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May01

Fishing in Lake Okanagan

Fishing in Lake Okanagan can be a fantastic experience, with a diverse range of fish species and stunning scenery. Some of the most popular fish species in the lake include Kokanee Salmon, Rainbow Trout, Smallmouth Bass, and Walleye.

Fishing from the shore is a common way to fish in Lake Okanagan, with many public access points available. For those who prefer to fish from a boat, there are several marinas around the lake that offer rental boats. Before you head out, be sure to check the fishing regulations for the area, as there may be restrictions on gear types and catch limits.

Whether you’re a seasoned angler or just starting out, Lake Okanagan offers plenty of opportunities for a successful fishing trip. So pack your gear, grab a fishing license, and head out to enjoy some of the best fishing in British Columbia.

Lake Okanagan is home to a variety of fish species, including:

  1. Kokanee Salmon – These are land-locked salmon that are popular among anglers. They are usually caught in the spring and fall when they are spawning.
  2. Rainbow Trout – Rainbow trout are another popular species in Lake Okanagan. They are typically caught using lures, flies, or bait, and are known for their fighting spirit when hooked.
  3. Smallmouth Bass – Smallmouth Bass are native to Lake Okanagan and are a popular target for anglers. They are most commonly caught using artificial lures, and are known for their hard-hitting strikes and acrobatic jumps.
  4. Walleye – Walleye are a predatory species that are commonly caught using live bait, jigs, or crankbaits. They are usually caught in the deeper parts of the lake and are known for their excellent table quality.
  5. Yellow Perch – Yellow Perch are a small, tasty species that are often caught in shallow waters using bait or small jigs.

These are just a few of the many species that can be found in Lake Okanagan, and the best time to catch them varies depending on the species and the time of year. Before you go fishing, be sure to check the local regulations for catch limits and fishing methods, as these can vary based on the species and the location.

Apr23

The Bear Creek Canyon Trail is a popular hike in Bear Creek Provincial Park, located on the west side of Okanagan Lake in Kelowna. The trail follows the creek through a narrow canyon with steep walls and several waterfalls, making it a beautiful and scenic hike.

The trail is approximately 3.5 kilometers long and is rated as moderate difficulty due to the rocky terrain and steep sections. The trailhead is located near the parking lot at the end of Westside Road, and the hike typically takes around 2-3 hours to complete round trip.

Along the trail, hikers will have the opportunity to see several waterfalls, including Bear Creek Falls, which drops over 60 feet into a pool below. The trail also offers scenic views of the surrounding forests and canyon walls, as well as opportunities to see wildlife like black bears, deer, and birds.

Overall, the Bear Creek Canyon Trail is a beautiful and rewarding hike in Kelowna that offers a great opportunity to explore the natural beauty of the area.

Apr09

Kelowna, located in British Columbia, Canada, is home to a diverse range of animal species, including:

  1. Bears: Bears are common in the forests and mountains surrounding Kelowna. They are omnivorous and feed on berries, nuts, insects, and occasionally small mammals. It’s important to be aware of bear safety when hiking in the area, as bears can be dangerous if surprised or threatened.
  2. Coyotes: Coyotes are found throughout Kelowna, especially in urban areas. They are opportunistic feeders and will eat anything from small mammals to fruit and garbage. Coyotes are generally not aggressive towards humans but can become habituated to people if they are fed or encouraged to approach.
  3. Deer: White-tailed deer are common in Kelowna, especially in suburban and rural areas. They are herbivores and feed on plants and shrubs.
  4. Raccoons: Raccoons are found in urban and suburban areas of Kelowna. They are omnivores and will eat almost anything, including garbage and pet food left outside. Raccoons can carry diseases, so it’s important to avoid contact with them and to secure any potential food sources.
  5. Skunks: Skunks are common in Kelowna and can be found in both urban and rural areas. They are omnivorous and will eat insects, plants, and small mammals. Skunks can spray a strong-smelling liquid as a defense mechanism, so it’s important to avoid getting too close.
  6. Bighorn sheep: Bighorn sheep are found in the mountains surrounding Kelowna. They are herbivores and feed on grasses and shrubs.
  7. Ospreys: Ospreys are a type of bird of prey found in the Kelowna area. They feed primarily on fish and can be seen fishing in lakes and rivers.
  8. Snakes: The are a variety of snakes located in the Okanagan since they love the warm weather like we do Night Snake, Rubber Boa. Racer, Western Rattlesnake, Great Basin Gopher Snake, Common Garter, Terrestrial Garter most snakes other then the Rattlesnake are harmless to humans but we want to be cautious when stepping over logs – a simple way to make sure there is no snake getting a shaded nap is to just run your stick under the log before stepping over. Making sure we warn the snake that we are about to come near before we abruptly wake them from their nap. Please be sure to do your reading about snakes and the rattle snake safety.
  9. Geese: Kelowna is home to several species of geese, including the Canada goose. Canada geese are a common sight in the area, particularly in parks and near bodies of water like Okanagan Lake. These geese are migratory and breed in the northern parts of Canada, returning to Kelowna and other parts of southern Canada during the fall and winter months. Canada geese are known for their distinctive honking calls and their V-shaped flying formation during migration. In Kelowna, Canada geese can often be seen grazing on grassy areas, swimming in the lake, or flying overhead.

These are just a few examples of the many animal species that can be found in Kelowna. The area is home to a diverse range of wildlife, and it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and to respect the animals and their habitats.

Jun28

 

Looking for a place to spend the day with family? From hiking, playing, and swimming Fintry Provincial Park has it all!

Swimming and Playing:
Are you looking to build sandcastles, and swim with your new favourite floatie that you picked up from LaCasa Market? Our beautiful Lake Okanagan surrounds each area of Westside Road, and you can enjoy the beauty of the lake while in it. Follow Fintry Delta Road all the way down to the parking lot where you will find a beach, picnic tables, and public washrooms for you and your family to enjoy.

Exploring Fintry Falls:
As you drive across the bridge entering Fintry Provincial Park there will be parking on the left side of Fintry Delta Road (note: currently there is some construction going on so parking may be limited) once parked you will see a few of the many heritage houses. As you begin walking up the staircase the beautiful flowing falls will appear. The hike is listed as “easy” and is made for all ages – the climb is worth the view. Instructions to find Fintry Falls can be found here!

Fintry Playground:
Recently added to the beautiful Fintry Provincial Park was a playground, picnic table and grass area to enjoy. Follow the road past the campsites towards the lake to find the newly added playground area for the entire family to enjoy.

Paddle Boarding and Kayaking on Lake Okanagan is a must! Don’t have one? No worries – we offer rentals visit our rental page or our booking page to see what we have available!

See you at the lake!

Jun21

Are you eager to explore the local area and get to know its history? Start at Fintry Estates and Provincial Park!

Captain James Dun-waters purchased what was then called the “Delta” in the 19th century and soon renamed the area to “Fintry” after his hometown in Scotland. Fintry is now well-known for its Historical Heritage Buildings, as well as camping, swimming, and exploring.

Heritage Buildings:
There are several Heritage Buildings to be explored in Fintry and they have been restored so we can continue to enjoy the history that Fintry brought to Westside Road. A few of the heritage buildings that can be found are:

  • Barn Complex + Hay shed Granary
    • Horse Barn
    • Dairy Barn
    • Pig Barn
  • Site of “Chalet”
  • Path to Falls and Pelton Wheel water intake
  • Hayfields-Orchard Site
  • Manor House
  • Sundial
  • Copper Beech + Weeping Beech
  • Dog Kennel
  • Alice’s Grave
Each of the above sites have a sign which tells you about the history and what the purpose of each area was intended for. Be sure to check out each area to learn more about Captain James Dun-waters. Below is a picture of the “site map” so you can find each point of interest.

Check out the “self guided tour map” here!