Kekuli Bay Provincial Park
About This Park
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park is located off Highway 97, 11 km. south of Vernon. The park is situated on a beautiful bay on the west side of Kalamalka Lake, a destination for waterskiing and boating.
A newly developed campground has been added to the area which formerly consisted only of a boat launch. Many young shade trees were planted and the grassy areas between the sites are beautifully landscaped. The young trees planted 10 years ago have begun to mature and provide shade and privacy around the sites, especially on the upper loops.
There are irrigated grassy areas between the sites full of beautiful trees and shrubs including rose bushes that are in full bloom during the spring. All campsites offer great views of Kalamalka Lake and offer the warmth of the sun in the spring and fall.
- The Okanagan Rail Trail bisects the park near the water, providing easy walking or cycling opportunities north and south along Kalamalka Lake. Please note that parking is limited during the summer months and those accessing the trail are asked to consider using the Regional District parking lot above the Park, off highway 97.
- There is still limited shade in the campground, although lake breezes cool the campground in the evening. As a result of this Kekuli Bay is becoming on of the most sought after parks in the region as many visitors are discovering the picturesque, tranquil spring and fall months where they can enjoy the manicured grounds and view while soaking in the warm Okanagan sun.
The park is located 11 km south of Vernon, off Highway #97, and on the west side of Kalamalka Lake. The park boundary is 2 km from the Hwy 97 turn-off and the campground is 1 km beyond that. The highway turn-off is well signed.
Maps and Brochures
- Park Map [PDF] (Updated May 2013)
Nature and Culture
- History: Established as a park on March 8, 1990.
- Cultural Heritage: The park name “kekuli” was chosen from submissions by local school students who participated in a name-the-park contest. Kekuli refers to semi-subterranean homes built by Interior Salish natives. There is evidence of kekuli pits, and other First Nations use in the park.
- Conservation: The grasslands surrounding the campground provide habitat for field mice and other food sources for raptors like the red listed Prairie falcon. There is a nest platform north of the playground visible on the drive into the park. Also found in the park is the blue listed Western rattlesnake and two red listed plants, Bluebunch wheatgrass and Black cottonwood.
Activities Available at this Park
Pets on Leash
Facilities Available at this Park
Kekuli Bay Provincial Park offers 4 vehicle accessible campsites (#70-73) with electrical hook-ups. These small, paved sites are located in the overflow area and offer both 15 amp and 30 amp service with a standard RV receptacle (NEMA TT-30). Each site has its own picnic table, but the sites share a common fire pit. These sites are reservable.
There is an additional electrical service charge of $8/night for these sites (whether the power is in use or not).