Ellison Provincial Park

 

Ellison Provincial Park is found on the northeastern shore of the immense Okanagan Lake, 16 km south of Vernon. This lovely park, with 71 well-shaded campsites situated in a lightly forested area of firs and Ponderosa pines, is a favourite with many families. The campground sits on a high rocky bluff overlooking the Okanagan Lake, amidst benchlands covered with dry sagebrush and Ponderosa pines. Visitors here can enjoy spending sun-soaked days on one of the park’s three sandy beaches, and swimming in the warm waters of the Okanagan Lake. Other recreational opportunities include hiking over 6 km of benchland trails with panoramic views of the lake, freshwater fishing, and diving at the Western Canada’s only freshwater dive park, where sunken artefacts and fascinating plant and animal life can be observed.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping - - - Cabins Picnic Areas Campfires Flush Toilets Pit Toilets Showers Drinking Water - - Playground - Wheel Chair Accessibility Beach Managed Site / Facility Operator

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming Scuba Diving - Canoeing / Kayaking - - Bicycling - - Climbing - - - - - - - -

Rating

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Fun for kids
Lots of shade
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Activities

Number of campsites: 71, reservable: 49, nearest town: Vernon (16 km)

Additional Information

Location

Turn south at the intersection of Highway 97 and 25th Avenue in downtown Vernon and follow Okanagan Landing Road 16 m to the park.

Contact Information

Quality Recreation Ltd.
Email address: quality-recreation@shaw.ca Phone: 1-250-545-9943 (Apr - Oct).
Please go to www.discovercamping.ca to reserve a campsite.

Camping Information

Fees

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night.

BC Senior Rate (Labour Day to June 14 only): $12.00 per senior couple/night.

Operation Dates

Campground opening and closing dates: April 1 - October 31. Campground dates with full fees and services: April 1 - October 31.

Campground reservable dates: May 16 - September 6. Park gate is closed in the off-season.

Facilities

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 71 vehicle accessible campsites, 8 of which are double sites. Most sites are large and well-shaded by a canopy of mature Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine. The sites are well-spaced and the abundance of low shrubs affords privacy. Through the summer, the campground gate is closed between 11:00pm and 7:00 am.

Cabins

Cabins

There are two yurts located near the playground (sites 51/53) available. The total cost is $65/night/site and each yurt allows up to 4 people with one vehicle and includes a top single/bottom double bunk bed, picnic table and fire pit. The yurts may be reserved anytime between April 1st and May 15th and again from September 5th until October 30th by contacting the park directly at 250-545-9943. Please note: you must bring your own sheets/pillows/blankets, no pets or cooking allowed in the yurt and an additional $20 key deposit will be required on arrival; the key deposit will be refunded upon return of keys.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Two beautiful bays with over 50 picnic tables and a group picnic area are reached by trail from the day-use parking lot. The two main beaches are accessed by a steep, coarsely paved trail with benches conveniently located at the switchbacks. ***** Otter Bay has a pit toilet, fountain tap and volleyball net. Picnic tables with views of the lake line the crescent-shaped beach of coarse pink sand. The area is shaded by well-spaced Douglas fir trees with an open understory. The bay is sheltered by rocky headlands making it a great spot for swimming. ***** South Bay has a fountain tap and picnic tables. Ponderosa pines are interspersed amongst the tables allowing for some shade. The area offers a great view of the Fintry delta to the south and the other side of the lake. ***** The third beach, Sandy Beach, is a pet beach accessed by a trail of hard-packed dirt from between sites 11 and 12. The beach has coarse pink sand and is the smallest of the three beaches. Pets are allowed in this area.

Showers

Showers

There is a shower building in the campground; the shower building has electrical outlets and hot water. There is also an outside cold water shower at the beach area to aid in prevention of swimmer's itch.

Playground

Playground

A children's adventure playground is found in a corner of the irrigated lawn flanked by sites 51-59 and 62-71.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible. The trails down to the lake are paved; however, they are steep and require caution. There is a drop off area at the beach but vehicles must return to the parking lot. There are three wheelchair accessible toilets and a wheelchair accessible shower in the park.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Various freshwater fish are available in Okanagan Lake.

Hiking

Hiking

Over 6 km of easy walking trails, with some steep sections, access many of the park's natural features and viewpoints. Trails along the tops of the rocky headlands offer panoramic vistas of Okanagan Lake north to Spallumcheen and south to Fintry.

Swimming

Swimming

Warm waters and a gradually sloping bottom provide excellent swimming at three main beaches. The swimming areas are marked with buoys.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are SCUBA diving/snorkelling opportunities at the underwater dive park located at Otter Bay. This is western Canada's only freshwater dive park, where sunken artefacts add to the fascinating plant and animal life.

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing / Kayaking

Canoeing and kayaking can be enjoyed on the Okanagan Lake. This park does not have a boat launch. There are several nearby, approximately 10 minutes away. Houseboats can pull ashore at Sandy Beach, the standard park camping fee is charged for overnight use. Mooring buoys offshore in South Bay and Otter Bay are part of a marine park system sponsored by the Okanagan's yacht clubs.

Bicycling

Bicycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways. No mountain biking trails are available.

Climbing

Climbing

The small granite cliffs by South Bay are used for climbing, mainly by locals and beginners due to their small size and moderate degree of difficulty. There is scrambling, bouldering and top-rope climbing in short pitches. Local recreation groups offer guided rock climbing and outdoor recreation day camps in the park.

User Reviews

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

Terrible Park

Submitted by Guest on September 9, 2012

I recently stayed at Ellison for 9 days. When we got there we realized the pictures were a little misleading. The beaches are NOT sandy, they are rock beaches, to get to the beaches you have to hike down a very steap hill..the dog beach is a cliff. We went once to each and that was it, we have three kids ...that was not fun to carry all our stuff down and then up again..especially up..Dog owners did not clean up after their dogs at the dog beach...on the way down the smell was horrible!

Every site has NO privacy as their are no leaves on the trees, our site was infested with wasps. We spent very little time here. We travelled around the Okanagan instead.

The only good thing was the shower house and the dish washing station. The flush toilets were very clean as well. The kids did enjoy the park very much.

I will not stay here next summer, we will try our luck elsewhere.

 

Campsite privacy
Fun for kids
Lots of shade
Peacefulness/Quietness
Activities

I would say this is my favorite park in Okanagan

Submitted by voyager on June 27, 2009

If you are planning to go there in July or Augusts make sure that you make reservations a month or even two months in advance. This park is very popular and for a good reason - it is located in a beautiful area next to Okanagan lake and has a gorgeous red-sandy beach. Swimming in warm waters of the lagoon is very enjoyable. There are a number of rocks for jumping, or for relaxing and warming up in the sun. This park has three beaches: at the first one the water is shallower, at the middle one it is a little deeper, and the third beach is for dogs. This park could become a little noisy when local teenagers come there for a picnic, but it is still a nice place to spend a few days at.

 

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Jun 27, 2009

Amphitheater

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Jun 14, 2009

Playground for children and large grassy area for other games and activities.

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Jun 14, 2009

Washrooms and showers

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Jun 14, 2009

A typical campsite

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Jun 14, 2009

A campsite

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Jun 14, 2009

A campsite

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Jun 14, 2009

Jumping from a rock

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Jun 7, 2009

The beach in the evening

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Jun 7, 2009

The beach in the evening

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Jun 7, 2009

The beach in the evening

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Jun 7, 2009

A view of the Okanagan Lake

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Jun 7, 2009

Local vegetation

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Jun 7, 2009

Overlooking the beach at the park

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Jun 7, 2009

A short hike away from the beach there are spectacular views of the Okanagan Lake

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Jun 6, 2009

A short hike away from the beach there are spectacular views of the Okanagan Lake

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Jun 6, 2009

Beach at Ellison park

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Jun 6, 2009

Beach at Ellison park

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Jun 6, 2009

 

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