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Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: British Columbia, Canada, North America

Lat/Lon: 50.18393°N / 119.32938°W

Object Title: Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park

Activities: Hiking, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing, Toprope, Scrambling, Canyoneering

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 1286 ft / 392 m


Page By: James_W

Created/Edited: May 14, 2011 / May 15, 2011

Object ID: 715860

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Kalamaka Lake

Rated one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic and often referred to as The Lake of a Thousand Colours. 
Kalamaka Lake

Kalamalka Lake or "Kal Lake" is a large glacial lake in the Interior Plateau of southern central British Columbia. The lake is named for the Okanagan Indian chief who occupied its northern shores.

The area receives less than 300mm a year of rain which makes for ideal outdoor recreation weather in any season.

The Vernon area is the best staging point for any hike or climb in the Monashee mountains and visiting Kalamaka Lake is a must see. Kalamaka Lake is only 110km away from remote, rugged 10,000ft glaciated peaks.


Located on the East side of Kalamalka Lake the canyon lies in a protected area. The rock in Cougar Canyon is Gneiss.

There are almost 200 climbs here from 2 pitch 5.7 trad to overhanging 5.12 sport. Cougar Canyon is one of the popular climbing areas of the Okanagan.

**Cougar Canyon climbing info to be added soon**

Cougar Canyon

Getting There

Kalamaka Lake is situated in Vernon, BC. Vernon is 440km east of Vancouver in the BC interior. Kelowna, BC is the closest major city (50km) and is the largest city in the BC interior.

Vernon, BC
Vernon, BC

Vernon, BC
Vernon, BC

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Kekuli Bay Provincial Park on the west side of Kalamaka lake offers 70 campsites, 49 can be reserved.


Vernon offers many campsites near Silver Star resort and Okanagan Lake.

Red Tape

Grizzlies, Black Bears, Cougars, Hobo Spiders and Rattlesnakes inhabit the Vernon area including Kalamaka Lake, proper precautions should be taken.


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