The Okanagan is a long, narrow valley that spans 160 km from the US border which runs along the 49th parallel north to just above the 50th parallel. Kelowna is the valley’s largest city, an amazing place to visit, and where we are proud to call home. Beautiful weather, lakes, and beaches are part of the reason why so many tourists venture to the valley each year.
The largest of these lakes is Lake Okanagan. Stretching from just north of Vernon south to Penticton, the lake is approximately 130 km long and 232 meters deep! There are dozens of beautiful, sandy beaches and fabulous parks lining the shores of the lake. The lake is also home to several species of fish, including rainbow trout and kokanee… and let’s not forget about the Ogopogo, our very own Loch Ness Monster-like lake serpent. The Okanagan is the largest of a chain of lakes, which feeds into Skaha, Vaseaux, and Lake Osoyoos before flowing into the Columbia River and eventually spilling out into the Pacific Ocean between Washington and Oregon.