Okanagan Lake in Kelowna
(Don Weixl photo)

Thompson Okanagan

Beaches & Swimming

Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)

Kids swimming (Picture BC photo)

Okanagan beaches were named the #2 "Best Beaches in Canada" in TripAdvisor's 2011 Readers Choice Awards.

The Okanagan Valley is the warmest and driest part of BC, with pockets of semi-arid desert as well as Canada's only true desert. It also contains an enormous number of lakes, most of which are warm and wonderful swimming destinations.

Beach and water sports of every description are played here and, with gorgeous lake, orchard and mountain views everywhere you look, picnicking is practically mandatory.

For family fun close to lots of conveniences and amenities, visit the city beaches in Kelowna, Penticton and Osoyoos. If you prefer to leave the city behind, opt for a provincial park such as Haynes Point or Shuswap Lake. The best time for sunning and swimming in this region is from June through September.

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