British Columbia Wildlife Watch - Okanagan Region (Central Okanagan Viewing Sites)
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Within the Central Okanagan area of the Okanagan Region of BC Environment, the following 14 viewing sites are identified.

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   Antlers Beach Regional Park

There is good access to Hardy Creek. A trail alongside leads to Hardy Falls.

Viewing Highlights - Watch for American Dippers year round. Kokanee spawn in the creek from mid September to mid October.

Directions - Located along Highway 97 immediately north of Antlers Beach Provincial Park.

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   Bear Creek Provincial Park

Bear Creek Provincial Park is situated in the Central Okanagan Basin on the west side of Okanagan Lake. The park features 5 km of spectacular, well-marked hiking trails. A picturesque canyon has been carved into the bedrock by Bear Creek tumbling onto a cottonwood-lined delta.

Viewing Highlights - Kokanee spawn in Lambly Creek from mid September to mid October when there is sufficient water. Watch for White-throated Swifts from mid May to mid October.

Directions - The park is located on Westside Road, 9 km off Highway 97, west of Kelowna. From Highway 97, travelling south, leave the city of Kelowna, cross floating bridge on Highway 97 out of Kelowna, travel 2 km and turn west onto Westside Road at the main intersection.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Okanagan District
Box 399, Summerland, B.C. Canada V0H 1Z0
phone: (250) 494-6500
fax: (250) 494-9737
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   Bertram Creek Regional Park

This regional park is situated on Okanagan Lake.

Viewing Highlights - The spring and fall months are best for birding. Look for kinglet, vireos, warblers and sparrows. Common Nighthawks are seen in summer. Many species of grebe and Common Loons may be seen in the lake.

From April to September look for Columbian Ground Squirrels and Yellow-pine Chipmunks.

Directions - Located south of Kelowna on the east side of Okanagan Lake. From Highway 97 in Kelowna turn south onto Pandosy Street which eventually becomes Lakeshore Drive. Continue along Lakeshore Drive to the park entrance on the right side of the road.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan

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   Chichester Waterfowl Sanctuary

This local bird sanctuary is popular with birders.

Viewing Highlights - Spring to fall is best for viewing. Many waterfowl spesies nest at the sanctuary, including Ruddy Duck. Watch for Killdeer, Common Snipe, Downy Woodpecker, Eastern Kingbird, swallows, Yellow-headed Blackbird and American Goldfinch.

Directions - Located in northeast Kelowna.

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City of Kelowna, Parks and Leisure Services
1359 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, B.C. Canada V1W 3N8
phone: (250) 862-5580
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   Kalamoir Regional Park

There are good trails to explore this park.

Viewing Highlights - Black-billed Magpie are resident. From late April through September this is a good park for songbirds. Watch for Western and Eastern Kingbirds, Cedar Waxwing, Western Wood-Pewee, Red-breasted, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, warblers, sparrows, Western Meadowlark, orioles, Nashville Warbler and Common Nighthawk.

Directions - Located along the western shore of Okanagan Lake south of the Highway 97 floating bridge.

For more information contact -

Regional District of Central Okanagan

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   Knox Mountain Nature Park

This local park offers many recreational opportunities. There are a number of trails that provide access throughout the park and its habitats.

Viewing Highlights - From April to September watch for Yellow-bellied Marmots, Yellow-pine Chipmunks and Red Squirrels. California Quails reside in the park. A variety of songbirds may be viewed. Look for Black-headed Grosbeak, Western Bluebird, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Red-breasted, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, Black-billed Magpie, Chipping Sparrow, White-crowned Sparrow, Western Meadowlark, Evening Grosbeak and White-throated Swift.

Directions - Located on the east side of Okanagan Lake and in north Kelowna.

For more information contact -

City of Kelowna, Parks and Leisure Services
1359 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, B.C. Canada V1W 3N8
phone: (250) 862-5580
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   Maude-Roxby Bird Sanctuary

A series of wetland habitat enhencements in the 1980's and early 1990's re-established this urban wetland. Parking is limited.

Viewing Highlights - A wide variety of birds has been recorded at this site. The best viewing is from mid March to mid September. Watch for waterfowl, Common Tern, Mourning Dove,Cedar Waxwing, Orange-crowned Warbler, Twonsend's Warbler and White-crowned Sparrow.

Directions - Located along the east side of Okanagan Lake in south Kelowna.

For more information contact -

City of Kelowna, Parks and Leisure Services
1359 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, B.C. Canada V1W 3N8
phone: (250) 862-5580
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   Mission Creek Linear Park

The dykes trails along both sides of Mission Creek provide good viewing. THere is limited parking at major road crossings.

Viewing Highlights - Black-billed Magpie reside year round. The winter months are best for American Dipper. In spring and summer look for California Quail, woodpeckers, Western Wood-Pewee, Dusky Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Gray Catbird, vireos and warblers.

Directions - Located along the lower reaches od Mission Crek from Lakeshore Drive to about K.L.O. Road.

For more information contact -

City of Kelowna, Parks and Leisure Services
1359 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, B.C. Canada V1W 3N8
phone: (250) 862-5580
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   Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park

Above the lakeshore are over 10,000 hectares of rugged landscape with mountain lakes, grasslands and spruce-fir forests accessible only on foot, horseback or bicycle. A wonderful setting for hikers a climb to the top of Okanagan Mountain will lead you to beautiful scenic lake views to the east and the Monashee Mountains to the west

Viewing Highlights - Watch for woodpeckers, forest birds and a diversity of songbirds.

Directions - Located on the east side of Okanagan Lake, just opposite Peachland on Highway 97. There is no road access into the park, but there are secondary roads from Naramata and Kelowna that offer access to parking lots at the park boundaries. Boat, bicycle, horseback or hike in only. The south parking lot from Naramata is along a very rough road.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Okanagan District
Box 399, Summerland, B.C. Canada V0H 1Z0
phone: (250) 494-6500
fax: (250) 494-9737
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   Pennask Lake Provincial Park

Pennask Lake is situated at 1,450 m in elevation.

Viewing Highlights - In summer watch for Osprey and loons. In June watch for spawning Rainbow Trout.

Directions - Travel west of Kelowna on the Coquihalla Connector Highway 97C, then onto a gravel road called Bear Creek Main. You will travel approximately 50 km on a rough and dusty forestry road. This road is not suited for most recreation vehicles. The last 4 km into the park takes about an hour - this part of the road is extremely rough. Four-wheel drive vehicles are strongly recommended.

For more information contact -

BC Parks, Okanagan District
Box 399, Summerland, B.C. Canada V0H 1Z0
phone: (250) 494-6500
fax: (250) 494-9737
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   Shannon Lake Regional Park

This local park has several trails to explore the park.

Viewing Highlights - May to August is best for viewing. Watch for waterfowl in the lake and Great Blue Herons. A wide range of birds has been recorded here, including Calliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Red-breasted, White-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches, Western and Mountain Bluebirds, Western Tanager, sparrows and orioles.

Directions - Located about 3 km north of Westbacnk. From Highway 97 in Westbacnk turn north onto Old Okanagan Road, eventually turning right onto Shannon Lake Road. The park is on the right side of the road.

For more information contact -

Regional District of Central Okanagan

phone: (250) 490-8200
fax: (250) 492-1314

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   Summerland Trout Hatchery

This provincial hatchery is popular with visitors.

Viewing Highlights - Facilities include a fisheries interpretative centre depicting the hatchery program. The public is welcome to view the site and hatchery. Species raised include Rainbow Trout and Brook Char.

Directions - Located 14 km north of Penticton on Highway 97. Turn right on Lakeside Drive and continue for 1 km.

For more information contact -

Summerland Trout Hatchery
Site #11, Comp. #8, R.R. #1, Summerland, B.C. Canada V0H 1Z0
phone: (250) 494-0491
fax: (250) 494-3046

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   Sutherland Hills Park

Situated along the Mission Creek corridor, this park has many trails to explore the park's habitats.

Viewing Highlights - Birding is best from April to September. Look forCalliope Hummingbird, Rufous Hummingbird, Western Wood-Pewee, Dusky Flycatcher, nuthatches, Western Bluebird, vireos, Warblers, Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak and orioles.

Directions - Located off Springfield Road and Benvoulin Road in Kelowna.

For more information contact -

City of Kelowna, Parks and Leisure Services
1359 K.L.O. Road, Kelowna, B.C. Canada V1W 3N8
phone: (250) 862-5580
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   Woodhaven Nature Conservancy

This small site contains several trails that wind through the various forests habitats.

Viewing Highlights - From March to October watch for Red Squirrels. California Quail and Black-billed Magpie are present year round. The best birding occurs from May to September. Watch for hummingbirds, woodpeckers and swallows. Songbirds include Nashville Warbler, Western Tanager, Cassin's Finch, and Evening Grosbeak.

Directions - Located in south Kelowna on Raymer Road.

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Regional District of Central Okanagan

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