Okanagan Falls Provincial Park, Okanagan Falls

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Okanagan Falls Provincial Park, now officially named sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ Provincial Park, is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located within the traditional territory of the Osoyoos Indian Band. Since time immemorial, the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Okanagan ancestors have inhabited and cared for the lands and waters in their traditional territory. The park is also located within the town of Okanagan Falls, protecting the area around the waterfall of the same name, which lies below the outlet of Skaha Lake in the course of the Okanagan River.HistoryOkanagan Falls Provincial Park was created in 1956. In 2015, the park was renamed to reflect the traditional Okanagan place name for the area. sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ means “little falls.” This place name signifies a connection to the historic Kettle Falls in Washington state. The step-like rapids of the outlet of the Skaha Lake were lost in 1950 when a flood control dam was built over them.FloraThe park occupies an area of two hectares. The park has deciduous trees and is an important site for the conservation of riparian vegetation. In the 1950s, non-native tree species like Chinese elm, Norway maple, red ash and Lombardy poplar were planted in the park.FaunaThere is superb bird watching in the park. Rare species such as western wood pewees, American yellow warblers, northern orioles and least flycatchers are often spotted in the park. The park offers numerous nature-related activities such as wildlife viewing, nature study, and photography. The park also supports an astounding 18 species of bats, one of the highest concentrations in Canada.
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  • We camped at OK falls provincial park and were greeted with the worst woman we have ever met . The park is very nice , not very big . The lady in charge started giving us heck very rudely because we w...  more »
  • We had a good time at the OK Falls provincial park. It is only a small site (25 or so spots), and some were flooded during our visit due to the river being in flood. The hosts were excellent, though, ...  more »
  • Stayed here a few nights and I thought it was great. The hosts were very good to me and moved me to a better campsite to suit my setup. Not much cell service and no showers but if you're just looking ...  more »
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  • Unpleasant experience. Very rude management. The rules of the campground say that visitors are welcome keeping in mind that the gate is closing at 11pm. We had our friends visiting for a dinner and the campground manager came by first around 8pm looking very irritated asking when they are going to leave, we replied that they are just visiting for a dinner and will leave around 10 pm. At 10:05 she came back and started yelling at us that we are lying and that we have 20 people on the site , when in fact we paid for two sites and we were only 10 adults and 2 kids including our visitors. Then she said that we didn't pay for the extra car even though we offered to pay when we just arrived at the campground but she insisted that we deal with it later. Then she started threatening us that she will make us all leave the campground this same night. Our friends were forced to leave the scene in a rush , even though they didn't break any rules. After they left the manager continued threatening us, she said she will come back the next morning at 7am for a head count. Of course the next morning she didn't do it, but it was enough for us to pack and leave the next day even though we have paid and we're supposed to stay for one more night. Just horrible experience. Will not return to this campground.
  • Loved it. Peaceful camping experience in a great location
  • Very rude hosts.. we decided to help an older couple who couldn't find a spot to stay and let them stay with us. The hosts kept yelling that we didn't have to help them and to make sure the older couple followed the rules. We don't think we will ever return.. Avoid if possible!
  • Spent an enjoyable week camping at Okanagan Falls Provincial park. This park is small and quiet with twenty five sites. Amenities are basic with flush toilets and pit toilets but no showers on site. The campground is closer to the freeway but far enough away there is almost no car noise also helped by the sounds of the river. Center sites are quite opener with some perimeter sites having more coverage. The river is not swimmable with fast moving and dangerous current, but adds to scenery and is gone to a multitude of sucks and other birds. Campground operators are friendly and efficient. Great spot for young families.
  • The camp ground was nice river kept us entertained. The short walk to town great lots of fun. But didn't like the hosts. They were a bit rude. Would return if new hosts..

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