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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Okanagan Falls

Okanagan Falls
Okanagan Falls is approximately 20 km (12 miles) south of Penticton and about 21 km (12.5 miles) north of Oliver on Hwy 97.

Located on Beautiful Skaha Lake
The town is located at the very south end of beautiful Skaha Lake where the Okanagan River begins to flow further south into the Okanagan Valley. Okanagan Falls was named after a set of falls that used to be located here, but disappeared when a weir was installed to control the flow of the Okanagan River.

On Hwy 97
Okanagan Falls is a small community comprised of a small downtown situated on Hwy 97 as you pass through. Located here are a hotel, legion, gas station, condominiums, various antique stores, a liquor outlet and a large new IGA grocery store.

Okanagan Falls Provincial Park
There is also a provincial park located just past the weir called Okanagan Falls Provincial Park. Campground facilities are available at the park but this is a non-reserve site so be prepared to wait in line - it can be popular.

Beaches on Skaha Lake
Close by you will find a three-hectare park called Christie Memorial Provincial Park. If you need a place to relax, the park offers 150 metres (492 feet) of white sandy beach on Skaha Lake, a day-use/picnic area and public washrooms. Next door to Christie Memorial Provincial Park is another sandy beach at Kenyon Regional Park.

Local Pier
There is even a boat launch available located close by at the end of Main Street. If you want to try your luck at fishing, there is a local pier available to the public. This is a very popular park and you will really enjoy the swimming and recreation possibilities available.

Kettle Valley Railway Trail
While at the park if you look to the west you'll notice an impressive trestle that crosses the lake. This is the Okanagan Falls Trestle that is used for recreational use along the Kettle Valley Railway Trail.

KVR to Penticton
If you wish you can take the KVR north all the way to Kaleden and beyond to Penticton. The trail follows the shore of Skaha Lake and offers incredible views of the vineyards and lake around Okanagan Falls.

South to Vaseux Lake
Please note the KVR does continue south from here along the Okanagan River for one km (.6 mile) or so. Eventually though, the trail fades out and you will not be able to cross at the Okanagan River. The KVR route does pick up on the south side of Vaseux Lake at McAlpine Bridge and Hwy 97, but you will either have to take Hwy 97 or Oliver Ranch Road south to Vaseux Lake.

Golden Mile in Oliver
If you're on your way to the Golden Mile in Oliver or Osoyoos, make a point of stopping in at Okanagan Falls. With five conveniently located wineries your tour becomes even more complete.

Take Corkscrew Drive for Your Wine Tour
Nicknamed the Corkscrew Drive, the tour will guide you from Blasted Church Winery located on Eastside Road overlooking Skaha Lake to the wineries overlooking Vaseux Lake.

Panoramic Views of the Okanagan Valley
Please remember your camera, the vineyards and the panoramic views of the Okanagan Valley are awe-inspiring. If you happen to be doing the KVR or a bike route this makes a better route than Hwy 97.

Oliver Ranch Road
Going north from Oliver, once you're at Vaseux Lake, look for Oliver Ranch Road near the Provincial Park, turn here, the adventure begins. Coming from Penticton, Eastside Road meanders down Skaha Lake eventually to Okanagan Falls. Once here the road makes a large curve and turns into 7th Avenue, look for Maple Street. Continue on Maple, this will eventually turn into Oliver Ranch Road.

Tickleberry's Ice Cream
If you're passing through Okanagan Falls on Hwy 97, one store that has passed the test of time has to be Tickleberry's. Well known throughout the Okanagan Valley, Tickleberry's can offer you perhaps the best selection of ice cream in the Okanagan Valley with, at last count, 265 different kinds.

Antiques and Curios
Okanagan Falls throughout the years has always been a place to find collectibles. If you're collecting or would like to browse check out the antique and curio stores located on Main Street as you go through town.

Okanagan Falls Flea and Farmers' Market
There is also the Okanagan Falls Flea and Farmers' Market located on Hwy 97 near the MarketPlace IGA. This is the largest flea market in the Okanagan that begins once the snow has cleared off the ground and operating every Friday, Saturday, Sunday plus the holidays until the late fall. For more info, contact 250-497-8037.

Accommodation
If you need a place to stay, there are RV parks and motels located just off the highway towards Skaha Lake.

Information on Okanagan Falls

 

 

Okanagan Falls
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Weir on Okanagan River
Control of Okanagan River

 

Christie Memorial Park
Christie Memorial Provincial Park

 

Okanagan Falls
Okanagan Falls

 

Blasted Church Winery
Blasted Church Winery

 
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