Suncruiser Okanagan - - CONTENTS - By Steve Fen­nell

Few ar­eas in West­ern Canada match the beauty of BC’s Okana­gan Val­ley and its all-en­com­pass­ing com­mu­ni­ties and lakes. From May to Oc­to­ber, the Tri-Lake re­gion bus­tles with ac­tiv­ity, on and off the wa­ter. Whether you hit the wa­ter from the three main com­mu­ni­ties of Kelowna, Ver­non, or Pen­tic­ton – and any­where in be­tween or beyond – ex­cite­ment for 2018 awaits with many ac­tiv­i­ties, events and new ex­pe­ri­ences to en­joy.

Ad­ven­ture here is at your doorstep. While there are many desti­na­tions and lakes to visit, Okana­gan Lake – the largest in the re­gion – is a great place to start. It stretches 134 km (84 mi) and is dot­ted with mul­ti­ple mari­nas, yacht clubs, rental com­pa­nies and sev­eral boat­ing-friendly restau­rants and re­sorts (see page 26). In other words, there’s al­ways an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance your visit – day or night.

Yet, get­ting away from it all is the name of the game here. Nav­i­gate to the north­east­ern shore of Okana­gan Lake – near Ver­non – and visit stun­ning El­li­son Pro­vin­cial Park, which en­com­passes 220 ha (543 ac) of forested bench lands set above rocky shore­lines and shel­tered coves. Or, head south from Kelowna

near Peach­land and spend some “quiet time” in Com­mando Bay and Okana­gan Moun­tain Park. More seclu­sion can be found at Re­luc­tant Dragon Cove, which is within an earshot of Rat­tlesnake Is­land.

Fur­ther south is Pen­tic­ton where you can visit pop­u­lar Skaha Lake Park with its sandy beach and warm wa­ters, which pro­vide an­other great place to swim, en­joy wa­ter­sports, or sim­ply bask in the sun while drift­ing on a pad­dle­board. If you’re se­ri­ous about a wet­ting a line, the Okana­gan (as a whole) is known for its ac­tive white­fish, bur­bot, rain­bow trout and large Koka­nee salmon.

What’s more, you can also take a break from the wa­ter and en­joy the many pop­u­lar events. With so many vi­brant com­mu­ni­ties, there are al­ways a mul­ti­tude of ac­tiv­i­ties and ad­ven­tures to check out. From mu­sic and pub­lic sport­ing events, to wine and beer fes­ti­vals, the re­gion’s cul­ture is just as en­joy­able as all the ac­tiv­ity that’s found on the wa­ter. Safe Boat­ing!

Set­ting the sails on Okana­gan Lake.

En­joy­ing the wa­ter in Ver­non.

Wide open cruis­ing can be en­joyed all sea­son.

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