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Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park
Skaha Bluffs are located on the east side of Skaha Lake just south of Penticton.

How to get Here
In order to get to the Skaha Bluffs from Penticton, take South Main Street to Smythe Drive. This is approximately 3 km (2 miles) south of the main beach at Skaha Lake. You then travel left or east on Smythe Drive up a steep gravel road, which then changes to pavement for most of the way, to a large parking lot.

TLC Partnership with BC Government
Skaha Bluffs at one time had limited access and sections like the original parking lot were held in private hands. Through a careful negotiation and a funds raiser, lead by the Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC), Mountain Equipment Co-op and Nature Conservancy of Canada, a 304 hectares (751 acres) property next to the Skaha Bluffs has been acquired.

Class A Provincial Park Status
By partnership with these and other groups and with the BC government adding 179 hectares (442 acres) of Crown Land the Skaha Bluffs has since been given British Columbia Class A provincial park status. The newly established park is comprised of fairly rugged terrain, riparian areas and some shrub-steppe grasslands in a coniferous forest setting. The bluff area is also known to include California bighorn sheep and several species of wildlife at risk.

Rock Climbing
The Skaha Bluffs are a very popular rock climbing destination in British Columbia. The climbing routes through the bluffs have been clearly defined in maps and various books and are internationally known as a world-class climbing destination. From the parking lot there are various signs and trails pointing out the way to go for the various climbing routes which are situated in three parallel canyons.

Climbing Routes
Most of the climbs are generally less than 30 meters (100 feet) high. A favourite climbing route and one of the first to come to when walking into the park is called the 'Fortress.' From the top of this bluff there is a beautiful view overlooking Skaha Lake and Penticton. Other notable climbs and names include the Doctors Wall, The Great White Wall, The Grand Canyon, The Belfry and Red Tail. Many of the climbs have existing bolts, anchors and holds already set in the various rock faces making it easier for novice climbers.

Park Facilities
The facilities at Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park are very limited. Located at the large parking lot are some pit toilets, signs and a notice board. There is no water available at all in the park, so make sure you pack some in as the area is very dry and dehydration can come on quick.

Panoramic Views
The park has several trails offering outstanding panoramic views of Skaha Lake towards Kaleden from several vistas, wildlife viewing opportunities and an opportunity to watch and get introduced into rock climbing. For people who enjoy a good walk there is a trail route that circumvents the park. The trails are quite rugged so a good hiking boot with lots of ankle support is highly recommended.

Information, Maps and Books on Skaha Bluffs
If you require more information on of the Skaha Bluffs a laminated map at a cost of four dollars can be obtained through Peach City Runners & Nordic Ski on 214 Main Street in Penticton. A book by local climber Howie Richardson offered from Elaho Publishing called, "Skaha Rockclimbs" is helpful. There is also Skaha Climbing website that includes routes and local discussion.

Skaha Rock Adventures Ltd.
For people learning to climb or would like to have a guide experience you have several options available including Skaha Rock Adventures Ltd. Operating from Penticton into to the Skaha Bluffs since 1993, Skaha Rock Adventures offers technical training in a wide variety of instructional and guiding services.

Information on the Skaha Bluffs

 

Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park
Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

 

Skaha Bluffs
Skaha Bluffs

 

Rock Climbers
Rock Climbers

 

Skaha Lake
Skaha Lake

 

Rugged Terrain
Rugged Terrain

 

View of Kaleden and Skaha Lake
View of Kaleden and Skaha Lake

 

Rock Climbers at Skaha Bluffs
Rock Climbers at Skaha Bluffs

 
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