Lake Okanagan
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If you spot Ogopogo, the legendary lake monster said to inhabit these waters, you'll make headline news, but other than that, you're sure to enjoy all the recreational activities this 82-mile long lake has to offer: swimming, boating, parasailing and all types of water sports.
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Ali M
Calgary, Canada23 contributions
Oct. 2022
You can do a variety of activities here. What we did was just enjoying the spectacular views over the lake during a sunset. There are a couple of nice cafes, where you can dine or have a drink as well :-)
Written October 19, 2022
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steve p
Lloydminster, Canada6 contributions
Aug. 2022
The best Canada has to offer everything is here our California but surrounded by friendly people .
Hot clean fun
Written August 8, 2022
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Preston
Moose Jaw, Canada4 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Family
This was honestly super fun I went on a 2 hour boat ride and it was awesome took off from kelowna off a peaceful boat and hit some awesome waves
Written July 25, 2022
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OnAnotherJourney
Canada294 contributions
Jul. 2022 • Couples
This giant lake can be viewed and accessed from multiple communities. We spent time at the lake in Vernon. Local friends told us that part of the lake was quiet for a Sunday (ie few boats) and as small town folks we appreciated that quiet. If you enjoy doing things in the water, the options are seemingly endless.
Written July 20, 2022
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wbauer56
Oakville, Canada21 contributions
Jul. 2022
This lake reminds me a lot of Lago di Garda in Italy
minus the mass tourists in Italy
It offers everything, Great hikes , bicycle routes,
beaches everywhere, Wineries, fine dining,
great fruit stands,
in short this is the jewel in Canada
Written July 16, 2022
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PookyCake
Victoria, Canada13,343 contributions
Jun. 2021
When visiting the Okanagan, one will inevitably come upon Lake Okanagan – it’s impossible NOT to. This pristine body of water, the largest in the Okanagan Valley, stretches on for 135 kilometers and runs alongside the communities of Vernon (in the north), Kelowna (at its mid-point) and Penticton (south). Over 30 beaches dot the lake and strongly hint at its recreational value; in fact, during summer, it’s not uncommon to see people enjoying the sandy/pebbly beaches, boating, fishing, swimming, kayaking and even pedal-boating. Outside of wineries, I’d say Lake Okanagan is perhaps the defining symbol of this region of BC.

For me, though, I most often associate Lake Okanagan with the Ogopogo – the cryptid said to inhabit these waters. When I was younger, this “monster,” like Nessie of Loch Ness fame, captured my imagination. I remember the family and I were driving through the Okanagan in the early 1990s, when I was less than 10 years old. I was bound and determined to see the Ogopogo. As such, when we entered a lovely stretch of highway adjacent the lake, I basically demanded we stop . . . and wait. To their credit, the folks humoured me and parked for nearly an hour. As we waited, I thumbed through my newly purchased OGOPOGO book by Arlene Gaal. Sadly, we came up empty-handed!

This past summer my partner and I enjoyed the sights of the Okanagan, including the lake. As we drove along the highway, we both commented on the “what if” scenarios: “Hey, what if Ogopogo rears its head out of the water right now!?” We know that’s not likely, but it’s still fun to imagine! If nothing else, the legend of Ogopogo adds colour and panache to the region.

While it’s fun to imagine “monsters” like Ogopogo existing deep below the surface, I tend to appreciate the First Nations understanding of Ogopogo as a “spirit” and “protector” of the lake. In this way, the legendary Ogopogo becomes much more than a fantastical creature; it transcends the cartoons and becomes a poignant metaphor for sustainability and the importance of environmental stewardship.

Lake Okanagan, as a physical body of water, is a symbol of the region. It is rich in recreational opportunities but, at the same time, it – and what dwells within – can teach us much if we have the ears to listen. When you’re visiting the Okanagan, make sure to stop, appreciate and enjoy this lake!
Written October 23, 2021
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Reggie
Regina, Canada859 contributions
Aug. 2021
Very enjoyable lake and area to explore. The lake tends to be very busy and some areas can get congested, but it is large and quieter areas can be found.
Written August 12, 2021
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Terry Dolker
Abbotsford, Canada2 contributions
Jun. 2021
Beautiful lake warm and clean lots of space for everybody to picnic and or just lay on the beach and tan
Written July 13, 2021
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AbCanada
Penticton, Canada315 contributions
Jan. 2021 • Couples
This is one f the cleanest and most beautiful lakes in Canada. Beautiful beaches, clean water and gorgeous scenery all through the valley. A “must experience”!
Written January 25, 2021
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Evaristo Carriego
2 contributions
Dec. 2020
Excellent location and nice facilities, but poor management. No light on the corridor to see the door lock, the first door lock didn't work, I got moved to another room, owner spoke unintelligible English, receptionist wouldn't come to help open the door. Such a wonderful site definitely deserves a more professional and client-oriented management.
Written December 25, 2020
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