Kekuli Bay Provincial Park, Vernon

Categories: Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
4/5 based on 40+ reviews on the web
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park,formerly Kalamalka West Provincial Park, is a provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, located on the west shore of Kalamalka Lake on BC Highway 97 south of Vernon.
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  • The view was fantastic! We could see the beautiful lake and hills in the Fall colours. Had a picnic on the hillside and watched the boats and birds on the water. Fantastic. 
  • Spent 3 nights there with our small motor home. Sites are well maintained and level. Do not like the provincial park restrictions on use of generators. We actually found a site that had power for $ 40...  read more »
  • What view of the Kalamalka Lake especially in sunny weather, water is a beautiful Turquoise with purple highlights.
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  • I've only seen a beach and its a near disaster. Lots of poison ivy everywhere, very narrow beach between the lake and bushes of poison ivy, sharp edged rocks for lakebed. Very busy launch nearby, boats zipping around all the time. The only good point - it gets shadier in the afternoon on the west side of the lake. But ... getting in the shade will push you into freaking bushes of poison ivy!! Seen much better... going elsewhere
  • I thought it was a very unique campground. There are some really nice spots with shade so make sure that you book those if it's going to be hot. The sites without power and water are spaced really nice. If you looking for power and water sites there are only a few available and they all share a water port (bring long hose) and share a fire pit. Parking is tight and on pavement. The park closes at 11pm so you have to make sure you are back in time. The reason I rated a 3 star was the hospitality that I experienced. We were camping with my young family 1 and 3 year old and the temperature was 35 degrees Celsius. You are only allowed to use generator from 6pm till 8pm. I had the generator running from 7pm till 830 and was trying to get my kids to sleep. The park operator came by and I apologized and asked if I could shut the Gen set off after the kids got to sleep he said sure. Then came by in 30 more minutes and I just shut it off and he left without talking to me. The next day was 36 degrees with no wind. We got back from the family reunion around 830 pm and I just fired up the 58db Gen set for 30 minutes to circulate the air and cool off the trailer. I noticed they started to drive up the hill in their golf cart so I shut it off. Next thing you know I was being issued a written warning for my generator abuse. I tried to be as polite as possible and the operator was determined to write me up. He then told me one more time and I would have to leave. That night there was people partying screaming and yelling. Chopping wood late at night all in which were louder than my 58 decibel Gen set. The worst part about this whole experience Was when I went to talk to the park host to get ice and he asked what site I was in. I told him and he said " oh your the generator guy" then I came off a little strong when he said that and pleaded my case and expelled my feelings for their rules for the extreme temperatures and was hoping for some time to cool off to get my kids to sleep. He just said " rules are rules" I was brushing my teeth in the very clean and organized bathrooms after having a hot clean shower. And had a chance to read the "Rules" there are a bunch of them which is fine but the funny thing is the one about the pets. They have to be on leashes the whole time...... the park host is always walking around with his 2 dogs off their leash at the park across from his site. I wish I had a chance to call him out on it but it doesn't really matter. I definitely would go back if the temperature was cooler. Maybe the heat was getting to the workers too but it seemed so unfair to be so strict in that hot of temperature with young kids. Pros: Views were nice Lots of sunshine Nice kept sites Nice fire pits Wildlife and birds were everywhere Boat launch very close by Clean showers and bathrooms Cons Staff friendliness Not much of a beach No place to get ice or wood you have to catch the staff on golf carts Lack of shade for hot days trees were small and few Cost I had to pay 24 dollars to reserve a site Park gate closes at 11pm and the access to the showers closed as well Generator hours are 9am till 11am and 6pm till 8pm Sprinklers in your site come on at 2am Host was off duty for 3 days of the 4 days we were there. Wed till Sun Changing reservation costs you a day rate even if 2 days in advance also (7 days in advance) I hope this review gives you some information about this park. If I had a boat I would be back there; since I don't I will stay closer to Vernon. -The generator guy
  • Wow, a very popular place to launch your boat on Kalamalka Lake. If you go latestw in the day, be prepared for a line up. Parking can be a challenge. But the lake makes the wait worthwhile
  • We use the boat launch here. Very nice double ramp. Can be crazy busy especially on long weekends. We've never camped here yet.
  • One of the best campsites in the Okanagan, the terraced campsites are super cool and every site has a view of the lake. Also, there's lots of cute ground squirrels. They didn't get close or try to get into any of our food, but were still friendly.
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