This colorful lake has many beaches, coves and bays; a perfect refuge from the summer’s heat.
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is 890 hectares of grassland dotted with Ponderosa pine and groves of Douglas fir.
This park is located just outside Vernon’s city limits and is popular for mountain biking, jogging or rock climbing (at the nearby Cougar Canyon).
Things to Do
Cliff jumping at Rattle Snake Point in Kal Park is a popular way to experience an adrenaline rush.
Thrill seeking locals and visitors can choose between various cliffs with heights ranging from 20ft to 60ft. One cliff is easily accessible….the others are only reached by swimming.
Jade, Juniper and Cousins Bay are located in Kalamalka Lake Park. Jade and Juniper Bays are popular, with only a 10 minute walk to the beach from the parking lot. Cousins Bay requires a 5 km hike to reach it’s pristine shores.
Though there are many beaches that surround this lake, Kal beach has been the most popular with Juniper Bay not far behind.
How does it get that colour?
Kalamalka Lake is known for it’s emerald-green colour. The colour is caused by deposits of glacial silt left by receding glaciers. Cold springs continually push the silt from the bottom of the lake upwards and sunlight passing through the water causes the effect.