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The Ultimate Frugal Okanagan Summer Activity Guide


Are you living in the Okanagan or planning on taking a trip there this summer?  Here is a guide that I originally created for my other website, that I thought you would enjoy over here at!  It’s full of fun, frugal activities that take place in the Okanagan all summer long.    If you have an event or know of a really cool place to visit, let me know and I’ll add it to the list!

Farmer’s Markets:

See this post for all the Okanagan Farmer’s Markets.  Enjoy shopping local and getting to know the farmer’s that grow your delicious food!

Food & Wine:

The Okanagan is well know for its award winning wines and wineries.  Many of them offer free tours and wine tastings. See a huge list of Okanagan wineries, here.

Canada Day:



U-Pick Fruit & Fruit Stands:


Hiking Trails:

Festivals, Fairs & Community Events:

Father’s Day Events:

Places of interest:

Vernon & Area:

Kelowna & Area:

Penticton & Area:

Okanagan Tourism Websites:

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Things to Do in the Okanagan This Weekend: June 26 – 28, 2015

Things to Do in the Okanagan 2

Wondering what to do this weekend in the Okanagan? I’ve got some ideas for you! Here are the fun Okanagan events for June 26 -28:

Westside Daze

5 days of fun, free entertainment for the family! Including fireworks, a parade, a car show, outdoor concerts, amusement park, kids fair and more!

When: June 27 – July 1, 2015
Where: West Kelowna
Cost: Free

Funtastic Slo-Pitch Tournament and Music Festival

Featuring slo-pitch troupes from across western Canada by day, and classic music acts by night!

When: June 26 – 29, 2015
Where: in Vernon
Cost: unknown

Very Berry Tea Party

Celebrate Green Croft Gardens’ berry patch with delicious berry dishes and tea served in the gardens.

When: June 28, 2015 from 10am -4pm
Where: in Enderby at Green Croft Gardens
Cost: unknown

Summerland Flyers Fun Fly

Fun Fly with the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada.

When: June 27 – 28, 2015
Where: in Summerland
Cost: free

50+ Pancake Breakfast

Come enjoy a delicious pancake breakfast at the 50+ Centre in Peachland.

When: June 28, 2015
Where: in Peachland
Cost: $5 per adult, $2.50 per child and free for children under 5.

Peach City Beach Cruise

Show Cars line up along the Magic Mile – Lakeshore Drive – Beachfront – what could be better? Come and join us and a thousand or so of your closest friends at this year’s Peach City Beach Cruise.

When: June 26 – 28, 2015
Where: in Penticton
Cost: Free to watch

Pacific Northwestern Elvis Festival

The Festival Brings Elvis Fans From Far And Wide To The Perfect Holiday Haven – Penticton, British Columbia. They Come To Celebrate “The King Of Rock & Roll” – Elvis Presley!

When: June 26 – 28, 2015
Where: in Penticton
Cost: $10 – $20

Women of Song Concert

Cool down in the gardens at the Caetani Cultural Centre when the Women of Song concert takes place Sunday afternoon.

When: June 28, 2015 from 2pm – 4pm
Where: Caetani Cultural Centre in Vernon
Cost: by donation

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July Home Depot Kids Workshop: Build a Minions Scooter

home depot kids workshop

One thing we love to do is to participate in the free Home Depot Kids Workshops they offer once a month.  They are so much fun!  They’re a great way to give Mom a bit of time to herself if Dad or the Grandparents go 😉

The projects are pretty simple and involve wood, glue, nails and paint. The recommended ages are 4 – 12, but my daughter is only three and really enjoys the painting part. (After her Grandpa builds the project for her.)

The first time you attend, each child will receive a Home Depot apron that they can bring home and them bring with them on following events.  Once a project is complete, they will get a pin to add to their apron and a certificate of completion.

For July’s free workshop, the kids will be building a Minions Scooter. How fun is that?!  The event takes place on July 11, 2015 at your local Home Depot locations.

Find all the details here.

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Things to Do in the Okanagan This Weekend June 19-21, 2015

Things to Do in the Okanagan

Wondering what to do this weekend in the Okanagan? I’ve got some ideas for you! Here are the fun Okanagan events for June 19-21:

Rose Show at the Community centre in Peachland

Rose displays and judging, live entertainment and refreshments will be offered.

When: June 20, 2015, 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free

Sunshine Festival

Join us Downtown for the 21st Annual Sunshine Festival presented by Valley First, one of the Okanagan’s largest sidewalk sales and festival, will take over 30th Avenue in Downtown Vernon .

When: June 20, 2015, 9am – 5pm
Cost: Free

Family Fishing Weekend

Each event is organized by dedicated groups in each community with help from the Family Fishing Society of BC. As well as encouraging youngsters to come out and fish the events are an excellent opportunity to share the importance of fish and their fragile habitat. The goals of the Society and of the event are to increase angler participation, promote BC’s world-class freshwater and tidal (saltwater) sport fishery plus develop greater public respect for our outdoor resources.

When: June 19 – 21, 2015
Cost: Free

17th Annual Father’s Day Car Show

This year it will be taking place on Sunday June 21st at City Park in Kelowna. Stop by between 11am and 4pm to see all the amazing cars, trucks, boats and motorcycles! Bring the whole family because we will have a kids area set up as well with a bouncy castle and face painting which will be run by the YMCA!

When: June 21, 2015 from 11am – 4pm
Cost: Free

Do It For Dad Run

This event will help purchase medical equipment to diagnose and treat prostate cancer for men in the North Okanagan.

When: June 21, 2015, 8:30am at Coldstream Ranch
Cost: unknown

Father’s Day Car Rally at O’keefe Ranch

Dads load them up….pick a navigator and let the Rally begin……..The Rally will start at the Village Green Mall South Parking Lot (food court) sign the waiver, get your Rally # and your Rally box of clues and off you go!  Don’t forget we are playing for 1st/2nd & 3rd Place Prizes!

When: June 21, 2015 at 10am
Cost $35 per car

VBS Father’s Day Classic

A Slo-Pitch Tournament at Lions Park in Penticton, Parkway 1 and Parkway 2 fields.

When: June 19 – 21, 2015
Cost: unknown

Father’s Day Splash

Challenge dad to a cannonball competition, noodle surfing contest or water basketball game; June 21st Dad’s swim for Free at the Enderby Lions Pool.

When: June 21, 2015, 1 – 4pm
Cost:  Regular Admission & Dad’s are FREE

Father’s Day Family BBQ

We know that Dad’s love a good BBQ and today you can treat Dad to all the meat he can eat and then we’ll clean up the mess. Our Menu includes Barbequed ribs and our Apple Cider Sausage. Both meat options includes 2 sides of coleslaw and a baked potato.

When: June 21, 2015 at Davison Orchards
Cost: $12.99 or $9.99

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Best Okanagan Beaches

Best Okanagan Beaches

The Okanagan Valley is the warmest and driest part of BC, with areas of semi-arid desert as well as Canada’s only true desert. It also contains a large number of lakes, most of which are warm and wonderful swimming locations! Because of this, the Okanagan is famous for some of the most beautiful beaches that BC has to offer. You’ll find long stretches of soft sand and wonderful warm waters, which is perfect for our hot weather!

The beach is where you’ll find many locals and tourists alike cooling off, relaxing, enjoying water sports and enjoying the views with picnics.

Here are the Best Okanagan Beaches by region:

North Okanagan Beaches

Cosens Bay and Juniper Bay

Located within Kalamalka Provincial Park, you will find many hiking/walking trails that lead to two bays (Cosens Bay and Juniper Bay) with sandy beaches. While you’re walking towards the beaches, enjoy the beautiful views of the unique blue-green colour of the lake, a result of limestone crystals that reflect in the sunlight. The park is well maintained and the water is clean, great for swimming! Follow the signs or look for the maps and you’ll even find a pet-friendly beach for your four legged friends. There are outhouses and picnic tables for your convenience.

Kalamalka Beach

Kalamalka beach (or Kal Beach) is a busy, large beach located on the north shore of Kalamalka Lake. This beach has a long pier, picnic tables, changing rooms, rest rooms and a concession stand. During the summer months you can enjoy kayak, paddleboard and boat rentals right on the beach. Parking is accessible via Husband Road.

Pumphouse Beach

A small sandy beach located off WestKal Road. This beach is within walking distance to Kalamalka Beach, as well as the Kal General Store. The sandy beach leads into rocky, shallow waters.

Ellison Provincial Park

Located on Okanagan Lake at the end of Okanagan Landing Road, which turns into Eastside Road.  There is a bit of a walk down to beach areas. Enjoy the walking trails, the pink sandy beaches and clean water for swimming. Picnic areas,a playground and camping areas are located within Ellison Provincial Park.

Kin Beach

Kin beach can be found on the east shore of Okanagan Lake. The beach has a great grassy area that is great for frisbee and volleyball. There’s also a great playground, several picnic tables, and barbecues within the large picnic shelter. The sandy beach leads into the shallow swimming area. There are change rooms and rest rooms. Parking is located along Tronson Road, alongside the park.

Paddlewheel Park

Paddlewheel Park is located off Okanagan Landing Road and is on Okanagan Lake. You’ll find a sandy beach, grassy areas, a playground, basketball court, beach volleyball courts and tennis courts. There are also picnic tables for you to enjoy.  A boat launch with trailer parking is available.

Waterwheel Park (or Tuey Park)

While this beach is on the Shuswap River in Enderby, the wide sandy beach is popular with local swimmers. It’s often referred to as “Waterwheel Park” because of the waterwheel and flume which were built in 1911 on site to irrigate the surrounding farmland. The water at this point in the river is especially calm and shallow but swimmers are warned to keep a look out for boats in the deeper main channel. There is a picnic area, washrooms, and an adjacent dog park for pet owners.

Kaloya Park 

Kaloya Park is a great place in the summer months to swim, boat, picnic, and take a short but beautiful walk around the peninsula.  There are many shady areas, spots on the beaches for sunbathers and swimmers and lots of grass and benches too.  There is a lily pond with pink water lilies blooming most of the summer, a covered picnic area, a gazebo, a playground.

Central Okanagan Beaches

Kopje Park

This is a beautiful park that has a picnic area, playground, open field for watching gophers, ball diamonds, washroom facilities and direct beach access. Located in Carrs Landing at 15480 Carrs Landing Road.

Reiswig Park
(Same location as Beasley Park) A great park with the beach, washroom facilities, soccer fields, volleyball courts and a playground. Located on Woodsdale Road in Winfield, BC.

Fintry Provincial Park

Fintry Provincial Park includes 360 hectares of the former Fintry Estate, a heritage site with a colourful history. There is over 2 km of waterfront with surrounding mountains and canyons. With almost two kilometres of waterfront property, the park has opportunities for camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking and wildlife viewing. Recreational users can enjoy the natural sand beach while wildlife viewers can hike the Canyon trail. The park is located on Fintry Delta Road, off Westside Road, approximately 34 km north of Kelowna or 49 km south of Vernon.

Willow Beach

On Gellatly Road in West Kelowna. This main beach area is a favourite and the sand is perfect for building sandcastles. With a volleyball court off to the side, picnic tables and trees for shade, it is the ideal all-ages beach destination. A small seasonal concession stand operates across the road from the beach.

Marina Park

On Gellatly Road in West Kelowna. This park has a pebble beach, a grass area, a covered picnic facility and a playground. It is perfect for those with small children as both the park and beach areas are fenced in.

Pritchard Park

On Pritchard Road in West Kelowna. Located in a quiet residential neighbourhood, there are plenty of sunny and shady spots, making it perfect place to swim, play volleyball, picnic or walk out on the dock.

Gellatly Nut Farm

On Whitworth Road in West Kelwona. Gellatly Nut Farm, a historic nut farm also has a swimming beach! Large shade trees, a small rock beach with a gradual slope into the water, grass and a playground nearby make this a perfect off the beaten path swimming beach to enjoy.

Bear Creek Provincial Park

On Westside Road. The swim area is narrow, marked with buoys and covers over 400 metres of coarse sandy beach lakeshore. There are also grassy areas, picnic spots and change rooms in the day use area of this provincial park.

Boyce – Gyro Beach

One of Kelowna’s most well known beaches, Gyro is a favourite with the local younger crowd. Snack venues, rental shops, volleyball courts, playgrounds, picnic areas and washroom facilities provide fun for every age. The beach is located at 3400 Lakeshore Road in Kelowna.

Rotary Beach Park

Rotary Park has designated swimming areas, change rooms, playgrounds, picnic areas and more. Known for its kite boarding and wind surfing, Rotary is the ideal spot to enjoy your favourite water sport. This beach is a hot spot for tourists and locals alike! Rotary Beach is located at 3726 Lakeshore Road in Kelowna.

Kinsmen Park

Tall leafy trees and large grassy areas, give Kinsmen Park the perfect amount of  sun and shade. Dip your feet into Okanagan Lake, have lunch at one of the picnic tables, play a round of tennis or enjoy the on-site playground. Kinsmen Park is fully equipped with washrooms for your convenience. Located at 2600 Abbott Street in Kelowna.

Strathcona Park

Located next to the Kelowna General Hospital, Strathcona Park has designated swimming areas, picnic tables, public washrooms and a playground. Surrounded by tall oak trees, its large grassy area provides the perfect setting to curl up with a good book or relax with friends and family. Located at 2290 Abbott Street in Kelowna.

Waterfront Park

Waterfront Park has unbeatable views of Okanagan Lake, sandy beaches, a water park, a playground, washroom facilities, paddle boat rentals and boat launches. Take a stroll along the boardwalk which follows the waters edge all the way to City Park. Located at 1200 Water Street in the heart of Kelowna.

South Okanagan Beaches

Sun Oka Beach


Okanagan Beach

Okanagan Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Lakeshore Drive in Penticton, BC. This beach features nearly one kilometre of premium, sandy beach. Okanagan Beach features a swimming area, rest rafts, kiddie slides, shade trees, washrooms nearby, firepits, and free parking.

Skaha Beach

Skaha Beach is located on Skaha Lake at Skaha Lake Road in Penticton, BC. This beach features over 20 acres of park and beach, the red sand beach is great for sunbathing & wading in the warm waters. This beach is located in Skaha Lake Park and also features a children’s water park.

Airport Beach

Airport Beach is located on Skaha Lake at Hwy 97 (west of the River Channel) in Penticton, BC. Airport Beach features a huge beach area, day moorage for pleasure boats, and limited parking across the street.

Marina Way Beach

Marina Way Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Marina Way in Penticton, BC. Marina Way Beach features a small sandy beach, swimming area, limited parking, seasonal toilets, shallow entry into water, and is located adjacent to Marina Way Park.

Sudbury Beach

Sudbury Beach is located on Skaha Lake at Skaha Lake Road in Penticton, BC. This beach features a huge beach area, swimming area, rest rafts and slides, washrooms, concession, limited parking, and a fire pit.

Legion Beach

Located on the West Side of Osoyoos Lake, Legion Beach is tucked into a cove southwest of the Channel Bridge. Osoyoos Lake is most popular for wakeboarding, waterskiing, swimming and tubing.

Gyro Beach

Gyro Beach is located on Osoyoos Lake in Osoyoos, BC. Osoyoos Lake is the warmest lake in the valley with an average temperature of 24°C/70°F in the summer.  Gyro Beach is the largest beach in Osoyoos and is the site of many popular summer events. You’ll find lots of shade trees and warm shallow waters .

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