Welcome to Okanagan Falls
Sitting on the south shores of Skaha Lake is the small town known as Okanagan Falls (OK Falls), a community surrounded by rolling mountains, vineyards, and an abundance of activities. This little town got its name from twin waterfalls that once flowed from the end of Skaha Lake into the Okanagan River. In the 1950s, the falls were reduced into gentle rapids to reduce the amount of water flowing for flood control purposes. We thought it would be helpful to clear that up right away…
With a population of around 2,500 people, it’s a close knit community. During the summer months, tourists from all over come and enjoy the abundance of outdoor adventure, wineries, and rich agriculture. The winter months bring mild temperatures and the town itself quiets down. The simplicity of small town living, good weather, and friendly locals make it a great place to live.
Located 25 minutes south of Penticton and 40 minutes north of Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls is an easy place to get to. By vehicle, it is 4.5 hours east of Vancouver and 8 hours east of Calgary.
Home to one of the warmest lakes in Canada, world class wineries, and vast amounts of hiking & biking trails, Okanagan Falls is an ideal vacation destination. We’ve outlined the top things to do, places to stay, and eat / drink options below, so continue reading to see what this beautiful South Okanagan town has to offer!
Things to Do
From sandy beaches to steep bluffs overlooking the valley, there’s no shortage of adventure and breathtaking views to enjoy. World-class rock climbing, boating, and wine touring are just a few of the popular activities that this South Okanagan gem is known for. Whatever your preference, there’s something fun for everyone!
Boasting one of the mildest climates in Canada, there is always something to do no matter the weather. Many outdoor enthusiasts are drawn to Skaha Bluffs for top-notch rock climbing and endless hiking. Enjoy hiking or biking along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail, take in the views on top of Fire Mountain, or simply relax in the sunshine at Christie Memorial Park.
For a small town, there is no shortage of wineries to explore. The desert-like landscape means hot days and cool nights, which allows for the grapes to retain certain levels of acidity and taste. Check out a variety of world-class wineries and learn the unique stories behind each one.
Sitting on one of the warmest lakes in Canada, OK Falls has a variety of beaches to check out. Christie Memorial Park is the town’s largest beach, featuring large grassy areas, soft sand, shade trees, and everything needed for a fun family beach day. Drive a few minutes north and check out Pioneer Park in Kalden, or Vaseux Lake Provincial Park for a more secluded experience.
Tickleberry’s Ice Cream Shop is perhaps the most popular attraction in OK Falls. With a fudge factory, a gift shop, and over 70 flavours of ice cream, it’s a must-visit. Head to Christie Memorial Park to let the kids run wild on the playground, or head to the Vaseux Lake Bird Sanctuary for a quick and easy walk through a lush forest filled with a variety of wildlife.
With two courses to choose from just a short distance away, as well as other courses scattered in abundance around the valley, OK Falls and the surrounding area is a dream destination for golfers. With one of the longest golfing seasons in Canada, it’s an ideal place to visit for both early and late season rounds when your home course is already closed!
Swim, SUP, kayak, boat, and more on the stunning Skaha Lake. If you’re looking for boat rentals, head to Penticton and check out the rental options. No matter what type of activity you do on the lake, you’re sure to enjoy the warm water, hot sun, and beautiful landscape surrounding it.
Arts & Culture
A tour through the Okanagan Falls Heritage Museum & Bassett House will take you back in time to understand the deep history of Okanagan Falls. This is one of the oldest buildings in the area, dating back one hundred years and is a popular stop for visitors in the area.
Shopping & Markets
Check out the cute local shops located in town for some unique finds. Jardin’s Estate Jewellers & Antique carries a wide range of unique jewellery, clothing, and thrifted goods, whereas Raven’s Oddities sells antique home decor and rare collectibles. For a one-stop shop for all grocery and convenience needs, head to OK Falls Heritage Market.
Health & Wellness
If you’re looking to treat yourself, head to La Bella Vita Salon for all your beauty needs. With over 15 years of experience, you’re in good hands. When the body is sore and needs work, check out South Okanagan Physiotherapy & Active Wellness Centre for any physiotherapy, massage, chiropractic, acupuncture, and nutrition needs.
With so many wineries close by, there’s always something happening. Whether it’s a live concert in the vineyards of a popular winery or a special celebration, there’s often something happening at various wineries around the region.
The winter months bring mild temperatures and lower amounts of snow compared to your average Canadian town. Head to Apex Mountain Resort to ski, snowboard, nordic ski, or simply just relax. Closer to town, take a snowshoe hike up Fire Mountain for expansive views of the surrounding valley, or go ice skating on Vaseux Lake when the temperatures drop!
Places to Stay
Staying in Okanagan Falls means being close to the beach. Many of the comfortable and relaxing accommodation options offer easy access to watersports, outdoor adventure, and dining. Whether you’re looking for a cozy vacation rental in a quaint vineyard or a private camping spot just steps from the lake, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Hotels & Motels in Okanagan Falls
Holiday Beach Resort Motel is located just Steps away from Okanagan Lake. This newly renovated motel mimics the look of a South Beach hotel in the 80s, with the comfort of all new amenities. The suite-style rooms are equipped with a kitchenette and all the amenities for the whole family to have a comfortable stay.
Twilight Motel is an ideal accommodation option for those travelling on a budget. With easy access to a variety of wineries, beaches, and trails, it is conveniently located to ensure you can experience it all. There are multiple room options, allowing for groups of all sizes to stay here.
St. Andrews by the Lake Golf Course allows you to “stay and play” at this award-winning golf course. Each room is equipped with a smart TV, a comfortable queen bed, and beautiful views of the course. Available for a minimum of two nights, it’s the perfect getaway!
Bed & Breakfasts in Okanagan Falls
Casa Colina is a southern-inspired property that offers three accommodation options, each with a private ensuite bathroom and first-class amenities. Delicious breakfast, a heated pool, and friendly hosts make Casa Colina a great option. If you’re searching for something more private, check out the cottage rental that is separate from the main residence!
Bighorn Ridge Guest House sits in front of the iconic South Okanagan viewpoint on a gorgeous 10-acre property. This award-winning guest house has two room options with a shared kitchen, BBQ, and patio area. Get away from the busyness of city life and escape into this southern-style gem in the rolling mountains of the valley.
Mountain Springs Nature Retreat B&B is a rustic-style home nestled amongst the tall pines. This gorgeous lakefront property is ideal for those looking for peace and relaxation. Stay in comfort here with three room options, each with its own unique features.
Campgrounds & RV Parks in Okanagan Falls
sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ Provincial Park is a historically important park. Located just south of OK Falls, this park is best known for its incredible bird-watching and photography opportunities. The campsite is conveniently nestled in between the Okanagan River and Mt.McLellan, featuring spacious sites, picnic tables, a fire ring, and washroom facilities. Both RV and ten sites are available.
Sun & Sand RV Park is a family-owned and operated campground that sits directly on the shores of Skaha Lake. The long swimming deck, sandy beaches, playground, and large park make it an ideal place for families to spend their vacation. Fully equipped power sites make it easy for any camper to fit in, so book your spot early as they tend to fill up quickly!
Vaseux Lake Provincial Park is located conveniently on Highway 97 between Oliver and OK Falls and is a perfect campground for those looking to spend their weekend fishing. The Vaseux Wildlife Center allows you to often spot various birds, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats. As a provincial park, the grounds are always well-maintained and equipped with the proper camping amenities.
Eat & Drink
If you like eating and drinking locally, then Okanagan Falls is the place to be. With a refreshing amount of local restaurants, wineries, and cafes, you’ll be able to appreciate the passion that goes into each experience. Some of the Okanagan’s finest wineries reside here, making it a must-visit during your wine country adventure.
Restaurants in Okanagan Falls
Falls Restaurant is a classic homestyle restaurant that offers your favourite hearty meals. Loaded omelettes, tasty burgers, and a variety of sandwiches will be sure to fuel you up for a day of adventure. It’s not rare to find this place filled with a friendly local crowd during breakfast, lunch, or dinner!
Bullies Pizza makes all their pizzas and sauces in-house, ensuring the best quality possible. You can find a variety of topping combinations, fresh subs, burgers, and tasty salads. Come enjoy a slice right outside the shop under the warm Okanagan sun, or get it delivered to your favourite beach in OK Falls!
Kettle Valley Pizza serves up tasty pizzas with many topping combinations available. Our personal favourite is the Fiesta Mexicana, something you can’t easily find anywhere else! KV Pizza also offers other food options such as donairs, pasta, and fresh salads to accommodate a variety of cravings.
Winery Restaurants in Okanagan Falls
Vineyard Kitchen & Patio at Nighthawk Vineyards uses locally sourced ingredients to create mouth-watering pizzas cooked to perfection in their Portuguese wood-fired oven. Another popular dish is the Charcuterie & Cheese Board, perfect for those looking to share a snack. Enjoy the open-style contemporary design, friendly staff, and most importantly the delicious wine to pair with your meal.
See Ya Later Ranch Restaurant offers a fusion-style lunch experience that is perfect for a mid-wine tour meal. The small, yet flavour packed menu features that are on the fancier side of dining options in OK Falls. This Bistro has limited seating so we recommend making a reservation in advance.
Smoke & Oat Bistro is located at Wild Goose Vineyards and offers a simple yet delicious menu. Using local ingredients, these meals pair perfectly with the wine that is produced just steps away. Enjoy your meal on the open patio overlooking the beautiful vineyard rows basking under the warm Okanagan sun.
Wineries in Okanagan Falls
Meyer Family Vineyards pride themselves on bringing French Burgundian style to the Okanagan. The family-owned and operated winery focuses primarily on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir varieties, which have won them awards on multiple occasions. Come enjoy a tasting, learn about their wine-making process, and enjoy the pure beauty of this place!
Stag’s Hollow Winery is a beautiful property that we think is a must-visit on your OK Falls wine tour. The team here puts an emphasis on handling the grapes as little as possible during the production process to ensure the best taste and highest quality is produced. Enjoy a vineyard tour, a tasting, or relax with a glass of wine and take in the spectacular views from the patio.
Blue Mountain Vineyard & Cellars sits on a beautiful section of the South Okanagan. This family-owned and operated winery focuses on understanding the individual potential for each variety of grape grown here. Enjoy a wine tasting to see the high level of care and passion that goes into each bottle.
Cafes & Treat Shops in Okanagan Falls
KJ Coffee Bar is a cute little cafe in the heart of OK Falls. With both breakfast and lunch options, it’s an ideal place to fuel up for a day of exploration. Freshly baked bread, pies, and pastries are complemented best with your favourite hot drink in this welcoming little cafe.
Tickleberry’s is probably the most popular place in Okanagan Falls. With over 70 ice cream flavours to choose from, you’re in a sweetness wonderland. Be sure to visit the funky gift shop, as well as the fudge factory where you can see it being made right in front of you. This is a must-visit on your way through Okanagan Falls, so bring your sweet tooth with you!
Frog City Cafe is located within the beautiful Linden Gardens and offers a variety of coffee, specialty tea, and freshly baked goods. Relax and enjoy your time here amongst the pretty flowers and lush greenery. This cafe is only open during the warmer months, so be sure to check online before you go!