One of the most iconic activities in Penticton is floating down the 7km long channel. A great way to spend the afternoon with friends and family! The channel is a waterway that connects Okanagan Lake to Skaha Lake. I’ve been floating down the channel since I was 6 years old and it never gets old.
To get to the channel, while on Hwy 97 (near the North end of town – closest to Summerland) turn on “Riverside Dr.” – the road is beside the Starbucks. There is a parking lot right BC ADoff the waterway. In peak summer times the parking is scarce, so try and carpool whenever possible. You will see a small building right on the waterway; behind the building there are concrete stairs that lead into the water. This building also houses a company called “Coyote Cruises” — they can provide you with black rubber tubes (rental fee, and they only let you float half way down the channel), flotation device inflation ($2 charge – definitely recommend this), and a bus ride back to the parking lot (small fee).
Don’t worry though, there is no fee to just float down the channel if you have your own equipment, or you are not in need of a ride back.
When you are ready to go, descend the stairs and enter the water. The current can be quick so make sure you are ready with all your group.