Okanagan Falls Overlooking Skaha Lake from See Ya Later Winery, Photo Destination BC Kari Medig

Okanagan Falls

The small community of Okanagan Falls is situated on Skaha Lake which is popular with locals and visitors alike for its swimming and water sports. It is surrounded with an abundance of things to see and do. Located in wine country you can travel north or south and be spoiled for choice for wine tasting. The best thing to do is pick up a brochure to help you decide. Okanagan Provincial Park is nearby and is well-known among naturalists for its superb bird watching, wildlife viewing, nature study, photography opportunities and a variety of bats. Experience the Kettle Valley Railway Trail Network which travels through vineyards, orchards, and wineries, and offers unparalleled views of Okanagan Lake. This historic former railway is shared by the Trans-Canada Trail and is ideal for walking or cycling.

Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Kaleden Photo Kim Walker

Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, Photo Kim Walker

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory operated by the National Research Council of Canada is internationally known for its research into radio astronomy. The radio telescopes here are used to study the universe and its origins. Visitors can take a self-guided tour.

And while in Okanagan Falls you have to try the famous Tickleberry’s ice cream, chocolates and more. It will keep you coming back!

Location

Okanagan Falls is located on Hwy 97 at the southern end of Skaha Lake in the south Okanagan, 28 km (17 mi) north of Oliver and 26 km (16 mi) south of Penticton.

Te Salmon Chief, Okanagan Falls Photo: Diane Johansen

Te Salmon Chief, Okanagan Falls Photo: Diane Johansen

A Step Back in Time

Located on the southern end of Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley, and known locally as OK Falls, the little community of Okanagan Falls was originally known as Dogtown, from the Okanagan Indian word Skaha (meaning dog), after which the nearby Skaha Lake was named.

The actual Okanagan Falls were reduced to gentle rapids many years ago with the construction of the flood control dam in the 1950s to control the level of water flowing south in the Okanagan River.

The museum in Okanagan Falls was once the little grey Bassett House. It was ordered from the T. Eaton and Company catalogue in 1909 by the pioneer Bassett family, which operated a freight and stagecoach company in the area. Arriving in prefabricated kit form at Okanagan Lake by rail, the house crossed the lake on a sternwheeler and was carried the rest of the way to Okanagan Falls by horse-drawn wagon.

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Okanagan Falls & Nearby Accommodations

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Camp-Along Tent & Trailer Resort

Camp-Along Tent & Trailer Resort

Penticton

Quiet, clean family oriented campground in apricot & pear orchard, high above Skaha Lake. Pool, store, modern washrooms/showers, laundromat facility. Speak Deutsch/Francais ... Read more
Banbury Green RV & Camping Resort

Banbury Green RV & Camping Resort

Kaleden

Nestled away from the city noise, Banbury Green RV & Camping Resort is a peaceful destination for families wanting a fun and relaxing vacation. Our resort is a family-oriented campground with attractively kept lawns and flowerbeds. We have an abundance of shaded areas to stay cool during the warmer ... Read more
Wright's Beach Camp

Wright's Beach Camp

Penticton

Skaha Lake Penticton - sandy swimming beach, outdoor pool, many waterfront sites, full hookups, 30 amp electricity, cable TV, free wireless internet, sani-dump, laundromat, convenience store, arcade, picnic tables, onsite trailer and boat rentals, daily activities program, family entertainment. Chil ... Read more
Barefoot Beach Resort

Barefoot Beach Resort

Penticton

Barefoot Beach Resort is a family-friendly campground with a private beach located on Skaha Lake. Our RV lots include irrigated garden beds along paved pathways under a canopy of established trees. Our Yurt village has 14 units ranging from studio (sleeps 2) to two bedroom layouts (sleeps 6-8), all ... Read more
South Beach Gardens  Campground

South Beach Gardens Campground

Penticton

Located less than 100 yds. From Skaha Lake. Beach. Featuring shady areas with complete hookups. Clean washrooms, hot showers & laundry facilities. Playgrounds for children & fishing pond. Visa accepted. ... Read more
Oxbow RV Resort

Oxbow RV Resort

Penticton

Full hookups, shaded and grassed sites with 30 amp service, coin showers, laundry, ice, pay phones, electric, sewer, water and WiFi. We are family-oriented, near restaurants, marina and right across from the beach. No dogs during July & August. ... Read more
Gallagher Lake | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Gallagher Lake | A Parkbridge Camping & RV Resort

Oliver

Located on the stunning Gallagher Lake in the South Okanagan Valley, Gallagher Lake RV Resort is surrounded by magnificent Ponderosa pines. The perfect destination for family camping, our resort is equipped with modern facilities to make a comfortable stay. With unmatched and consistent good weather ... Read more
Apple Beach RV Park

Apple Beach RV Park

Oliver

Apple Beach is a small, family-run RV Park and campground. We operate a simple, pleasant RV Park on beautiful Tucelnuit Lake. Simply put, Apple Beach is a quiet, friendly park in a lovely location. One firepit on the beach. Big Rig Friendly sites shaded by mature willows. Quiet pets accepted. Rates ... Read more
Desert Lake RV Resort

Desert Lake RV Resort

Oliver

Friendly, clean RV Resort on Tuc-El-Nuit-Lake, full hook-ups, 50 amp service, pull-thrus, cable, phone, guest laundry, hot showers, handicap facilities. Close to golf courses and wineries. Open All Year. Off Season rates available. Big rigs welcome. Pets on approval. ... Read more
Lakeside Resort

Lakeside Resort

Oliver

Resting on beautiful Tuc-el-Nuit Lake in Oliver, Lakeside Resort stretches on landscaped five acre grounds with its own private beach. Our resort provides guests with tranquil views of Tuc-el-Nuit, which is perfect for families to swim in or paddle on in our boats. Offering several types of accommod ... Read more
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