Okanagan Lake Provincial Park-south

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Welcome to Okanagan Lake Provincial Park.

Welcome to Okanagan Lake Provincial Park.

Okanagan Lake Provincial Park is situated 10 minutes, south of Peachland,BC. It is not the most accessible park I have ever seen but defiantly doable with help. The weekend of my review was very crowded, which added an extra challenge: maneuvering around large groups of campers.

There is a small concession stand at the front of the park, so bring cash. This campground also has a boat launch, and a smaller sized beach, which can be nice for private days on the beach with family or friends.

 

The beach at the park is fairly small and private.

The beach at the park is fairly small and private.

People with limited feeling in there feet may want to wear socks in the water at the beach as to not cut your feet.

People with limited feeling in their feet may want to wear socks in the water at the beach as to not cut your feet.

 

On a negative note, the camp sites are very close together with not much privacy in between them. I’m going to be quite frank here, it almost seemed as if people were camping in a parking lot, which surprised me because all of the BC Provincial Parks I have gone to, the sites are well spaced out and private.

The park has two main sections to it, the lower area is for people who just want to pitch tents

This grassy area is for tents only

This grassy area is for tents only

and the upper area is for RV’S and Campers.

The park and RV and Campter sites.

The park and RV and Camper sites.

There is a fairly steep hill to get down to the tenting-only area, so I would have someone with you who can help you down the hill if you are in a manual wheelchair. I’m not sure a power chair would be able to make it down the hill safely, due to the steep grade.

Hill down to tenting area

Hill down to tenting area

If you do manage to make down the hill, there is about a kilometer walk along the lake which is really nice.

This kilometer long trail winds along Okanagan lake with some pretty great views of the valley.

This kilometer long trail winds along Okanagan lake with some pretty great views of the valley.

The park’s upper area is fairly flat and smooth, and very easy to navigate in manual, power wheelchairs and also walkers. There are a few recreational areas which I found to be a bit bumpy and rough. Having a friend or a family member with you when you go to the park area is probably a good idea.

Try and stay clear of big tree roots sticking up out of the ground.

Try and stay clear of big tree roots sticking up out of the ground.

There is a playground for kids to play in, unfortunately they have no wheelchair accessible playground equipment.

This playground is great for kids, but does not have any wheelchair accessible equipment.

This playground is great for kids, but does not have any wheelchair accessible equipment.

If you have a child in a wheelchair or who has any other mobility issues, I would stick to the park area.

Unfortunately, i was not able to get all the way into the wheelchair accessible bathrooms as it was closed for cleaning during the time i was doing my review, but i did get a chance to look in. It has a wheel in shower with a shower bench and removable shower hose. The toilet area has grab bars for easy transfers onto and off of the toilet.

This accessible bathroom is very spacious with lots of room for both manual and power wheelchairs.

This accessible bathroom is very spacious with lots of room for both manual and power wheelchairs.

There is also another set of wheelchair accessible bathrooms in the park, which is nice, but it only has a toilet and sink but is very spacious and easy to maneuver a manual wheelchair around in, a power chair would have a bit of a difficult time though

The second set of bathrooms is on the far end of the park.

The second set of bathrooms is on the far end of the park.

A final suggestion about Okanagan Lake Provincial Park Sound: If possible, you might want to check it out in person, before committing to reserving a camp site. Make sure it will work for you and your specific mobility needs.

For more information check out the parks website at:

http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/explore/parkpgs/okana_lk/\

 

Written by:

Jeff Bourne

Accessibility Adviser

jeffbourne@travabled.com

Edited by:

Rachael

Kimola