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Ellison Provincial Park
Ellison Provincial Park is located on the north-eastern side of Okanagan Lake about 15 km (9 miles) south of downtown Vernon.

Travelling Here
To get here from other parts of the Okanagan or Lower Mainland, travel to Hwy 97 and then make your way to Vernon. Then, once you are at Vernon, look for the signs and, if travelling north, turn left on 25th Avenue then along Okanagan Landing Road or, if travelling south, turn right on 25th Avenue.

Park Highlights
The swimming found in the Okanagan Lake at Ellison Provincial Park is some of the best in British Columbia. The park offers three swimming areas that have sandy beaches, which are buoyed off for protection from speedboats and have very clear, warm water.

Waterfront
The waterfront along the length of the park has some sheltered and private coves with lots of places along the rock shelves for swimming and relaxing. Also situated on the east side of Okanagan Lake, the beaches and rock bluffs enjoy a long-lasting sun and beautiful sunsets.

Otter Bay
Otter Bay, one of the day-use areas, has a very nice beach to explore. The beach is quite sandy and has a number of rock shelves for kids to climb up on and swim around. Also Otter Bay is designated as an underwater dive park with a small wreck of a tug boat off the southern point for SCUBA divers and skindivers to explore.

Campground
The campground at Ellison Provincial Park contains 71 vehicle-accessible campsites, of which eight are double sites with no drive-through sites. The campsites are first-come, first-served with a certain number held for reservations by going through Discover Camping. The campsites are well-spaced out, fairly large, treed and quite private, suitable for both RV camping and tents.

Facilities
The facilities at Ellison are excellent. The park has a total of seven flush toilets and one pit-toilet, six water taps with fresh spring water, a children's playground, a hot shower building and a fantastic group picnic area with over 50 picnic tables that features a volleyball net. There are also mooring buoys for pleasure craft at two locations and a separate beach for dogs to go swimming.

Nature Trail Loop
If you enjoy walking, there is a really nice nature trail found at Ellison Provincial Park. The trail takes you up high along a bluff for a beautiful westerly view from the beaches to across Okanagan Lake north towards Whiteman and Beachcomber Bay and south towards Fintry. For wildlife and birdwatching, there are a number of attractions that are quite astonishing as the trail loops through the Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine forest.

Park Downfalls
The downfalls are few; the campground is situated away from the different beach areas and requires a small walk down trails that all have steep hills so if you are out of shape it could be difficult as not all areas are wheelchair-accessible Also, because of a recent real estate development, a few campsites now have houses as neighbours making privacy difficult when you're beside the fire pit at night or reading in a chair during the day.

Swimmers' Itch
Swimmers' itch also may be present at Ellison Provincial Park in Okanagan Lake at certain times during the year. This is a common occurrence that naturally evolves and can be protected against. To try and help swimmers' itch from occurring, before swimming, massage baby oil or other lotion on the body then, after swimming, shower off or towel promptly and vigorously.

Nearest Services
For supplies, services or a break from the campstove, you can travel into Vernon which is only about 20 minutes away. Once in Vernon, there is everything ranging from Wal-Mart, Canadian Tire, Save-On-Foods and London Drugs. Vernon also has a good selection of restaurants, cafés and coffee shops, including Tim Hortons or Starbucks and a local favourite the Longhorn Pub. For small items, there is a general store at Okanagan Landing, 10 km (6.3 miles) away.

Reservations are Required
During the summer, the campground at Ellison is probably one of the hardest to find a campsite in the Okanagan on a first-come basis. If you don't want to be disappointed, reservations are accepted at Ellison Provincial Park on a total of 49 sites. The campground is open from April 1 to October 31 and obtaining a reservation at Discover Camping is highly recommended when staying through June 15 - Sept 1.

Park Maintenance
The park services and maintenance are managed by Quality Recreation Ltd.. which is headquartered in Vernon. For general information, telephone: (250) 545-1560 or e-mail address: quality-recreation@shaw.ca.

Information on Ellison Provincial Park

 

Ellison Provincial Park
Ellison Provincial Park

 

South Bay Beach
South Bay Beach

 

Otter Bay Beach
Otter Bay Beach

 

Ellison Provincial Park Campground
Ellison Provincial Park Campground

 

View From Nature Trail Loop
View From Nature Trail Loop

 

SCUBA Diver at Otter Bay
SCUBA Diver at Otter Bay

 

Okanagan Lake View
Okanagan Lake View

 

Dog Beach at Ellison Provincial Park
Dog Beach at Ellison Provincial Park

 

Private Coves on Okanagan Lake
Private Coves on Okanagan Lake

 
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