About the Park
Sun-Oka Provincial Park is home to one of the most stunning beaches in the Okanagan. Getting its name from a shortened version of “Sunny Okanagan”, the park offers a wide range of activities to enjoy, including swimming, boating, fishing, and hiking. The main attraction here is the large, sandy beach that stretches along the western shores of the lake. Whether you’re planning to splash around in the water or get some well deserved r&r on the beach, Sun-Oka is undoubtedly one of the top places to do so.
However you like to spend your beach day, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to do it here. The long stretch of clean, sandy beach allows for plenty of space for games, sunbathing, and setting up your little camp for the day. Being a provincial park, Sun-Oka has every amenity you need. There is no shortage of picnic tables and fire pits located just steps from the water, making it the ideal place for a group bbq spot. Be sure to check if there is a fire ban before lighting a fire. There are flush washrooms and pit toilets, both of which are wheelchair accessible, and drinking water is available at multiple taps throughout the park.
Sun-Oka has a playground on the beach, allowing the kiddos to burn off energy within eyesight from your beach spot. Swimming here is as good as it gets. The shallow waters often glisten under the hot sunshine, revealing a soft sand bottom that is perfect wading and playing in. Canoeing, SUPing, kayaking are popular activities here, and can be easily rented by the Okanagan Beach Rentals kiosk on the beach. When you get hungry, check out the various snack options at the on-site concession stand.
Aside from beach activities, Sun-Oka also features beautiful walking trails along Trout Creek. This is one of the only areas in Summerland that still contains old growth cottonwood trees, a special area that is actively protected. Dogs are permitted on leash in the park, however cannot go off leash on the main beach. There is a specific dog beach just around the point, east of the main beach that is accessed by the Trout Creek path that passes right by the old growth. Fun fact, this park was actually created in order to protect these beautiful old growth trees!
Sun-Oka is located 6km South of Summerland near Trout Creek on Highway 97. From either direction, turn east onto Green Lake Road, and you will arrive at the park. There are plenty of well marked signs, making it easy to navigate. If you are traveling from Summerland, be very careful turning left from the highway. As you enter the park, the turn into the parking lot is blind, so drive slow. Due to the popularity of Sun-Oka, we recommend arriving early to ensure you get a parking spot.