Lazy River Channel Tube

Photo Credit: Joel Cosman

Photo Credit: Joel Cosman

This is one of our favourite things to do on a sunny summer’s day. Load up the floatation island and vagabond down to Penticton for a lazy channel float. We launch on Riverside Road and plan for an afternoon on the water, which flows between Okanagan and Skaha Lakes. We usually take two vehicles and leave one at Skaha and one at the Okanagan end, but if you don’t have two vehicles, Coyote Cruises, a local shuttle service, will transport you back to your vehicle for a modest fee of $6. They also rent life jackets, floatation devices and will inflate your tube, but know that this service is not free or available after Labour Day Weekend.

The river itself is a 7 km long float, with a rest stop at the halfway point, which is Green Mountain Road. We’ve not landed here, though, preferring to power through, which always takes us at least 3.5 hours in the island which is stocked with cold beverages, snacks, sunscreen, safety items and – of course – water guns! The channel’s a busy place so be patient and courteous; there’s plenty of opportunity to get a little crazier in the open waters of Skaha Lake.

Valley Vagabonds Inside Tip

There is now an environmental fee of a toonie per floater so make sure you have coin in hand when you arrive.
PentictonKylie Woods