In order to provide you with first hand knowledge about the top 10 best beaches in the Okanagan BC, we felt it was important to do this leg of research as in depth as possible ;-)
The Okanagan is well known for some of the most beautiful beaches BC has, with literally hundreds of miles of soft sand and wonderful warm waters. Actually, we think we may just have the best beaches in all of British Columbia! ;-) Sometimes we forget just where we live!
There are more than 30 beaches in the Okanagan, from Osoyoos to perfect Okanagan lake beaches in Penticton, to the great city beaches in Kelowna, Vernon BC and Salmon Arm (Shuswap), to just relax on. And, yes, you can enjoy some pretty cheap beach vacations here.
For us, this adds up to a whole lot of summer relaxation, one of our own personal favorite fun summer activities.
One thing to note, if you plan on bringing a pet along, they'll have to stick to the few pet friendly beaches available. Though not many, the canine companions can cool off and play in the water too!
Most of the best beaches in the Okanagan have amenities like beach volleyball, slides for children, floating docks, and lots of grassy areas, as well as some fire pits right on the beach, and great picnic and barbecue spots. It's really all you need for a day at the beach, right?
As well, you can rent watersport equipment like power boats, Jet Skis®, windsurfers and paddleboats, or try out parasailing rides for a birds eye view of the lakes.
Well, ok, we'll admit that finding the best Okanagan BC beach wasn't actually all that hard! One thing to note is that there are No Lifeguards at public beaches the Okanagan, however swimming areas are generally well marked with water buoys.
The largest lake in the interior British Columbia region is Okanagan Lake (or Lake Okanagan), which stretches from the city of Penticton all the way through Kelowna and north to Vernon BC.
On the southern shore of Okanagan Lake in the city of Penticton BC, you'll find Okanagan beach. It is both a favorite for locals and for visitors. The mile long beach extends along Lakeshore Drive and is backed by motels, restaurants, a playground and splashpark, and is walking distance to downtown, Loco Landing amusement park, and a local skateboard park. The beach is lined with shady trees, the water is shallow and there's watersport equipment rentals available as well.Boyce-Gyro Park Beach (Kelowna)
Located just south of Kelowna BC city centre, Boyce Gyro Park is a large beautiful park with picnic tables, a large playground, volleyball, washrooms and concession and shallow swimming area, as well as a rental shop with paddle boats and other watersport equipment. Numerous motels are located within a short distance from this park, as well as the Mission shopping centre. It's a great family beach, and a favourite of the younger local crowd.Kal Beach (Vernon BC)
Kalamalka Lake, near Vernon BC is a popular lake for fishing, water sports, boating and swimming, and is surrounded by wilderness and provincial park land.
With a very large area marked for swimming, a warf, two swimming docks with ladders, beach volleyball, washroom and change room building, a family pub style restraunt, and concession stand, kayak rentals, and plenty of shade, Kal beach is one of the best beaches in the city of Vernon BC.
Skaha Lake, between Penticton and Okanagan Falls, is surrounded by vineyards and overlooked by Skaha Bluffs rock climbing area, and has beaches at both ends.
On the north end of the city of Penticton is beautiful long Skaha Beach which offers a clean, well kept, family beach backed by a large grassy park with shade trees, picnic tables, tennis court, outdoor hockey court, basketball court, a watersplash park, playground marina and boat launch. Check out the best beaches pictures of Skaha beach in our photo gallery. You'll also find two concession stands, washrooms, and it's within walking distance to a number of local motels.Canoe Beach Salmon Arm - Shuswap
A large public sandy beach located on the shores of Shuswap Lake in the city of Salmon Arm, Canoe beach has a beautiful sandy beach with a roped off swimming area and big beautiful shady trees. There's grassy picnic areas, a beach volleyball court and a boat launch, as well as change facilities and washrooms.
Sun-Oka beach is a day use only regional park located in Trout Creek, south of Summerland BC. This is a beautiful park, very popular for watersports, with an area to pull a boat up onto the beach. There is changeroom facilities and a concession, picnic tables, firepits (check campfire bans befor use) and lots of shady trees.Sicamous Sands Beach (Sicamous)
The Shuswap Lakes and Mara Lake in the North Okanagan - Shuswap region attract those in search of a houseboat vacations in the summer.
Sicamous Sands public beach & park in Sicamous BC has playground & kids water park, beach volleyball court, picnic tables, change rooms and washrooms a beautiful brick walkway and a boat launch.Mara Lake Provincial Park Shuswap Best Beaches
Mara Provincial Park is a very busy day use only park and beach with a beautiful longad stretch of sandy beach. It's a very busy place, popular for fishing, swimming, picnicing, boating, canoeing, and watersports. There are designated swimming areas, and with busy boat traffic, it is recommended that swimmers stay within those boundaries.Gyro Beach Osoyoos BC
In the South Okanagan Osoyoos Lake (or Lake Osoyoos), is famed as the warmest freshwater lake in Canada.
Osoyoos Lake is the warmest lake in the valley with an average summer temperature of 24°C/70°F and is most popular for wakeboarding, waterskiing, swimming and tubing. Gyro Beach is the largest beach in Osoyoos BC and is the site of many popular summer events. You'll find plenty of shady trees, warm shallow waters and closed off swimming areas, making it a perfect place for children. You can rent persoanl watercrafts, skiies, and tubes for loads of fun.Hot Sands Beach Kelowna
One of Kelowna's best beaches, Hot Sands Beach (City Park) offers volleyball and basketball courts, plenty of grassy fields, a skatepark, as well as washroom and change room facilities. It's is located near Kelowna's downtown centre, close to many restaurants and retail stores and is situated next to a free children's water park and playground, lots of shade trees.
The Okanagan Is Beautiful & Diverse
There are many more beautiful parks and beaches all throughout the Okanagan Valley in addition to this top 10 best beaches list.
Visit our photo gallery and see why the Okanagan is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Canada.
We hope you have time to visit and enjoy some of these little pieces of paradise! Maybe we'll even see you there!