On a hot sunny day, the beach is always the place to be! The Okanagan
Valley is filled with lakes and rivers, hosting a countless number of beautiful
beaches. Whether you’re with friends, family, or your pet, you
can always find a perfect beach, and perfect Okanagan
beach vacation rentals nearby.
Kal Beach – Located on Kalamalka
Lake, the stunning
turquoise waters make this a picture perfect beach. It’s known
as the best beach in Vernon with yellow sands stretching over 300 meters
long and 50 meters wide. There is a marked swimming area, and a long
pier. Kayak and boat rentals are available.
Kaloya Regional Park Beach at Oyama – This picturesque
beach is located right at the southern tip of a peninsula on Kalamalka
Lake, 20km from downtown Vernon. The best swimming area is on the west
side of the beach. A play park, grassy picnic areas, and a lily pad lagoon
make this a family friendly destination. Don’t forget to look for
Hot Sands Beach – City Park – Likely the
best-known beach in Kelowna, Hot Sands (otherwise known as City Park)
is always buzzing with people! It’s right in the heart of downtown,
and parallel to the boardwalk where you can always find local vendors
and snack bars. Amenities include beach volleyball courts, basketball
courts, a playground, waterpark, and a skate park. Don’t forget
to check out the live music on the Parks Alive! stage,
Cedar Creek Park – As the only dog friendly
waterfront park in Kelowna, Cedar Creek is perfect for pet lovers. This
long narrow beach is filled with pebbles, making it a unique place to
Boyce – Gyro Beach – This waterfront area
in Kelowna tends to boast a younger, mostly local crowd. Surrounded by
snack vendors, rental shops, and volleyball courts, there is always something
going on! Kids can join in on the fun with a playground and picnic areas
Tugboat Bay – Waterfront Park – If for
nothing else, you need to visit the beach for the unbeatable views of
Lake Okanagan! Right at the heart of Kelowna, this area boasts landscaped
gardens, sandy beaches, and boat rentals. With some luck, you may spot
some wildlife in the rotary marshes, or catch a live performance on the
Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park – Within over
10,000 hectares of rugged landscape there are half a dozen marine campgrounds
to be discovered. Go fishing, and explore the sheltered beaches in the
area. Note that provincial parks do not have lifeguards on duty.
Okanagan Lake Provincial Park – A favorite year-round,
this beach is a boating, waterskiing, and windsurf destination. Located
directly across the lake from the Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park,
you could explore both in one day! The park fringes the beach with trees
and grassy areas. Note that provincial parks do not have lifeguards
Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park – A short form
of “Sunny Okanagan” and it is just that! Located near Summerland,
this south facing beach stretches 500 meters long. With fine, soft sand
and water mostly clear of rocks, it’s a great destination for a
day of swimming and relaxing! Bring a picnic, and if you’re feeling
very adventurous, rent a jet ski! Note that provincial parks do not
have lifeguards on duty.
Okanagan Lake Beach - Close to the heart of Penticton,
this red sand beach stretches 1 km long, and is surrounded by 20 acres
of park. The waterpark, beach slides, floating docks, playground, and
duck pond make this area great for families! There is a marina for boat
owner, and watersport equipment rentals available. Keep an eye out for
the sand art studio in August.
Okanagan Lake Park Beach – This small beach
has a fenced off area for dogs, and day moorage for boats. The Penticton
Creek flows into the Lake so it’s likely you’ll spot some
waterfowl in the area. Keep an eye out for festivals as they are on quite
frequently in the summer months.
Sudbury Beach – The opposite side of Penticton
hosts a huge beach area located on Skaha Lake. There are floating docks,
waterslides, and concession stands. Only 4 km from Okanagan Lake Beach,
it would be easy to visit both in a day.
Gyro Beach – This area, (Osoyoos) hosts the
warmest lakes in Canada making Gyro a must-see (and must-swim) beach.
It’s neighbored by a community park, so bring along a picnic. For
a great view of the area, try parasailing.