Local residents and visitors from around the world come here looking for natural areas, trails, heritage features, beaches and other outdoor experiences. Luckily, we've got all that and more in the Regional Parks of the Central Okanagan.
Regional Parks can be found from Peachland in the south to Lake Country in the north. These parks provide experiences through an environmental education centre, heritage museums, beaches, pristine hiking trails, 2 campgrounds and park programs like nature photography. There really is something for everyone.
Quick facts about the Regional Parks system:
There are 31 Regional Parks with more than 1,900 hectares in the Central Okanagan.
( Pick A Park Map ) A few of the newest parks are not yet open to the public until development and access plans are completed.
Regional Parks are generally larger parks with natural areas that demonstrate important landscapes from our region. Link to Wheelchair Accessible Parks listing
They provide opportunities for outdoor activities that will attract people from throughout the Central Okanagan.
There are free interpretive programs for schools and community groups offered in most Regional Parks. View the Parks Newsletter for information!
Several parks have heritage buildings or artifacts.
Popular Parks Information Links:
Living Greener in the Central Okanagan
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Families in Parks
Get the whole family active and celebrating the outdoors!
Join Regional Parks staff as they provide some free activities for the entire family at our ‘Families in Parks’ events. Activities take place between 10:00 am and 11:30 am and require pre-registration.
- Sunday, April 19th you’re invited to ‘Sensory Spring Surprise’ at Shannon Lake Regional Park, just off Shannon Lake Road in West Kelowna. This hands-on exploration of nature is perfect for every member of your family, no matter their age!
To register your family for these free events, or other ‘Families in Parks’ events, please drop in to the Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 250-469-6139.
Eco-Art at the EECO
Bring your imagination and join in the fun Saturday mornings for ‘Eco-Art at the EECO’.
Each Saturday morning at 11, you’ll create works of art with recycled and natural materials.
There’s no need to pre-register for this free program, just drop into the EECO a few minutes early. All ages are welcome to take part!
The Environmental Education Centre for the Okanagan is located in Mission Creek Regional Park, Springfield and Durnin Roads.
For more information please visit www.regionaldistrict.com/parksevents, drop-in or call the EECO at 250-469-6140.
Parks for All Seasons
Here's a new short video that shows some of our regional parks at every time of year!