Lake in Penticton. The marina has all the amenities. Check out www.pycmarina.com for visitor’s moorage which is available on a daily, weekly or monthly basis or call (250) 770-2000 for rates or reservations.
Location: East shore of Lake Okanagan in Vernon. Approximately 50km North of Kelowna.
The Blue Herron is the only place in Vernon that you will find a full service boating option. They offer moorage for their guests if one chooses to fill up on food at the restaurant. While, if you are concerned about the journey back or as just a little low from touring all day, the Herron offers a gas dock to ensure you will get to where you want to go.
At Summerland Yacht Club, enjoy a boat launch, Boathouse Bar and Grill and fuel for your boat.
Summer Office Hours
Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Squally Point is located 2km south of Rattlesnake Island.
Just south of Squally point there is a cove with the best cliff jumping in the Okanagan. There are two different tried and tested spots for jumpers. The smaller jump spot is an island with a rope on the backside to help assist in the climb. The other spot can be accessed to the left of this island. It can also be a little tricky to climb so if venturing be very cautious, and if you have physical limitations stay in the boat. When at the cliffs, be sure to keep boats clear of areas where swimmers and jumpers are and may be landing.
Yes, there are Rattlesnakes here! Location: Due East of Peachland; easily seen on the left side of lake when coming from Kelowna.
A must see when you’re enjoying a Kelonwa Boat Rental on the Okanagan Lake!
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)