Located on the southern end of Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley, and known locally as OK Falls, the little community of Okanagan Falls was originally known as Dogtown, from the Okanagan First Nations word Skaha, meaning dog, after which the nearby Skaha Lake was named.
Okanagan Falls was named after small twin waterfalls that were once part of a scenic natural landscape located at the southern end of Skaha Lake where it emptied into the Okanagan River. The falls were reduced to a series of gentle rapids in the 1950’s with the construction of a flood control dam to control the level of water flowing south in the Okanagan River.
Okanagan Falls is a charming little town best visited for its tasty pleasures: It is home to the largest ice-cream cone seller in the valley, Tickleberry’s; and numerous prestigious wineries. The community of Okanagan Falls was founded on agriculture, and today provides fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious dried fruits and award winning wines.
The South Okanagan area offers a diverse variety of outdoor recreation, including miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, along with rock climbing, boating, parasailing, swimming, fishing, wildlife watching, skiing, and golfing on the several championship golf courses. Wildlife is plentiful, with frequent sightings of bighorn sheep and deer, while elk, bear, moose, cougar and a variety of other wildlife can be found in the surrounding mountains.
OK Falls is part of School District #53 and home to the Okanagan Falls Elementary School (Kindergarten – Grade 7), which also houses an out-of-school care program and Strong Start center. Nearby, you’ll find the OK Falls Parks and Recreation office and the Zen & Fitness Centre.
While OK Falls itself is not home to certain facilities of its own, such as a hospital or high-school, it’s other charming features, as well as it’s proximity to the larger city of Penticton (found only 19 kilometers to the north) still makes it a very desirable location.
Okanagan Falls approximately 2,500 residents enjoy one of the mildest climates in Canada, with lots of warm dry weather and very high annual hours of sunshine.
Okanagan Falls is located on Highway 97 at the southern end of Skaha Lake in the South Okanagan, 13 miles (21 km) north of Oliver and 12 miles (19 km) south of Penticton.