Fintry Park includes 360 hectares of the former Fintry Estate, a heritage site with a colourful history. From the delta area to a forested area made up of ridges and deep slopes, this park offers two dramatically different topographical areas. There is over 2km of waterfront with surrounding mountains and deep canyons. Shorts Creek passes through a deep canyon creating a series of waterfalls and deep pools. With almost two kilometres of waterfront property, the park has opportunities for camping, swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, and wildlife viewing. Recreational users can enjoy the natural sand beach while wildlife viewers can hike the Canyon trail and view a variety of birds, small mammals, deer, and bighorn sheep in the higher regions.
Historical features throughout the park include the Manor House, the octagonal barn and several other farm buildings. A small wetland area located south of the Packing House, a portion of lakeshore and the Shorts Creek corridor and canyon below Westside Road are designated special feature-natural conservation areas. Notable features within the zone include a large eagle’s nest, old growth cottonwoods, and several wildlife trees, Shorts Creek waterfall and kokanee spawning grounds. The Fintry Manor House, garden, the barns, remnant power generation, and irrigation systems are special heritage features.
Fintry Protected Area was established on April 18, 2001, to enhance the ecological viability of the existing park. This protected area protects important California bighorn sheep habitat and provides increased representation of the North Okanagan Basin ecosection by capturing an increased elevational gradient as well as providing a spectacular canyon and hiking and viewing opportunities.
All campsites and group site reservations must be made through the BC Parks reservations system. When reservations are not available, all campsites function as first-come, first-served.
Campsite reservations are accepted. During the peak season, all of the sites reservable and non-occupied reservation sites can accommodate first-come, first-served customers for one, or perhaps more nights, depending on availability.
Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park.
There is a group camping area at Fintry. It consists of a spacious three-lane wide paved loop around a central grassy area. Around the outside of the pavement there are three pods located on open lawn. There is plenty of room for large RVs.
Pod 1 is the smallest of the three and consists of a fire ring and several tables. Pod 1 is best suited for up to 40 campers.
Pod 2 backs on to a steep hill. It has a larger fire ring, several tables and a cook shelter. The shelter is a half-wall structure with a tin roof and a cement floor. Inside there are tables, stove, counter with shelving, and sink. Pod 2 is best suited to accommodate up to 60 campers.
Pod 3 has a fire pit, several tables and a similar shelter as pod 2. Pod 3 can accommodate up to 60 campers.
All three pods share four flush toilets and two water taps in the groupsite area and are only a short walk away from a shower house.
Youth group camping charges per night are $1 per person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the youth group policy about criteria for youth groups.
Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $120.00 per group site per night, plus $5 per adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1 per child (6-15). There is no fee for children under the age of 6.
This park offers 158 vehicle-accessible campsites. The gate to the campground is locked during the off-season. The campsites are arranged in two areas that differ dramatically in landscape. During the peak season, all of the sites reservable and non-occupied reservation sites can accommodate first come, first served customers for one, or perhaps more nights, depending on availability.
Campsites #1 to 50 have been upgraded and redeveloped in order to reduce the environmental impact on the old growth forest. Previously, campsites were not defined and allowed multiple campers in an area, and as a result of the upgrading, please be advised that the campsites are redesigned as individual campsites.
Campsites #51 to 75 and Campsites #76 to 100 were built in 1999, most are located in an open, grassy area rimmed by aspen, cottonwood, and other shrubs. They are arranged in two loops and include seven double sites. Shade is limited on some of the sites, but the well-spaced sites separated by tall grass are somewhat private. The sites are fairly large gravel pads with a picnic table and a fire ring.
Campsites #111 to 160 are located in an open, grassy area. Shade is limited on most of the sites. The sites are fairly large gravel pads with a picnic table and a fire ring.
All camping areas are accessed off the main road into the park. After driving past the historic barns and through the grassy delta, the group site is on your left, the road to the manor house, day-use beach parking, boat launch and sites #51-100 just past that on the right and access to sites #1-50 straight ahead.
This park has a variety of day-use activities. Visitors can hike in Shorts Creek Canyon, wander past the heritage buildings (entry is prohibited) or relax on the beach. The day-use beach area is accessed from the new campground. There is a paved parking lot a short distance along a wide gravel trail from the coarse sand beach beside the Packing House. There are tables and a pit toilet near the beach and the swimming area is marked with buoys. The beach extends past the Packing House and around the point. There are opportunities for bird watching in the wetland and old growth cottonwood southwest of the Packing House.
Two gravel parking lots straddle the road to sites 51-100. They provide parking for those wishing to access the Manor House and the large irrigated lawns surrounding it. A labyrinth is located east of the Manor House.
The park has mostly flush toilets, however, there are also a couple of pit toilets located throughout the park.
There are three shower buildings for registered guests only. One is located in between sites 25 and 26. It is a concrete block building with five showers and three flush toilets. The building also has a dishwashing station at the rear end for your convenience. The second shower building is located in the 51-110 section behind sites 100 and 101 the paved day-use parking area. It has four shower stalls and two toilet and sink stalls, each with individually locking rooms. The third shower building is located at the entrance of section 112-160 it has 7 showers, 4 flush toilets and a urinal including an accessible washroom. The building also has a dishwashing station at the back end.
Drinking water is available in the park. There are cold water taps in the campgrounds and taps in the shower buildings.
There are 2 playground areas available at the park.
There is a paved boat launch and a floating dock for easy boat access.
There are two sani-station located by the falls day-use parking lot. Drinking water is also available at the sani-stations during the collecting season from March 31 to Oct 9, 2023.
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 campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere 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 organic matter to the soil.
Campfires are not permitted in the Protected Area as there are no facilities provided for fires.
Shorts Creek trail has narrow, steep cliffs. Trail starts approximately 1 to 2km from the campground area where there is parking for 6 or 7 vehicles on a gravel pullout just past the octagonal dairy barn. The trail follows the fenced corral to enter the canyon behind the old bunkhouse building. A staircase of milled lumber climbs steep north side of the canyon. The staircase has handrails and another rail at knee level.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. After the first flight of stairs, the trail levels out to an area perched on the edge of the canyon opposite the base of the waterfall and fenced in by a chain link fence. The area offers a stunning view of the two-tiered cascade and the steep canyon walls. The stairs continue up to a series of three wooden viewing platforms each offering a slightly different view of the falls as the stairs climb higher up the canyon wall. The third, and largest platform, offers the best view looking both down on the falls and the other platforms, and upstream to a corner where the canyon narrows and a pool forms.
There are fantastic views of Okanagan Lake and the Fintry Delta. Saskatoon bushes cling to life on the edge of the canyon beside the platform which has a small triangular bench. Above this are the remnants of the irrigation system. There is no designated trail beyond the chain link fence that blocks off access to the irrigation system. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails away from the steep cliffs of the canyon. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
There are no lifeguards on duty. A natural sand beach and warm water makes this park ideal for swimming.
With almost 2km of waterfront, the park has lots of opportunities for canoeing.
With almost 2km of waterfront, the park has lots of opportunities for kayaking.
Various freshwater fish available in Okanagan Lake. Please obey posted signs regarding speed and vessel restrictions. 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 freshwater fishing regulations synopsis. Also see boat launch information.
There are viewing platforms situated in key locations on the Shorts Creek Canyon trail that offer spectacular views of the waterfalls and of remnants of the irrigation and power generation system built in the early 1900s.
Pets and domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas (except for the designated pet beach) 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 wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. No mountain biking trails.
Please note that bicycles with electric assist motors (e-bikes) are not allowed on the trails within Fintry Park. E-bikes are restricted to park roads and areas where motorized use is permitted. The only exception to this policy will be for authorized and identified trail maintenance bikes conducting work on behalf of BC Parks.
There is a sunken barge reportedly offshore of the park. An existing diving site is located across from Fintry on the east side of Okanagan Lake at Ellison Park.
Fintry Park on the delta is closed to hunting. The Protected Area, located above Westside Road and encompassing Shorts Creek Canyon above the road is open to hunting. Please check the BC hunting and trapping regulations synopsis for more details.
The park is located on Fintry Delta road, off Westside road, approximately 34km north of Kelowna or 49km south of Vernon. The park is on the northwest side of Okanagan Lake. Watch for marker signs located on Hwy 97. Access is also possible by boat: 6km across Okanagan Lake from Ellison Park and 6km across the lake from Kopje Regional District Park in Lake Country. The closest communities, towns and cities are Kelowna, Vernon, Lake Country (across Okanagan Lake), and the Westside Road Community Plan area from Trader’s Cove to Killiney Beach.
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The Park was established April 30, 1996. The estate was purchased in December 1995 and officially became a park in the Spring of 1996. It is one of the few remaining natural areas in the Okanagan that has not yet succumbed to the pressures of growth and development.
The Protected Area was established on April 18, 2001
The small amount of archaeological evidence visible at Fintry suggests that the Shorts Creek delta was a summer fishing camp and was on a trade route through the Okanagan Region. During the 19th century, fur traders for the Hudson’s Bay Company were the first to make contact with the native inhabitants of the valley. The park contains a short section of the Okanagan Brigade Trail.
The Fintry Estate exemplifies the agricultural and settlement history of the Okanagan Valley. It was one of the valley’s early pioneer settlements functioning as a self-sufficient community in the early 1900’s. Fintry’s first Eurocanadian settler was a pioneer steamboat captain, Thomas D. Shorts who established a fleet of freight boats on Okanagan Lake and played an important role in the maritime history of the Okanagan.
In 1909, James Cameron Dunwaters purchased the property naming it Fintry after an ancestral estate in Scotland. He erected many of the heritage buildings which currently exist, including the Manor House, made of stone quarried from the area, the very unique Octagonal Dairy Barn for his Ayrshire cattle, the Packing House, the Gatekeepers House and several farm buildings. Remnants of power generation and irrigation systems are visible along Shorts Creek. The octagonal barn and packing house are possible candidates for national historic designation underscoring their value and the importance of the park.
The high importance of the park for conservation is unexpected in an area this size given its immense heritage value. A key feature protected by the park is the Shorts Creek Canyon, which contains many scenic waterfalls. It offers important spawning grounds for kokanee and essential rearing habitat for rainbow trout and eastern brook trout in their first two years of life.
Fintry was important within the historic range of California bighorn sheep with a full range of habitat including escape terrain along the canyon. The park also has class one deer winter range that is used extensively during severe winter conditions.
The old growth cottonwoods along the beach are a red listed plant community. The park offers two dramatically different topographical areas: a delta at the mouth of Shorts Creek dominated by old orchard trees and hay fields, and a forested area made up of mature ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir. Ponderosa pine forest is one of the most threatened forest types because of urban growth and resource development activities and is very sensitive to disturbance. Another rare plant found in the park is the blue listed Okanagan Flame Flower.
Blue listed California bighorn sheep and Townsend’s Big-eared bats are present in the park along with the red listed Western Grebe. Other wildlife is abundant and includes black and grizzly bear, lynx, marten, coyote, moose, white-tail and mule deer, ruffed grouse, northern goshawk, great horned owl, pileated woodpecker. A bald eagle’s nest is found in the cottonwoods south of the Packing House.
BC Parks honours Indigenous Peoples’ connection to the land and respects the importance of their diverse teachings, traditions, and practices within these territories. This park webpage may not adequately represent the full history of this park and the connection of Indigenous Peoples to this land. We are working in partnership with Indigenous Peoples to update our websites so that they better reflect the history and cultures of these special places.