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Campground recommendation in Okanagan

Calgary, Canada
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Campground recommendation in Okanagan

We're looking for a campground to stay in for a couple nights while tenting with our toddler. We're interested in a place that has a nice beach so that we could swimming, with a campground either in the campground or close by, and we'd like if there were a lot of trees around the campsite for shade/privacy. Any suggestions? Thanks!

Penticton, Canada
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1. Re: Campground recommendation in Okanagan

hi

these are campgrounds that are at the south end of Penticton - http://goo.gl/maps/FyCd Wrights is on the lake the other are across the street from Skaha Lake. Banbury Green is on the lake in Kaleden.

and Illahie in Summerland is on Okanagan Lake.

Use google view (drag the yellow guy on left side) to have a look.

Hopefully someone from Kelowna or Vernon can get you more info.

from this list okanaganvacationguide.com/south-okanagan-cam…

Kelowna, Canada
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2. Re: Campground recommendation in Okanagan

Check out Bear Creek Provincial campsite on the westside of Okanagan Lake.

West Kelowna, Canada
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3. Re: Campground recommendation in Okanagan

Hi, if you are in the Kelowna area, this is a hidden gem right on Okanagan Lake in Westbank. Lots of shady trees for those hot summer days!

http://www.westbaybeachresort.com/

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4. Re: Campground recommendation in Okanagan

Note that the West Bay Beach Resort mentioned above is an RV park, and according to their website, does not take reservations for less than a week in the summer (Saturday to Saturday).

I have just come back from a camping (tenting) trip in BC - we spent almost two weeks in the Shuswap and Okanagan area, including several nights camped at Bear Creek Provincial Park (our second time there). It has a nice beach and lots of trees, but also some lawn areas. It has a more a "manicured" look to it, compared to other parks where we stayed (in the Shuswaps) that were "forested".

We had also looked into Banbury Green, as it had been recommended to us by a couple of friends. However, we tend to prefer BC Parks campgrounds over private ones, because most of the private ones are geared to RVs, not tenting, and are often more like parking lots, with very little space and visual privacy between the campsites. Banbury Green looked nicer than most (on their website), but there are very few photos, and the ones that are there show typical, fairly open RV sites. (I'm sure it must be much easier backing an RV into a campsite when there are fewer trees around.) Also, at $45 per night, that's pretty expensive for tenting, imo.

When I was planning our trip, I relied on the BC Parks website: http://www.env.gov.bc.ca/bcparks/ , using the "search by location" or "search by facility". You don't say which part of the Okanagan you are looking for campgrounds in, but the "search by location" will show you what's in the area and then you can narrow it down. For us, having showers at the campground was important, since we were planning on hiking and biking, and although we stayed at three different lakeshore campgrounds, the water was still really cold in May so there was no way we were going in swimming!

On another trip a couple of years ago, we stayed at Haynes Point CG near Osoyoos, which we really liked (lakefront, lots of privacy between sites) - I understand that it is VERY popular in summer and that you need reservations (we were there in autumn).

Hope this helps!

Edited: 10 June 2012, 17:40
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