Jade Bay Beach & Juniper Bay Beach
When you want to get away from the crowded beaches, but still enjoy the beautiful green waters of Kalamalka Lake, then head straight to Kal Park (link to Kal Park) with a picnic basket in hand. Stunning lake and valley views, secluded beaches and hiking trails that wind through the hillside, Kal Park is the jewel of the North Okanagan.
Jade and Juniper Bay beaches, side-by-side within the park, are often the inspiration for photographers who can’t resist the quiet beauty and picturesque views. Both beaches have plenty of shade to get you out of the sun, and are a short walk from the main parking lot. Be prepared with your own food and water and always pack out what you pack in. Pooches aren’t welcome but hike a little further and you’ll find a dedicated-dog beach, in between Cosens Bay Beach (provide link to Cosens Bay Beach) and Juniper Bay Beach.
If you’re not up for lazing on a beach, then bring your hiking shoes and hit the 14 km’s of trails. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely hike or a more challenging one, you won’t be disappointed.
Valley Vagabonds Inside TipFollow the signs from any trailhead in the park to Turtle Head (known to the locals as Rattlesnake Point) and watch divers temp fate as they jump off cliffs up to 40 feet into the green waters below. Rattlesnake Point gets its nickname from its native residents but snake sightings are rare, especially if you stick to the trails.
More info at vernon.ca/parks-recreation/parks-fields-beaches