Some say this is Okanagan, ancestral home of the people so named, and ‘head of the river’ in that the falls here were a barrier beyond which the Columbia River salmon could not pass. When the dam was built here to control flooding, the thunderous falls became just another rough spot in the river.
What remains today is a riverside oasis set amongst stands of deciduous trees. The park is rich in animal and bird life and is famous for a variety of small bats that live in the area. Recreational activities include canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking and camping. The nearest boat launch is on Skaha Lake on the bottom of Main Street in Okanagan Falls.
The park has 25 vehicle/tent sites and provides flush and pit toilets, picnic tables, fire pits, firewood and water. The campground is also wheelchair accessible. Open March 30 to October 15 weather permitting.
The town is best visited for its tasty pleasures: it’s home to the famous chocolate factory Snowy Mountain Chocolate, the largest ice-cream cone seeler in the valley, Tickleberry’s; and the world-famous fruit-snack producer, Okanagan Dried Fruit. Wineries in the area include the Wild Goose Vineyards, the Blue Mountain Vineyards, LeComte Vineyards, and Stag Hollow Winery. Take a self-guided wine tour, and experience the magic first hand.
The park is located south of Penticton on Highway 97, near the charming town of Okanagan Falls.
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