|Imagine the ultimate in tranquility; a true escape from it all - empty beaches, solitude, time to reflect on all that life offers. Vernon can give you this peacefulness and so much more. Choose from at least five clean, sandy public beaches - all away from the downtown core - for soaking up the glorious sun and enjoying the sparkling, clear water. Beach volleyball, jet skiing, water-skiing and a host of other activities are certainly here for the asking. But, if you yearn for a little quiet, you can find that as well. Summer, that wondrous heat, that total escape - come to Vernon this year!..|
|Bolean Lake can be reached by travelling north on Hwy #97 from the city of Vernon. Bolean provides a good Rainbow fishery for trout up to 2-1/2 lbs. Situated near the top of a plateau in the Spa Hills, Bolean is surrounded by gently rolling hills forested in Balsam fir and Englemann spruce. Cutblocks can be seen on the west and southeast sides. ..|
|"The Lake of Many Colours"
Kalamalka Lake, named by National Geographic as one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world, is one of a handful of unique bodie of water known as "marl lakes". When the lake warms in the summer, calcium carbonate (or limestone), forms crystals that reflect sunlight and create the vivd blue and green colours. Temperature changes in the fall and the spring sometimes create ribbons of deep blue colour in the lake. Kalamlaka Lake Provincial Park features hiking, swimming, horseback riding and wildlife viewing.
Lying along Highway 97, between Vernon and Oyama, this lake's beautiful colors attract swimmers, waterskiers and sunbathers to the naturally sheltered coves and warm rocks at Kalamalka Provincial Park.
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|Beautiful Keefer Lake is located in the specatular Monashee Mountains, approximately 84 km east of Vernon on Highway 6, then 14 km north on good gravel road...|
|Mabel Lake can be accessed from Enderby as well as Lumby. If accessing through Enderby, off Highway 97 in the northern portion of Okanagan Similkameen, Mabel Lake is popular with boaters, canoeists and anglers. From Enderby turn east (right) and follow the road about 37 km (23 mi) to King Fisher on Mabel Lake. Another route to the lake is from Vernon east to Lumby and then, from Lumby travel northeast to Shuswap Falls. At Shuswap Falls, turn north and follow the road to Mabel. This way will give you access to the east side of the lake, and its beautiful Provincial Park. Mabel is a large lake that provides a very good fishery for Rainbow, Dolly Varden, Lake trout, Kokanee and Whitefish. Fish tend to be very large with Rainbows reaching up to 8 lbs or better, and Lake trout that have been caught up to 18 lbs, Dollies will reach up to 12 lbs, while Kokanee average 1 to 2 lbs...|
|This lake is the largest in the region, running 120 km from Vernon to Penticton, and featuring a range of activities from parasailing to windsurfing, houseboating and fishing. Aboard a variety of rented rivercraft visitors can float 6 km on the channel that connects this lake with Skaha Lake. The lake has a surface area of 86,000 acres, averaging 250 feet in depth and reaching a maximum depth of 800 feet. The water residence or renewal time is calculated to be 60 years.
Okanagan Lake is home to British Columbia's most infamous and elusive water creature, Ogopogo, which supposedly lives on the bottom on the lake. Ogopogo dates back to the First Nations people arriving in this area. This snake like creature has been around for hundreds of years, and the sightings still continue. Ogopogo has become part of BC folklore and is a protected species under the provincial wildlife act. ..
|Turn north at Cherryville on the road to Brenda Falls, and travel for about 17 km (10.5 mi) to the south end of Sugar Lake. Stocked yearly with 10,000 Gerrard Rainbows, Sugar is reporting good catches of Rainbows up to 5 lbs Dolly Varden have been caught up to 12 lbs. ..|
|This large, shallow lake at the North end of Vernon is an ideal habitat for waterfowl nesting, breeding and migration. Be sure to take your binoculars along, to better watch the many ducks, shorebirds. Osprey and Herons, from the public access at Meadowlark Road...|