British Columbia Travel Guide
The unofficial BC Travel & Tourism Guide
If you enjoy the unique landscapes that occur when desert lands meet lakes and rivers, Okanagan Falls is for you. Situated at the southern end of Skaha Lake (which is an extension of Okanagan Lake, in the famous Okanagan Valley) the small town (population 6000) got its name from two waterfalls that used to exist on the south-flowing Okanagan River. Although the falls have been reduced to help control flooding, the river and its wonderful flora and fauna remain a delight to residents and tourists. Vaseux Lake, White Lake Grasslands, and Okanagan Falls Provincial Parks are all concentrated in the area.
Visitors will enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the town with its lakeshore, beaches and parks. The pioneer-built Bassett House is a heritage building that has become the Okanagan Falls Museum. Visitors are welcome at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, a facility specializing in deep space observation and radio astronomy. Boating, swimming, and parasailing are very popular during the clear, dry and hot British Columbia summers. The long hours of sunshine and moderate winters have also made the region famous for soft fruits. In recent decades, several award-winning wineries have located here as well.
Fishing and bird watching are very popular along the waterways. Wildlife in the surrounding hills includes bighorn sheep, deer, white elk, bear, moose and cougar. A variety of bats are of special interest in Okanagan Falls Provincial Park, which is also the site of restoration work on Sockeye salmon spawning grounds.
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