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Total number of campsites
Total reservable frontcountry sites: 143
Total vehicle-accessible sites: 143
Total double sites: 18

During the peak season, campsite reservations are required for all campsites in Bear Creek Park. All campsite reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservation service. For more information on reservations, see the frontcountry camping page.

When the campground is open outside peak season, all sites are available on a first come, first served basis. For information on when campsites are open and when reservations are required, see the dates of operation section, above.  

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Vehicle-accessible camping

The park has one campground, though it is divided by Lambly (Bear) Creek. There are 143 vehicle-accessible campsites in the park, including 18 double sites.

Campsite reservations are available at this park. For more information, see the ‘reservations’ section, above.

North side

Sites one through 80 are on the north side of the creek in two loops. These medium-to-large-sized sites are found among well-spaced trees and irrigated lawns. The trees are trimmed and there is a mix of coniferous and deciduous varieties, including many non-native species. The effect is of fairly open, well-manicured grounds. The sites are gravel and each has a fire ring and picnic table on a cement pad. There are no barbeque table attachments. Nine of these sites back onto the creek. These are slightly smaller and surrounded by more dense vegetation.

Newly developed sites 123 through 143 are also on the north side. Fourteen of these sites offer 30-amp power and seven of them are pull-through sites with 50-amp power, sewers, and water. The pull-through sites are paved and do not allow tents. The other 14 sites are gravel. Each of these sites has a fire ring and a picnic table. 

South side

Crossing the creek, leads to sites 81 through 122 on the south side of the creek. Though most of this area is shaded, some of it is open with newly planted saplings, an irrigated lawn, and raised beds of bark-mulch landscaped with low growing plants and bushes between the sites. This area has its own shower and washroom building and taps.

Entering the campground

A gatehouse is situated near the park entrance just off Westside Road with a payphone and an information shelter. There is a gate on Westside Road that is locked from 11pm to 7am during the operating season and then locked during the off-season. 


Regular vehicle-accessible sites 
Standard camping fee$35 per party per night
BC Senior Camping Discount rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$17.50 per senior party per night 
Electrified sites
30-amp site$43 per party per night ($35 camping fee plus $8 electrical) 
50-amp site$45 per party per night ($35 camping fee plus $10 electrical)
BC Senior Camping Discount rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only)$26 per party per night ($16 camping fee plus $10 50-amp electrical)
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Accessibility information

Get accessibility information for Bear Creek Park and Bear Creek Canyon.

Drinking water

Cold well water is available for cooking and drinking. Taps are located throughout the campground.


Bear Creek Park has a playground equipped with two separate structures, designed for two separate age groups. The first structure is designed for children ages two to six. The second is designed for the more adventurous children ages eight to 12. The playground is located in the grassy area beside campsites 30 and 31. There is plenty of room for parents to sit on the grass and watch or engage with their children in the playground.


A sani-station is available during the collecting season. It is located across Westside Road from the gatehouse next to the Canyon Trail parking area. There is a $5 per-discharge fee.

Electrical hook-ups

Bear Creek Park offers 51 reservable, vehicle-accessible campsites with electrical hook-ups:

  • Sites 123 to 129, 131, 133, 136, 140, 142, and 143 offer 30-amp service
  • Sites 130, 132, 134, 135, 137, 139, and 141 are pull-through, paved sites that offer 50-amp electrical service and water
  • Sites 46 to 80 offer 30-amp service

Each site has its own picnic table and fire ring.

There is an additional electrical service charge of $8 per night for sites that offer 30-amp power and $10 per night for sites that offer 50-amp power and water (whether the power is in use or not).


While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using camping stoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please do not gather firewood from the area around your campsite or anywhere else in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act ). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds valuable organic matter to the soil.

Picnic areas

Bear Creek Park offers a day-use area with 12 picnic tables and parking for 80 vehicles. To access this day-use area, turn left as you enter the campground. Alternatively, large, open lawns can be found throughout the park. 

At the main day-use area, picnic tables are spread out on lawns overlooking the beach and shaded by well-spaced, mature cottonwood and oak trees. The picnic area offers great views across the lake to Knox Mountain and the city of Kelowna. 

Right next to the parking lot is a bathroom and change house with flush toilets that are wheelchair-accessible. A kiosk beside the change house has interpretive signs discussing the area and some of the issues facing this park.  

Pit or flush toilets

Flush and pit toilets are located conveniently throughout the campground. There is a washroom building found at the park entrance just past the gatehouse with wheelchair-accessible shower stalls. Two more flush toilet buildings with shower stalls are next to sites 26 and 54. The southern campsite loop also has a washroom building with flush toilets and shower stalls. There are two pit toilets across Westside Road, one at the trailhead and another in the middle of the trail loop.


There are hot showers in the washrooms. See the ‘pit or flush toilets’ section, above, for more information. There is no extra charge for showers, which are for registered guests only.

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At Bear Creek Park, gentle trails take hikers along the creek as it passes through the campground. For those seeking a more demanding hike the Bear Creek Canyon trail offers spectacular views of the creek and the surrounding area. 

For your own safety and preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Taking shortcuts destroys plant life and soil structure.

The Bear Creek Canyon Trail

Allow one hour to hike this route. 

The trail leaves the parking lot and makes a loop of the canyon. Hikers can cross the creek on a footbridge to the north side of the canyon and begin their ascent of the slope. A sturdy staircase of milled lumber makes the climb a little easier and reduces impact on the plant life and soil structure. A viewpoint after the first flight of stairs offers a place to rest and look down at the creek.

The wide, hard-packed trail continues up the rim of the canyon with two more viewpoints perched on the edge of the canyon wall and hemmed in by chainlink fence. The view of the creek, as it meanders through the steep-walled canyon forming various ripples and small waterfalls, is fantastic. Gradually the trail levels out and then begins a descent to the creek. A pit toilet is located here. The trail follows the creek for a short distance before crossing to the south side.

The canyon forms a microclimate with noticeably different vegetation on the two sides of the creek. The slope on the north is dry with Ponderosa pine and bunches of grass while the cooler south side has Douglas fir and carpets of moss, evidence of more moisture and shade. 

The Canyon Trail was affected by a wildfire in 2011. Wildfires have produced many hazards in the area. You should be aware of these hazards and the increased risk of injury prior to entering the area. The hazards include unstable trees, holes, and loose rock. The hazards have been reduced along the main trail system and campground areas. Travel off the main trail system has an increased level of risk.


Over 400m of coarse, sandy beach stretches the length of the campground from the day-use area to the creek. There are pebbles on the beach but no big rocks in the water. The beach is narrow and the swimming area is marked with buoys. 

There are no lifeguards on duty at BC Parks.


Canoes and kayaks are welcome. A private company on site offers people-powered water toy rentals from Wednesday to Sunday starting June 21.


Various freshwater fish are available in Okanagan Lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence. For information about freshwater fishing, including regulations, restrictions, and limits, please check the BC freshwater fishing regulations synopsis.

Interpretive programs

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands-on, Learn to Fish Program that will teach basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Contact the park operator for information.

Wildlife viewing

There are excellent views of the canyon and lake from the Bear Creek Canyon Trail. Cottonwoods along the creek and delta provide habitat for a variety of birds, creating birdwatching opportunities.

Pets on leash

Domestic animals must be leashed at all times and they are not allowed in beach areas or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to the potential for problems with bears and other wildlife.


Cycling is allowed only on roadways in Bear Creek Park. There are no mountain biking trails within the park.

In particular, bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within the park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy is for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.

Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. 


Okanagan Lake provides many waterskiing and jetskiing opportunities. Jetski and boat rentals are available at Lake Okanagan Resort, 10 minutes north of the park on Westside Road.