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 wordSkaha, 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 with a population of roughly 4,800 & offers many pleasures: It is home to the largest ice-cream cone seller in the valley, http://www.tickleberrys.com ; and two prestigious wineries, http://wildgoosewinery.comand http://www.sylranch.com/ . The community of Okanagan Falls was founded on agriculture, and today provides fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious dried fruits and award winning wines.
The Ok falls area offers a diverse variety of outdoor recreation, including miles of hiking, mountain biking and horseback riding trails, along with boating, swimming, fishing, wildlife watching, Wildlife is plentiful, with frequent sightings of bighorn sheep and deer, while elk, bear, moose, and a variety of other wildlife can be found in the surrounding mountains.
Okanagan Falls is located on Highway 97 at the southern end of Skaha Lake in the South Okanagan, 13 miles (21 km) north of Oliver and 12 miles (19 km) south of Penticton.
Okanagan Falls residents enjoy one of the mildest climates in Canada, with lots of warm dry weather and very high annual hours of sunshine.