Fintry Provincial Park

 

Fintry Provincial Park is found off Westside Road on the northwestern shore of the huge Okanagan Lake, 34 km north of Kelowna and 49 km south of Vernon. In addition to 523 hectares of wetland delta and upland forest, this park also protects the former Fintry Estate, a heritage farm with a rich history. Recreation opportunities are abound at this park. The 2-km long sandy beach, fringed with mature cottonwood trees, is an inviting place for sunbathing and swimming in the warm Okanagan Lake. Scenic hiking trails lead visitors along Shorts Creek to a deep canyon, offering an opportunity to see a spectacular multi-tiered waterfall and fantastic views of the lake. Those interested in historic sights can take a walking tour of the beautifully restored Fintry Estate and learn about its colourful past. The campground offers 100 vehicle accessible campsites, with some sites located in a lightly forested area of pines and fir trees, and others in an open field of tall grasses, surrounded by aspens, cottonwoods, and shrubs.

Facilities

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

Activities

Fishing Hiking Swimming Scuba Diving - Canoeing / Kayaking Waterskiing Wind Surfing Bicycling - - - - - Wildlife Watching Hunting - - - -

Rating

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

Number of campsites: 100, reservable: 70, nearest town: Kelowna (34 km), Vernon (49 km)

Additional Information

Location

The park is located on Fintry Delta Road, off Westside Road, approximately 34 km north of Kelowna or 49 km south of Vernon. The park is on the northwest side of Okanagan Lake. Watch for marker signs located on Hwy 97.

Contact Information

Quality Recreation Ltd.
Email address: quality-recreation@shaw.ca Phone: 1-250-260-3590 (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 12. Campground dates with full fees and services: April 1 – October 12.

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 100 vehicle accessible campsites. The campsites are arranged in two areas that differ dramatically in landscape. Campsites #1 %u2013 50 are located amidst an old growth forest. Sites 51-100 were built in 1999, most are located in an open, grassy area rimmed by aspen, cottonwood and other shrubs. They are arranged in two loops and include seven double sites. Shade is limited on some of the sites, but the well-spaced sites separated by tall grass are somewhat private. The sites are fairly large gravel pads with a picnic table and a fire ring.

Group Camping

Group Camping

The group camping area consists of a wide paved loop around a central grassy area. Around the outside of the pavement there are 3 pods located on open lawn. There is plenty of room for large RVs. Pod 1 is the smallest of the three and consists of a fire ring and several tables, whereas pods 2 and 3 also have cooking shelters. Group campsites may be reserved by calling 250-545-1560 or by e-mail to quality-recreation@shaw.ca. Group Camping Fee: $24.00 per party / night. Youth Group Camping Fee: $50.00 per group / night.

Cabins

Cabins

There is one yurt available, located near the water (site 13A ). The total cost is $65/night/site. The yurt may be reserved anytime between April 1st and May 15th and again from September 5th until October 30th by contacting the park directly at 250-260-3590. The yurt accommodates up to 4 people with one vehicle, includes a top single/bottom double bunk bed, small table and chairs, picnic table and fire pit. Please note: you must bring your own sheets/pillows/blankets, no pets or cooking allowed in the yurt and an additional refundable $20 key deposit will be required on arrival.

Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

The day-use beach area is accessed from the new campground. There is a paved parking lot a short distance along a wide gravel trail from the coarse sand beach beside the Packing House. There are tables and a pit toilet near the beach and the swimming area is marked with buoys.

Showers

Showers

There are two hot water shower buildings for registered guests only. The back walls of the shower buildings have sinks for washing dishes.

Wheel Chair Accessibility

Wheel Chair Accessibility

The shower building in 1-50 section has a separate wheelchair accessible show stall complete with a seat and a showerhead/hose that detaches from the wall for easier use. The lockable room also has a toilet. The shower building in 51-100 section has handicapped showers and washroom facilities.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing

Various freshwater fish available in Okanagan Lake. No fishing for kokanee, a rainbow trout daily quota of two (only one over 50cm) and single barbless hook are restrictions in place for Okanagan Lake.

Hiking

Hiking

Shorts Creek trail has narrow, steep cliffs and leads to a series of viewing platforms with spectacular sights of the canyon, the cascading waterfalls, and the Okanagan Lake.

Swimming

Swimming

A natural sand beach and warm water makes this park ideal for swimming.

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There is a sunken barge reportedly offshore of the park. An existing diving site is located across the lake from Fintry, at Ellison Provincial Park.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife Watching

There are viewing platforms situated in key locations on the Shorts Creek Canyon Trail that offer spectacular views of the waterfalls and of remnants of the irrigation and power generation system built in the early 1900's. Blue listed California bighorn sheep and Townsend%u2019s Big-eared bats are present in the park along with the red listed Western Grebe.

Hunting

Hunting

Fintry Provincial Park on the delta is closed to hunting. The Protected Area, located above Westside Road and encompassing Shorts Creek Canyon above the road is open to hunting. Please check the BC Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more details.

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Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Playground for kids

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

The sites are nice, but some have few trees

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Toilets and showers

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Park beach

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Some campsites are very nice

Guest
Jun 27, 2009

Some campsites don't offer much privacy

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Jun 27, 2009

 

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