If you’re visiting the Kelowna area and plan to camp, explore, and enjoy the outdoors, Bear Creek Campground should be at the top of your list. This provincial park campground sits on the western shores of Okanagan Lake in a remote, serene setting. Located just minutes from the William Bennett Bridge that connects downtown Kelowna with West Kelowna, you will appreciate the close proximity to outdoor adventure, wineries, and golf courses.
Since opening in 1981, Bear Creek has become one the most popular campgrounds in the Okanagan. The surrounding provincial park offers over 400 meters of pristine sandy beach that invites people to relax, play, and soak up the sunshine, only steps from their campsite. The 5 km of well maintained trails weave up and down the large canyon across the road, leading to some spectacular views of Okanagan Lake and downtown Kelowna. As the pictures show, this is one of the premier sunrise spots in the Central Okanagan.
With such a prime location, both campers and day-users are able to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Hiking, biking, fishing, swimming, kayaking, SUPing, canoeing, and beach games will keep the family busy for days on end. You’ll notice many campers like to bring their boats for early morning water skiing, tubing, and wakeboarding. Don’t have a boat? No worries. Drive ten minutes north of the campground to Lake Okanagan Resort, they have a wide selection of rental boats to get you out on the water. For SUP, kayak, and pedal boat rentals, check out Okanagan Beach Rentals located directly on the beach at the campground.
Being a provincial campground, guests have access to a wide variety of amenities to ensure the best experience possible. There are an impressive 143 campsites to choose from. Lakefront sites, tent sites, and full hookup sites are available. The newly developed sites 123 – 143 are the powered sites and reserved for those with large campers and RVs. Of these powered sites, 14 of them offer 30 amp power, and 7 of them offer 50 amp power, water and sewer. All campsites have easy access to washroom facilities, drinking water, showers, WiFi, picnic areas, and a playground.
Campfires are permitted within the provided fire rings, and firewood is available for purchase from the Park Operator. Pets are permitted throughout the campground and park, however must be on a leash at all times. There is a roped off dog beach in the park located near the creek mouth, allowing your furry friend to run free and splash in the water. There is a concession open during the summer months, offering snacks, sundries, ice cream, and refreshments. Nothing like your favourite ice cream on the beach!
Day users are welcome here to enjoy the beaches, amenities, and beauty this place beholds. Take advantage of the well marked swimming area, playground, fire rings, picnic areas, and hiking trails. If you plan to spend the day here we recommend arriving early to ensure you get a parking spot. This place tends to fill up very quickly during the hot summer days. The park signage is easy to read, and signs for the day-use parking will be easy to read as you pull in.
The campground itself is owned by the province, and operated by Kaloya Contracting. The operating season is from mid March to mid October, giving campers access 7 months of the year.
***This campground fills up extremely fast so make sure to book far in advance! Reservations are accepted and can be made 4 months in advance. All reservations must be made through the BC Parks Reservation System.***