I’m pleased to finally have a fun post to share. We’ve seemed to live in limbo for the past year and a half, hanging close to home because one (or both) of us wasn’t physically capable of doing much. Needing a break, I proposed a road trip to Penticton, approximately one hour south of us, to explore Skaha and Okanagan Lakes waterfronts. So one sunny day last week we packed a picnic lunch, grabbed the pups and set off.
We headed to Skaha Lake first. We parked at Sudbury Beach (huge bonus – parking’s free), and walked along Skaha Lake Road to Skaha Lake Park.
Skaha Lake, Penticton’s south-facing, smaller lake, has such a pretty setting.
We strolled the long, paved promenade, then wandered back through the lovely grassed park opposite the beach.
At lunchtime, we retrieved the car and returned to Skaha Park, to enjoy our lunch at one of the many shaded picnic tables. This parking lot was also free! Georgie and Bella were happy to snack, drink and relax.
Skaha Lake and Okanagan Lake are connected by the Okanagan (Penticton) River Channel. Hubby and I had fun floating down that channel several years ago.
We found yet another free parking lot (I’m so impressed!) off Riverside Road. It’s just a short walk to the promenade along the north-facing Okanagan Lake.
The SS Sicamous, Canada’s largest remaining sternwheeler, is situated at the west end of the promenade. This impressive steamship has been beached in its current location for many years, although last Spring’s high lake levels briefly floated it.
The SS Naramata is beached nearby.
Okanagan Lake’s beach and promenade were busier than Skaha.
As usual, it was slow going for us because our puppies draw so much interest. We always let folks, young and old, pat and visit with them. The girls love the attention, and it helps with their socialization. We use the stop times to refresh them with water. Bella takes any opportunity to sprawl in the shade.
The lake was curiously devoid of any type of watercraft compared to Kelowna’s congested waterfront.
The iconic “Peach” is located on the easterly side of the promenade. Their tasty cones were worth the price (and calories).
While waiting for our cones, I spotted “The Romp”, life-sized statues of children playing on the beach and decided on a closer look.
Hubby and the girls waited for me in the comfy shade.
Last year, as I mentioned, our lakes rose to flood levels, and these poor children ended up knee-deep in water. Some kind passerby actually provided them with lifejackets. Nice to see everything’s back to normal this year.
Views of the SS Sicamous and the eroded clay cliffs in the background on our stroll back.
Our last stop was at the Penticton Rose Garden. Georgie and Bella enjoyed the shade. I enjoyed the roses.
Two tired, but happy puppies on the drive home. It was a good day.