Flowers in the Thompson Okanagan, Photo Allen Jones

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Pinantan Lake

Pinantan Lake is popular for swimming, kayaking and canoeing as well as fishing, especially for Rainbow trout. Being close to Kamloops it also has golfing and other outdoor activities easily accessible. The region is also home to abundant wildlife, and the birding enthusiast will be able to spy many different species home to the Thompson Okanagan.

The fun doesn’t stop in the winter either. When Pinantan Lake ices over from November to mid April, rainbow trout in the 1-pound range are numerous. And they offer fast action on trolling and spinning gear. A good mayfly hatch is a bonus for the fly fishers. Additionally, Harper Mountain is one of the hidden secrets of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia. This family-friendly ski hill offers great Okanagan powder for downhill skiers and snowboarders, as well as night skiing and cross-country trails – all at affordable prices.


Pinantan Lake is located 33 km (20 mi) northeast of Kamloops via Hwy 5 and Paul Lake Road. The trip from Kamloops will only take about 20 minutes.

A Step Back in Time

The name Pinantan means ‘shoe’ or ‘moccasin’ in traditional Aboriginal language. The lake was given this name because its shape resembles a moccasin.

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