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Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is located in the Okanagan community of Coldstream approximately 8 km (5 miles) south from downtown Vernon.

Getting Here
There are two main road routes into Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park with both ways involving travel on Kalamalka Road in Coldstream. You can either take Kidston Road off Kalamalka Road and travel to the main park gate and parking lot or you take Coldstream Creek Road off Kalamalka Road and then turn onto Cosens Bay Road. From here you travel approximately 1.5 km (1 mile) to a parking lot and then have an additional 2.5 km (1.5 mile) trail to the day-use area situated on Cosens Bay Beach.

Coldstream Ranch
The land the park sits on has through a number of changes with first being inhabited by the First Nation Okanagan Indian Band. The first European who settled here was Cornelius Cosens in 1893, he later sold it to Earl of Aberdeen and the establishment of the historic Coldstream Ranch for raising cattle. Afterwards during W.W.II the land was used as a commando base and artillery training zone with warning signs still posted of buried armaments in Cosens Bay. Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park was eventually established in 1975.

Beautiful Beaches
The main highlights of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park include the large number of different places where you can visit and experience Kalamalka Lake many featuring sandy or gravel beaches. The easiest beaches to go visit, especially if you have children, is at Twin Bays located at the main parking lot at the end of Kidston Road. Here you can find both Jade and Juniper Bays, some picnic tables, a grass area, several pit-toilets, places for fishing (with the appropriate license) and a number of swimming and boating areas all within a short walk from each other and the parking lot.

Cosens Bay Beach
Probably the nicest beach on all of Kalamalka Lake but hardest to get to is found at Cosens Bay. The 2.5 km (1.5 mile) trail to the beach from the parking lot on Cosens Bay Road is mostly downhill and can be quite challenging coming back especially during a hot summer day. Once at the beach you can find a beautiful sandy beach, great swimming opportunities, some picnic tables, a pit-toilet and shade trees. There are very limited facilities here but for boaters the beach makes an excellent destination point to anchor and hang out. Also make sure you pack in drinking water as there is nothing available.

Trail System
Besides the beaches found at Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park the park is well noted in the Vernon area for having some of the best mountain biking, walking and jogging trails around. Horseback riding is also allowed in the park, please check park map for suitable trail network with entry point located at the eastern end of Cosens Bay. If you are interested in mountain bike trail maps of the area can be obtained at Sun Country Cycle located at 1340 Kalamalka Lake Road.

Cougar Canyon
Cougar Canyon Ecological Reserve is adjacent to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and has very limited access because of the environmental sensitivity of the area. There is a rough unmarked trail going past large boulders to a long canyon called Cougar Wall, popular with rock climbers. You can find a very interesting rock formation along the way including a number of cliff overhangs with panoramic view of the hill side on the east side of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park and the hills beyond towards Okanagan Lake.

Precautions
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is mainly undeveloped and could prove to be hazardous if you are not prepared. The weather system in this part of the Okanagan can change at any time creating miserable conditions so you need to be ready, have sun screen on, take drinking water and watch young children and non swimmers especially around the water as there are no lifeguards present. Also in the spring time and early summer wood ticks are present so please take the appropriate precautions.

Wildlife Encounters
Other hazards include possible bear, cougar and rattlesnake encounters on the trails in the area plus watch out for poison ivy as it grows near the beaches and could cause discomfort if contacted.

Campgrounds Nearby
Unfortunately there is no provincial campground in Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park with the nearest one at Kekuli Bay Provincial Park located south of Coldstream on Hwy 97 by around 11 km (7 miles). The nearest private campground is at Dutch's Tent & Trailer conveniently situated near the Rotary Pier and Kal Beach Park on Kalamalka Lake Road in Coldstream.

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Information on Kalamalka Lake

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

 

Twin Bays
Twin Bays

 

Juniper Bay
Juniper Bay

 

Jade Bay
Jade Bay

 

Cosens Bay Beach
Cosens Bay Beach

 

Trail to Cosens Bay Beach
Trail to Cosens Bay

 


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