Okanagan Falls and Area

Located on the southern end of Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley, and known locally as OK Falls, the little community of Okanagan Falls was originally known as Dogtown, from the Okanagan First Nations word Skaha, meaning dog, after which the nearby Skaha Lake was named.

Okanagan Falls was named after small twin waterfalls that were once part of a scenic natural landscape located at the southern end of Skaha Lake where it emptied into the Okanagan River. The falls were reduced to a series of gentle rapids in the 1950s with the construction of a flood control dam to control the level of water flowing south in the Okanagan River.

Okanagan Falls is a charming little town best visited for its tasty pleasures: It is home to the largest ice-cream cone seller in the valley, Tickleberry’s; and two prestigious wineries, Wild Goose Vineyards and Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards (formerly LeComte Estate Winery). The community of Okanagan Falls was founded on agriculture, and today provides fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious dried fruits and award winning wines.

The South Okanagan area offers a diverse variety of outdoor recreation, including miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, along with rock climbing, boating, parasailing, swimming, fishing, wildlife watching, skiing, and golfing on the several championship golf courses. Wildlife is plentiful, with frequent sightings of bighorn sheep and deer, while elk, bear, moose, cougar and a variety of other wildlife can be found in the surrounding mountains.