Mediterranean Climate Canada
Mediterranean Climate Canada: The Okanagan Valley
Welcome in statistically proven (2016) Best Mediterrean Climate in Canada: The Okanagan Valley.
Tripadvisor asks every year his customers: “Which is the best…….?”
In 2011 their customers voted Skaha and Okanagan Lake beaches as the SECOND Best Canadian Beach. Two warm-water lakes lined with soft sand beaches.
Penticton has seven public beaches:
1. Okanagan Lake Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Lakeshore Drive. Featuring nearly a kilometer of premium, sandy beach this is one of our most popular and most beautiful beach areas. Okanagan Beach features a swimming area, rest rafts, kiddie slides, shade trees, washrooms nearby, fire pits and free parking.
2. Skaha Lake Beach is located on Skaha Lake at Skaha Lake Road. This beach features over 20 acres of park and beach, and is included in Skaha Lake Park.
3. Airport Beach is located on Skaha Lake at Hwy 97 (west of River Channel). A huge beach area, day moorage for pleasure boats and limited parking across the street.
4. Marina Way Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Marina Way, near Okanagan Marina. A small sandy beach, swimming area, limited parking, seasonal toilets, shallow entry into water and is located adjacent to Marina Way Park.
5. Okanagan Lake Park Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Lakeshore Drive, just east of the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Featuring a small beach, washrooms, fenced off-leash area for dogs and day moorage for pleasure boats. This beach is next to Okanagan Lake Park.
6. Sudbury Beach is located on Skaha Lake at Skaha Lake Road, just west of Skaha Beach. This beach features a huge beach area, swimming area, rest rafts and slides, washrooms, concession, limited parking and a fire pit.
7. Three Mile Beach is located on Okanagan Lake at Three Mile Road, just off Naramata Road. This area features two beaches – one for swimming and one for day-moorage boating. Note that dogs are permitted and there is limited parking available.
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When you look below at the 13 Best Beaches in West Canada Penticton is only at the 12th place. Although Penticton has the most attractive climate of all cities in Canada, according to Environment Canada Statistics. With over 2,100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually, Penticton has the most comfortable climate year-round in Canada. With no mosquito’s around!
The Best Beaches of the Canadian West (26 July 2012 by Shannon Kelly):
Number 1. North Beach , HAIDA GWAII ISLANDS, BRITISH COLUMBIA
In northern BC, this beach in the Haida Gwaii Islands (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) is part of Naikoon Provincial Park. A hardy few travelers make their way to this northern park, so you’ll likely have more than 50 km of hard-packed sand and ocean views to yourself. The islands have several beaches, but North Beach is the largest. Photo: Logantech
Number 2. Bennett Beach, CARCROSS, YUKON
A sandy beach in the Yukon? You betcha. This gorgeous 2-km-long beach backed by sand dunes is fringed by snowcapped mountains and evergreens, on brilliant-blue Carcross Lake. The water is even surprisingly warm—great for a swim in summer. Photo: Murray Lundberg, ExploreNorth.com
Number 3. MacKenzie Beach, TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA
On Vancouver Island, this beach is a popular spot since it’s within walking distance from the town of Tofino. The sheltered beach is enclosed at each end by rock outcroppings and backed by trees. You’ll spot surfers here for sure. Photo: Carmel O’Sullivan
Number 4. Chesterman Beach, TOFINO, BRITISH COLUMBIA
On Vancouver Island south of MacKenzie Beach, Chesterman is a quiet stretch of oceanfront sand with tidepools and sandbars at low tide that attracts surfers and beachcombers. Photo: Tourism BC/Adrian Dorst
Number 5. Long Beach, WICKANINNISH BAY, BRITISH COLUMBIA
True to its name, this 20 km-long beach is the longest on Vancouver Island. Part of the Pacific Rim National Park Reserve, the beach is perfect for long walks, picnicking and taking in the vast oceans cape. It may be the most popular surfing spot on the island. Photo: Tourism British Columbia
Number 6. Rathtrevor Beach, PARKSVILLE, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Rathtrevor is a great family beach getaway, in the town of Parksville, which has lots of kid-friendly activities and a number of beachside resorts and campgrounds. The 5 km-long beach has oceanfront trails and is part of Rathtrevor Beach Provincial Park. The Canadian Open Sand Sculpting Competition and Exhibition takes place at Parksville beaches each summer. Photo: Mary Lee Plunkett
Number 7. Tribune Bay Beach, HORNBY ISLAND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
This protected, 1 km-long white sandy beach on a slice of turquoise ocean looks like it could be in Hawaii rather than in the Gulf Islands on BC’s Strait of Georgia. Within Tribune Bay Provincial Park, Tribune Bay has some of the warmest waters of any BC beach, and is a popular swim spot. Photo: Tourism British Columbia
Number 8. Spanish Banks Beach, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
This pretty sandy stretch on Vancouver’s west side has a view of the city skyline and the mountains is designated a “quiet beach”, where amplified music is prohibited. Volleyball, kitesurfing, walking and swimming and lounging are the main attractions. It may be the city’s most attractive beach, especially when the flats are revealed at low tide. Photo: Guilhem Vellut
Number 9. Kitsilano Beach, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Easily accessible from downtown, “Kits” is Vancouver’s party beach: the beach where everyone comes to see and be seen and stake out their plot of sand. It’s also popular for the giant, heated seaside saltwater pool. Photo: Tourism BC/Dannielle Hayes
Number 10. Davis Bay Beach, SECHELT, BRITISH COLUMBIA
On the Sunshine Coast north of Vancouver, Davis Bay has a long pebbly beach. Low tide produces pebble-free sandbars and tide pools. The unimpeded views across the Strait of Georgia to Vancouver Island are phenomenal. Photo: Tourism BC/Dannielle
Number 11. Harrison Beach, HARRISON HOT SPRINGS, BRITISH COLUMBIA
A popular weekend getaway spot for Vancouverites, the town of Harrison Hot Springs has a long sandy lakeside beach with a promenade. And, true to the town’s name, it has public hot springs, too. Photo: Chris Clarke
Number 12. Okanagan Lake Beach, PENTICTON, BRITISH COLUMBIA
The city of Penticton in BC’s semi-arid Okanagan Valley is sandwiched between two lakes and has seven public beaches to choose from. We like Okanagan Lake Beach especially for its gorgeous views of the surrounding hills. But be sure to check out the Skaha Lake beaches at the south end of town, too. Bonus: you can swim and sunbathe in the morning, tour wineries in the afternoon! Photo: Tourism BC/Don Weixl
Number 13. Devonshire Beach, SLAVE LAKE, ALBERTA
Sandy beaches in Alberta can be hard to find, but the 7 km-long Devonshire Beach on Slave Lake is a rare find. In Lesser Slave Lake Provincial Park, it has a paved 23-km recreational trail and a foot path to a sand dunes area. The beach hosts an annual sand sculpture competition in July. Note that the town of Slave Lake suffered a devastating fire in May 2011 and is in the process of rebuilding. Photo: Government of Alberta