Check out the beauty of Kalamalka Lake known for its spectacular range of colours, from teal to cyan to indigo. Kalamalka Lake is precious to local communities – not only for its beauty and water sports, but also as our source of drinking water. Much of the area surrounding Kalamalka Lake is within provincial protected areas conserving our unique drylands ecosystems. Watch for raptors perched in majestic ponderosa pine trees, the seasonal change of blooming wildflowers and fish spawning along the shoreline – it is easy to see nature in action.
There are plenty of places to slow down and connect with nature, along or close to the trail. Kekuli Bay Provincial Park, right along the trail, offers a great place to camp or picnic, a pebble beach, and a great spot for nature viewing. Try out the Crystal Waters Trail above the Okanagan Rail Trail for a forest adventure with great views!
Keep watch for nature’s wonders along the trail, on the water, or on the slopes above, and pull off or to the side of the trail to view more.
South of Kalamalka Lake, and connected by the Oyama Channel is Wood Lake, one of the Okanagan’s warmest and calmest lake. It’s well-known for kokanee and trout fishing, water sports and beaches. Wood Lake Circle is an approximate 19 km lake loop walk or bike ride on the Okanagan Rail Trail and Pelmewash Parkway that’s ideal for all ages and ability levels.
Photo credits: Tom Skinner, Karen Miller, Debbie Clarke
The Okanagan Rail Trail is a place of legacy, connections, discovery and enjoyment. It is a public space with the potential to be world class. Every person who uses or appreciates the trail has the opportunity to be a friend to the trail – to give back and support the programs that will continue make the trail the best it can be.