Most Popular View Points
Kalmalka Lake Provincial Park
Walk amongst the pine forests to stunning viewpoints overlooking the turquoise waters of Kalamalka Lake. Head down to the beaches to enjoy a swim on a hots summers day. Make sure to bring your dog to the beautiful pet beach along the rocky shoreline of Kalamalka Lake.
Not technically a mountain but enjoy 360 degree views on this short hike. Enjoy the sunset over the City of Vernon, Coldstream Valley and Kalamalka Lake.
Grey Canal Trail – Bella Vista section, Turtle Mountain section and Coldstream Valley Estates section
Walk the old irrigation system and learn about the agriculture history along the Grey Canal Trail. These sections have sweeping views of the valley, orchards and multiple lakes.
Tower Trail in Kenna Cartwright Park
Easy-ish hike through one of BC’s largest municipal parks. Rewarded with sweeping view of the city.
Take a walk along the River’s Trail in Riverside Park. Be sure to stop at the pier and see where the North and South Thompson Rivers connect. The word Kamloops is the English translation of the Shuswap word Tk’emlúps, which means “where the rivers meet”.
Highway 1 Lookout over Kamloops Lake
Worth the road trip out past award-winning Tobiano golf course. The rest stop and lookout on hwy 1 overlooks Kamloops Lake.
Anarchist Mountain Lookout
No trip to the South Okanagan is complete without a visit to the Anarchist Mountain Lookout in Osoyoos. Anarchist Mountain Lookout is a stunning viewpoint located just outside of Osoyoos. Rising 1,491 metres (4,892 ft) above sea level, Anarchist Mountain offers panoramic views of Osoyoos Lake, the town, as well as South towards Washington State and the Town of Oroville, WA. How to get there: Head East on Highway 3 from Osoyoos. Follow the switchback for approximately 7 km until you reach the area to safely pull off on the right-hand side. Viewpoint signs will prompt you as you head to this area. Parking is limited, so please be mindful of other visitors.
sẁiẁs Provincial Park
sẁiẁs park is located within the traditional territory of the Osoyoos Indian Band. Since time immemorial, the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Okanagan ancestors have inhabited and cared for the lands and waters within their traditional territory. Known far and wide for how unique this provincial park is, Swiws is a provincial park on a peninsula that extends out 1km into Osoyoos Lake. The main loop trail fully paved, so it acts as an outstanding option to bike to from locations in town. The park also is home to a wetland trail, providing access to the habitat of the many types of birds and wildlife that live in the biome.
kłlilx’w (Spotted Lake)
kłlilx’w or Spotted Lake is a small lake rich in a variety of minerals, including calcium, sodium sulphates and magnesium sulphate. During the hot summer months, much of the water in the lake evaporates, leaving concentrations of these minerals that form the spots visible in the lake. Throughout the summer, the spots shift in size and colour as the minerals within each change with further evaporation. Colours ranging from blue to green to yellow appear, depending on the mineral makeup of each individual spot.
Knox Mountain is close to downtown Kelowna and gives panoramic views north and south along Okanagan Lake, with downtown and William R Bennett Bridge also viewable
Climb to the top of the extinct volcano in West Kelowna for view overlooking vineyards & wineries along Okanagan Lake
Myra Canyon Trestles
18 trestles & 2 tunnels offer exceptional views of Myra Canyon, including some views that reach all the way to downtown Kelowna
Famous for its iconic PENTICTON sign, Munson Mountain is a favourite hike known for its breathtaking scenery and photo opportunities. Start from the parking lot at the base of the mountain and follow the trail to the summit. Great for families and all ages.
Little Tunnel/KVR Trail
The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) Trail is one of the most iconic attractions in Penticton. Easily accessible from downtown Penticton, the KVR trail works its way out of the city to the north through some residential neighbourhoods before opening up and following along the eastern ridge line of the Naramata Bench. From there you are surrounded by vineyards and orchards for the rest of the ride as you head towards the village of Naramata or the iconic Little Tunnel lookout, with just a 2.2% grade heading north, and plenty of winery and lookout stops along the way. The trail from Penticton to Little Tunnel is about 17 km one way (about 2.5 hours round-trip by bike), and is a very popular activity for both locals and visitors, and is made more accessible (and quicker) when you rent an e-bike for the ride.
Okanagan orSkaha Lake promenades
One of only cities located between 2 lakes, it is the perfect location to take a stroll along the promenades located on both lakes.