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Christie Memorial
Christie Memorial Provincial Park is located on the south end of Skaha Lake in the small Okanagan community of Okanagan Falls. The park is named after RCAF Pilot Officer, Robert G. Christie, who was killed in action on September 23, 1943, the only serviceman from Okanagan Falls to die in the course of World War II.

Travelling Here
To get to Christie Memorial Provincial Park from Penticton, travel south approximately 20 km (13 miles) or from Oliver, then go 21.5 km (13.5 miles) north on Hwy 97 to Okanagan Falls. The small park is situated at the corner of Cedar Avenue and 7th Street in Okanagan Falls, situated along the southern lakeshore of Skaha Lake.

Park Highlights
The main highlights found at Christie Memorial Provincial Park are the white sandy beach and the opportunity of water sport activities available in Skaha Lake. The outdoor activities available at the park include speed boating, waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking, canoeing and with the appropriate licence fishing opportunities, there are bass, perch and trout available. The swimming area has no lifeguards but is enclosed by buoys making it fairly safe for small kids with the beach having both a sand and grassy area for family fun.

Facilities at Christie Memorial
Besides the beach area found at Christie Memorial, the park contains a large number of picnic tables available for having lunch or a special family event. There is a large washroom facility close-by, open during the summer season, for changing with flush toilets and tap water available (boiling water at certain times may be required for drinking).

Okanagan Falls Trestle Bridge
The recreational activities close to Christie Memorial Provincial Park include access to the nearby cycling trail found next to Hwy 97 near the mouth of the Okanagan River. Here you can find the Okanagan Falls Trestle Bridge which at one time was part of the CPR's Kettle Valley Railway Osoyoos Subdivision which rail line went from Penticton to Osoyoos. The trestle which crosses Skaha Lake, which was fully restored in 2,000 links up with the abandoned KVR right-of-way forming a trail that goes north along the west side of the lake through Kaleden all the way to Penticton coming out at Wright's Beach Camp RV Park on Hwy 97.

Places Close by to Visit
Other places close by to Christie Memorial Provincial Park where you can visit include another lakeside beach situated next door at Kenyon Regional Park, the flea market on Hwy 97 going through Okanagan Falls, Okanagan Falls Museum and Tickleberry's Ice Cream on Hwy 97, the self-guided tour at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory located on White Lake Road towards Kaleden and rock climbing and exploring in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park situated on the east side of Skaha Lake near Penticton.

Okanagan Falls Provincial Park
There is no camping allowed at Christie Memorial Provincial Park with the nearest government facility only 1.5 km (one mile) away on Green Lake Road at Okanagan Falls Provincial Park. Here you can find a small-size campground with 25 vehicle-accessible places available. The campground is an easy walk to either the beach at Christie Memorial Provincial Park or Kenyon Regional Park.

Private Campgrounds Nearby
There are also a couple of private campgrounds close by to Christie Memorial Provincial Park on Skaha Lake at Sun & Sand RV Park or Playa Okanagan RV Park, Banbury Green and Camp-Along just north of the turnoff Kaleden on Hwy 97, only a short distance away. For non-campers, try the Holiday Park Resort Motel located next door to the park or reserve a spot in a number of B&B's in Okanagan Falls.

Wildlife Precautions
Just a reminder that you have still to be aware of bears or other wildlife coming into contact with humans in the park. Also, during certain times of the year, especially in the spring between March and June, wood ticks are prevalent in the low shrubs and tall grass in and around Christie Memorial Provincial Park and necessary precautions have to be taken.

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Christie Memorial Provincial Park
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Beach at Christie Memorial Park
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Christie Memorial Provincial Park
Christie Memorial Provincial Park

 
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