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Float the Penticton River Channel

Penticton, British Columbia


Added by Ariane Lessard

Amazing time floating down the channel with some friends or family. 

If you're planning on going to Penticton, you have no other choice than to float the river channel between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. It's an amazing activity that you can enjoy with a bunch of friends or with your family. There is certainly no ages to appreciate this activity.

The channel is 7km long and will take about 3 hours to float all the way down. There is no fee to float down the channel, but since you'll end up a the other end of the river channel you might want to buy the 6$ ticket bus to come back to your car (ticket cost 5$ for groups of 10 people). There is also some taxis waiting at the other side to bring you back to the parking lot. 

The float starts near Okanagan Lake at the launch site on Riverside Drive and there is a parking lot right next to the starting point. At the location, you have the possibility to rent a floating boat if you don't have one and you can also use an air pump on place if needed (2$). 

Regarding the channel, be ready, the water is quite cold even when the sun is out so you might don't want to fall from your float. The speed of the water through the channel is controlled by the dam at Okanagan Lake, so it might vary but normally the first half usually runs a bit faster. Its about a 3 hours ride, but there is a reststop half way, at Green Mountain Road. 

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