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 have camped in BC campgrounds for the last 40 years and have never had a more unpleasant experience with a campground host. Among other things, she walked up to us at 10:55AM as we were loading the...  more »
  • This one of the walks that can be made in the area of the Lake. This is a very nice village.
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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 »
  • Have come here twice now and loved it just as much the second time as the first. It is a small campground right next to the river and has quail running through it throughout the day. There are no hookups for RV's and they have pit toilets. However one set of toilets does have a paved path for disabled people. It does get quite busy and reservations are recommended
  • 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.
  • CK - campground kathy So heres our experience......... We just finished a great day at the skaha bluffs climbing and rolled into the campsite to start cooking up a well deserved meal. We cracked a beer and had a couple high fives to celebrate our great day and express our excitement for the meal about to be cooked. The time was 10:01 on friday night. We started cooking my moms borcht she had given us the night before and the fresh pasta from the italian store in kamloops. Along with this we had tons of fresh veg from moms bountiful garden harvest..... stoked! Campground Kathy (to be know as CK - never got her real name) soon arrives with a frown and clearly does not like us. She asks how many at the site and i reply "12" with a big smile. She is having none of this, clearly not a appreciater of comedy. She then informs us its late and we need to keep it down. So to set the record straight, we have had two beers, have no music on, and are two happy dudes cooking a beautiful meal and having the odd high five because we are so stoked. Well CK is not impressed and asks us if we would like to pay now or in the morning. So we payed her the cash, and she still is not happy with us clearly. I informed her we were going to finish cooking our dinner, eat, and go to bed. Thats it. I also told her we did not appreciate being spoken to like we were 12 years old, and that we were respectful human beings. She didnt want to chat or be reasonable, so i asked for my money back, because we did not feel welcome and thought it would be best to leave. CK said no and took off on here quad, just like that. So i through up my finger and told her what i thought of her. We are now enjoying our lovely dinner and enjoying the serene, starlite evening. CK comes back with her husband and informs us we need to leave in 10 minutes or she will be calling the cops to say i assaulted her. I told her we would leave when we finished dinner, but not before. Last thing we wanted was an altercation with the rcmp, but we earned this dinner and CK was not about to ruin it. I told her to go ahead and call the cops if she thought it was best, but we were not leaving until we ate and packed up. Half an hour later we left, and the cops roll in......lovely. Couple nice guys, i told them the whole story, the climbing, the pasta, moms veg. They got it and recommended a great spot to camp. So....... what do i think of this campground. Seems nice, the caretaker, Campground Kathy leaves something to be desired. If your boring, possibly a mute, do not like having any fun, and frown all the time, come to this campground, its awesome.
  • 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.
  • just curious about the reviews on this page. most of the positive ones seem to be either fake or fluff.
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