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Sun-Oka Beach Provincial Park
About This Park
The park provides outstanding beach, waterplay and picnic opportunities as well as fantastic views down Okanagan Lake.
For your convenience, during the summer season this park has a concession managed by the Park Operator.
Old-growth cottonwood is rapidly disappearing in the Okanagan Valley. The remnant protected in the park is important. Trails along Trout Creek access the edges of the old-growth. Further development is not planned as it could be detrimental to forest health and public safety.
Established Date: July 7, 1969
Park Size: 30 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Use caution when swimming near the buoys since there are often many motorboats and jet skis in the area.
- There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.
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Nature and Culture
- Conservation: A small portion of rare old growth cottonwood riparian habitat adjacent to Trout Creek is protected. The cottonwoods and associated wetland thickets provide food and shelter for a variety of birds, insects and small mammals. Bird seen in the area include the Northern oriole, warbling vireos and the blue-listed Lewis’s woodpecker. The park also conserves 558m of shoreline and 100m of Okanagan Lake foreshore.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Park opening/closing dates with full services in effect: April 17 – October 25 (The gates are locked during the off-season and entrance gate locked nightly at Sunset approximately 9:00pm).
This park has a group picnic site just off the eastern parking lot. It consists of 10 picnic tables in a large circle. They are on cement pads which, in turn, are on gravel. There is a central fire ring and also a tap. The area is away from the beach, shaded by trees and backed by thick shrubs.
This park has a wonderful day-use/picnic area, with some 90 picnic tables and 500m of fine sand beach, that is very popular with area residents. There are five adjoining parking lots for 200 cars separated by irrigated lawn and large shade trees to keep most vehicles from getting to hot while parked. There is a separate parking area for trailers and RVs.
A short, 30-metre walk along paved access leads from the parking area to the cement toilet/change building and concession and then to the beach. A 3m strip of pavement surrounds the 380 square metre building which is separated from the beach by a stone retaining wall complete with juniper bushes in planters at either end. A set of eight concrete stairs leads down to the beach from either end of the building. There are two benches on a small strip of lawn in front of the building and a phone on the west side.
A metre and a half wide paved path parallels the beach to the west of the building for roughly 150m. It accesses the beach and a strip of picnic tables. The tables on the beach are set on cement pads and shaded by Ponderosa pine trees while the tables on the lawn on the other side of the path are shaded by deciduous trees. The beach is very popular with boaters and a large section of it has been designated for their use: from roughly 100m along the path to the western end of the beach is for boaters only. There are picnic tables, two fire rings and a volleyball net in this area. Ski boats are reminded to enter and exit the beach in a clockwise direction. No anchors within 100m of the beach due to the water intake pipe; boats can beach.
A similar paved path parallels the beach to the east of the change building for roughly 120m. There are more tables on the beach on this side. These tables are less shaded with fewer Ponderosa pine trees present. Some of the tables have BBQ attachments and there are two fire rings. The lawn area on this side is smaller and blends into shrubs and forest. There are five very shaded tables in the shrubs with no lake view.