Spring is such a great time to be outdoors and enjoy seeing the earth come to life again. It’s March and we’re in the south Okanagan and I want to share a beautiful spring hike in the south Okanagan – Naramata Falls that we’ve done this month. Spring in the South Okanagan is beautiful!
This is a popular hike if you want to check it out if you’re in the area or in the area at this time of year. This hike looks much different in the spring as compared to the summer, but new growth and the singing of birds was all around. It was a great way to spend a spring day.
For all you international visitors to my blog who are wondering where or what is the Okanagan -it’s in Canada. It’s an area in the southern interior part of the province of British Columbia, which is the first province on the west side of Canada. The south Okanagan is an area surrounding the communities on or near Highway 97, which runs from Osoyoos (near the Canadian/USA border) through Vernon to Kamloops and on into the Cariboo.
The south Okanagan is known for its milder climate year round and hot summers. It is a fruit growing area with many varieties of orchards and vineyards.
The hike to Naramata Falls is 1.77 km out and back, taking about 20-30 minutes depending on your speed. There are places along the trail that cross the creek; two of the places have bridges, and a couple of places do not. You can cross over a tree that spreads across the creek or wear waterproof shoes that you don’t mind getting wet.
There are a lot of beautiful hikes in this area; I’m just sharing one of them with you today: the Naramata Falls hike.
Naramata Falls is north of the city of Penticton on the east side of Okanagan Lake towards the town of Naramata. The falls are in Naramata Creek Park about 10 km from Penticton. From Penticton, follow Naramata road about 10 km until you see the Creek Park entrance side on the right side of the road. It’s a paved road that leads to a parking lot which is where the hike starts.
This is a beautiful trail that parallels a creek and climbs up through a gulley past the Naramata falls, and at the top of the gulley intersects the Trans Canada Trail which follows the rail bed of the Kettle Valley Railway. Be aware there is poison ivy along the path but there was none up yet (too early in the season.
An area at the base of Naramata Falls.
Naramata Falls were partially frozen from the winter but a good portion had free flowing water.
If you’re looking to travel off season, when the cost of accommodation and travel is cheaper than during the high summer season and the weather is not too bad (12-15 C) this is a nice spring getaway – hiking in the south Okanagan.
Here are some photos of the same hike later on in the spring in May:
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