Whether you are a tourist looking for an amazing view from a comfortable hike, or a Penticton-area resident looking for a pleasant stay-cation activity, be sure to check out Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park. Okay, I know what you might be thinking – “I’m not a climber! I’d never manage those cliffs!” But wait! That’s what I thought, too, until a friend, Cabrini Babakaiff, offered to take me hiking through the woods above the bluffs at the end of May. What a great time we had! As the slideshow will demonstrate, these hillsides just southeast of Penticton, overlooking Skaha Lake, provide an excellent selection of the natural flora and fauna of the beautiful South Okanagan, as well as great views of the Skaha Lake area. The trails are well-maintained, and yet create very little human impact. There are a variety of trails to choose from, from ones that meander over gently-sloping meadows, to ones like those shown in this slideshow that offer a bit more exercise, and of course, for those who like a challenge, the bluffs attract climbers from all over. In fact, as we walked through the parking lot, we noticed that at least 80% of the licence plates were from out of province, representing Washington State, Alberta and Saskatchewan on this particular afternoon.
Cabrini Babakaiff is also the author of the new memoir, Curve Balls: Rolling With the Punches, which is quickly proving to be a bestseller here; you can pick it up at Hooked on Books in downtown Penticton. It includes stories and photos of cliff climbing in various locations, including on the Skaha Bluffs (page 209). Cabrini and her husband, Frank, traveled to many world locations, but they always were happy to return home to the Penticton area, where they could enjoy all their favorite outdoor sports and activities. In his review of the book, Steve King writes, “Curve Balls is a fitting tribute to Frank and Cabrini’s union and a treasured legacy of a life well-loved and well-lived…. It speaks loudly to life’s possibilities and is a remarkably inspiring gift for us all.” I highly recommend this wonderful memoir. Whether you visit Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park and then read the book, or vice versa, your life will be enriched. Thanks, Cabrini, for a wonderful hike, and an inspiring read.
July 30, 2012
Hello again! My name is Madison, and I am nine years old. A few days ago, I told you a bit about Penticton, on my blog post, Here’s Penticton! Today I am going to tell you about Skaha Beach at Penticton, and show you some pictures of it.
Skaha Beach is a really fun beach because you can go swimming. There is a kilometer of sandy beach to sunbathe. There are docks you can swim out to and jump off. There are lots of buoys you can swim out to. You might want to be careful because there are a lot of boats, jet skis, and parasails in the summertime, past the buoys. Please keep an eye on the swimmers, because they could go missing, and that would be sad.
At Skaha Beach there is a tennis court, food vendors, and a little shop area to buy bracelets and all kinds of other things like hair feathers. There are volleyball nets and there is a water park. There is a big playground with slides, swings, spider webs, and other things to ride and play on. There is a pond with two fountains. You can fish in the pond.
At Skaha Beach there are beautiful lawns, shady trees, benches where you can relax and look at the beautiful scenery, and picnic tables where you can eat your lunch.
I love to go to Skaha Beach!
22 April 2012
It’s beginning to look a lot like spring has sprung and summer is on its way in Penticton! What a beautiful day today! The thermometer finally hit 20+ C and Penticton residents were out enjoying it.
December 9, 2011
We woke up to a beautiful early winter morning, and couldn’t resist taking a drive from Penticton, around Skaha Lake through Kaleden and Okanagan Falls. No snow, but thick frost coated shaded areas, and early morning haze created some beautiful scenes. Enjoy!
August 23, 2011
Last post we featured family fun at the north end of Penticton, by Okanagan Beach. Today we take a 10 minute drive (or a less than 1 hour stroll – or a leisurely float down the Channel) to the south end of Penticton, by Skaha Beach. No wonder Penticton was recently awarded top honors among beaches world-wide!
Skaha Beach is such a great place to spend a day – or all summer – with family and friends. Walk over from your home – for most Penticton folk, one beach or the other is within a half-hour stroll – or take the car and park in the free, shady parking lots. Then…
- Play on a wonderful adventure playground,
- sit and chat with friends on the benches,
- bike with the family on great trails,
- enjoy lunch on the picnic tables,
- relax with your dog on beautiful grassy spots in the shade while you’re out for a walk on hot days,
- perch on playground toys just the right size to accommodate big daddies and their wee ones together,
- cool off in the great variety of water park sprinklers (or with good humor splash unwary passersby),
- watch the ducks and do a bit of fishing in the natural pond,
- play a pick-up game of basketball or beach volleyball or tennis,
- make new instant friends from all over the world,
- sunbathe on beautiful, sandy, clean beaches,
- build sand castles (and sand-tipis!),
- safely swim in clear blue waters,
- hang out on the rafts, and then jump off them with great splashes,
- and take part in all manner of water sports – boating, water-skiing, sailboarding, and more.
And of course, during the heat in the middle of the day when all wise folk retreat from those high-UV summer rays, spread out your picnic lunch or set up your barbeque, or go to one of the concession stands to get some snacks. Then sit back in the deep shade on the grass under great spreading trees and enjoy a leisurely lunch and mid-day siesta. Or alternatively head home for a break, have lunch, and get some lively exercise with the cousins in front of the Wii, while the elder folks nap, before heading back to the beach.
Enjoy today’s slide show. Stroll with our photographer through Skaha Beach and imagine yourself there. See if you can spot anyone you know! And then be sure to come soon and check out the real thing yourself.
March 31, 2011
These snapshots were taken from highway #97 just south of Penticton at about 6 in the afternoon on March 31. Skaha Lake is in the foreground, the city of Penticton, and Okanagan Lake on the far side of the city. Truly a beautiful city and “a place to live forever.”
(Be sure to click on the individual pictures to see them nearly full-screen size).