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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Vaseux Lake

Vaseux Lake
Vaseux Lake is situated on Hwy 97 just north of Oliver by 14.5 km (9 miles) and south of Okanagan Falls by 10 km (6 miles).

"The Muddy Bottom"
Taken from the French Canadian word referring to the muddy bottom, Vaseux Lake is a small lake approximately 3 km (1.8 miles) long, featuring a large bird sanctuary near a provincial park located on the lakeshore.

Vaseux Wildlife Centre
If you enjoy bird watching, this park is very popular for spotting and admiring the many different types of birds that migrate through the Okanagan region. A good location is using the bird blinds located at the Vaseux Wildlife Centre. When you visit the centre, try and view the California bighorn sheep that can be seen grazing high on the bluffs.

Smallmouth and Bigmouth Bass
This lake is also very relaxing as they only allow non motorized boats on it. If you enjoy fishing Vaseux Lake has carp, sunfish, smallmouth and bigmouth bass, whitefish as well as Kokanee, and cutthroat trout.

Vaseux Lake Provincial Park
A good spot in which to park your vehicle and launch your kayak or canoe, is at Vaseux Lake Provincial Park situated just off Hwy 97.

McIntyre Bluffs
As you drive through the Vaseux Lake, look towards the southwest and you will notice some cliffs that rise straight up for 250 metres (820 feet). This area is called the McIntyre Bluffs - the site of a large concentration of native pictographs. If you're interested in this First Nation heritage, visit McIntyre Canyon Regional Park located on the south end of Vaseux Lake.

Incredible View of the Okanagan Valley
For hikers there is a trail that goes to the top of McIntyre Bluffs. Once you're at the top, the view of Vaseux Lake and the valley beyond is incredible. The trailhead can be a little hard to find as you have to go through private property.

Local Directions
For directions make sure you pick up the free pamphlet "Exploring the South Okanagan Roads & Trails" found at the Visitor Info Centre in Oliver. Remember this is rattlesnake country so please take the normal precautions.

Scheduled Hikes
If you enjoy scheduled hikes with a local group, contact either the Oliver-Osoyoos or South Okanagan Naturalists for more information regarding planned nature walks.

Wineries and Vineyard Tours
Vaseux Lake has a few wineries in the area, notably Corkscrew Drive on the way to Okanagan Falls. Once you're at Vaseux Lake Provincial Park parking lot, look across Hwy 97 for Oliver Ranch Road. Follow Oliver Ranch Road north to Okanagan Falls through the hillside vineyards and various wineries.

Trans Canada-Kettle Valley Railway Trail
The original rail bed of the now-defunct Kettle Valley Railway used to go on the west side of Vaseux Lake. Unfortunately if you are biking and looking forward to the trail, it does not go through because of a missing bridge crossing the Okanagan River.

KVR South
If you are going south to Oliver, you can pick up a small section of the trail south of Vaseux Lake at McAlpine Bridge and Hwy 97. The KVR follows the 18.4 kms (11.5 miles) multi-use Oliver Bicycling and Hiking Trail to the north side of Osoyoos Lake.

KVR North
If you are going north from Vaseux Lake, the KVR is pretty well all gone until Okanagan Falls where you can pick up the start of the trail at the Okanagan Falls Trestle. The KVR Trail then travels on the west side of Skaha Lake through Kaleden eventually to the south side of Penticton.

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McIntyre Bluffs
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