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Park Contact

Quality Recreation Ltd.
Email address: quality-recreation@shaw.ca
Phone: 1-250-545-9943 (Apr - Oct)

Ellison Provincial Park

About This Park

Ellison Provincial Park Nestled on the northeastern shore of Okanagan Lake, Ellison Provincial Park includes 200 hectares of forested benchlands above a rocky shoreline of scenic headlands and sheltered coves.

The park’s natural attractions, combined with the dry, sunny Okanagan climate provide many recreational opportunities from spring through fall. Hiking trails along the scenic headlands are steep and require care and attention.

Park Size: 200 hectares

Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates: (campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.) April 1 – October 31
(gate is closed during off-season)
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: April 1 - October 31
Campground Reservable Dates - Campsites and Yurts: May 14 - August 31
Total Number of Vehicle Accessible Campsites: 71
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable: (all remaining sites are first-come, first-served) 51
Note: The above information is for the campground only. Park users can still walk into the park if conditions such as weather permit. Check the "Attention Visitor Notice" above for park alerts.

Reservations

All campsites reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

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Campsite Reservations:
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Yurt Reservations:
Yurt reservations are accepted at this park. The yurts may be reserved anytime between April 1st and May 13th and again from September 1st until October 31st by contacting the park directly at 250-545-9943. To reserve between May 14th and August 31st, please contact Discover Camping.
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Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation. If north bound traveling on Highway 97, turn Left on 25th Avenue (main intersection downtown Vernon), park is 16 km or approximately 20 minutes from that junction, follow blue and white VIP signs saying Ellison Park. If south bound traveling on Highway 97, turn right on 25th Avenue.

Maps and Brochures

Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
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Nature and Culture

  • Cultural Heritage: A rich cultural history is illustrated by signs of native habitation in four archaeological sites and by old European homesteads.
  • Conservation: Most of the park is dominated by stands of ponderosa pine and Douglas-fir with grassy open areas typical of the Okanagan Basin landscape. A blue-listed plant species, Engelmann's knotweed, is also found in the park.
  • Wildlife: Porcupines, deer and columbian ground squirrels are common along the trail above Okanagan Lake.
  • General Wildlife, Marine & Outdoor Ethics Information
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Management Planning

Management Planning Information
  • The approved master plan for Ellison Provincial Park [PDF 543.58KB] is available in PDF format.
    DISCLAIMER:
    This is NOT the original management planning product. This document has been scanned from the original format of the plan. It may contain some formatting changes, however the content is consistent with the original.
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Activities Available at this Park

Canoeing

Canoeing

Canoes and kayaks are welcome. No rentals at the park.

This park does not have a boat launch. There are several nearby, approximately 10 minutes away. Houseboats can pull ashore at Sandy Beach, the standard park camping fee is charged for overnight use. Mooring buoys offshore in South Bay and Otter Bay are part of a marine park system sponsored by the Okanagan’s yacht clubs. Water-skiing and cruising are also popular.
Climbing / Rapelling

Climbing

The small granite cliffs by South Bay are used for climbing, mainly by locals and beginners due to their small size and moderate degree of difficulty. There is scrambling, bouldering and top-rope climbing in short pitches. Local recreation groups offer guided rock climbing and outdoor recreation day camps in the park.
Cycling

Cycling

Bicycles must keep to roadways and designated trails. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia. The Vernon Bike club along with BC Parks has added a network of scenic mountain biking trails. Ellison Park offers fantastic biking opportunities for a wide range of skill levels.
Fishing

Fishing

Various freshwater fish available in Okanagan Lake. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.
Hiking

Hiking

Over 6 km of easy walking trails, with some steep sections, access many of the park’s natural features and viewpoints. For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure. Trails along the tops of the rocky headlands offer panoramic vistas of Okanagan Lake north to Spallumcheen and south to Fintry as well as Terrace Mountain and the communities of Westside road; however, please use caution while hiking as these trails are difficult.
Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash at all times and are not allowed in beach areas (except Sandy Beach) or park buildings. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.
Sandy Beach, a pet beach is accessed from the trail leading out of the campground between sites 11 and 12. Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.
Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

There are SCUBA diving/snorkelling opportunities at the underwater dive park located at Otter Bay.
Swimming

Swimming

There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks. Warm waters and a gradually sloping bottom provide excellent swimming at three main beaches. The swimming areas are designated with buoys to keep boats out. The park also features western Canada’s only freshwater dive park, where sunken artifacts add to the fascinating plant and animal life. Swimmers itch may be present at times during the year.
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Facilities Available at this Park

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

Cabins / Huts / Yurts

There are two yurts located near the playground (sites 51/53) available. The total cost is $65/night/site and each yurt allows up to 4 people with one vehicle and includes a top single/bottom double bunk bed, picnic table and fire pit. The yurts may be reserved anytime between April 1st and May 13th and again from September 1st until October 31st by contacting the park directly at 250-545-9943.
To reserve between May 14th and August 31st, please contact Discover Camping:
www.discovercamping.ca
Please note:
you must bring your own sheets/pillows/blankets, no pets or cooking allowed in the yurt and an additional $20 key deposit will be required on arrival; the key deposit will be refunded upon return of keys.
Campfires

Campfires

While campfires are allowed and campfire rings are provided at each campsite, we encourage visitors to conserve wood and protect the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using campstoves instead. Firewood can be purchased in the park or you may bring your own wood. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary from park to park. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil.
Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Cold spring water is available for cooking and drinking; 6 taps are located throughout the campground.
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

Two beautiful bays with over 50 picnic tables and a group picnic area are reached by trail from the day-use parking lot.

There are two parking lots for the day-use area beaches. The two main beaches are accessed by a steep, coarsely paved trail with benches conveniently located at the switchbacks.

Otter Bay has a pit toilet, fountain tap and volleyball net. Picnic tables with views of the lake line the crescent-shaped beach of coarse pink sand. The area is shaded by well-spaced Douglas fir trees with an open understory. The tables are on cement pads and the ground is pebbly gravel. There are no fire pits or BBQ attachments for the tables. The swimming area is marked with swim buoys. The bay is sheltered by rocky headlands making it a great spot for swimming.

South Bay has a fountain tap. The picnic tables sit slightly above the large sandy beach and are separated from it by a low rock wall. Ponderosa pines are interspersed amongst the tables allowing for some shade. The area offers a great view of the Fintry delta to the south and the other side of the lake. The swimming area is marked with buoys and mooring buoys stretch to the south towards a third beach.

The third beach, Sandy Beach, is a pet beach accessed by a trail of hard-packed dirt from between sites 11 and 12. A pit toilet is found roughly 50m up from the beach. The beach has coarse pink sand and is the smallest of the three beaches. Pets are allowed in this area.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

There is one pit and eight flush toilets, as well as a shower building in the campground. There are no electrical outlets or hot water in the washrooms.
Playground

Playground

A children’s adventure playground is found in a corner of the irrigated lawn flanked by sites 51-59 and 62-71. The lawn can be seen opposite the service yard and forms an open area with potential for a variety of games.
Showers

Showers

There is a shower building in the campground; the shower building has electrical outlets and hot water. There is also an outside cold water shower at the beach area to aid in prevention of swimmer’s itch.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

This park offers 71 vehicle accessible campsites, 8 of which are double sites. There are no pull through sites at this park. Campsite reservations are accepted (51 of these sites are reservable) and first-come, first-served sites are also available. While there is no gatehouse, an information shelter and telephone are located where the access road enters the campground.

The park is open from April 1 to October 31. In the off-season (November 1st to March 31st) a locked gate blocks the access road at Okanagan Landing road. It is roughly 300 m down a steep grade to the campsites, making walk-in camping difficult in the off-season. Through the summer, the gate is closed between 11:00pm and 7:00 am.

Most sites are large and well-shaded by a canopy of mature Douglas fir and Ponderosa pine. The sites are well-spaced and the abundance of low shrubs affords privacy. The campsite pads are gravel and have fire rings and picnic tables. For very large RVs (over 50 feet) the entrances to the pads may be narrow and there are a few low-hanging branches to watch out for.
Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $30.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $15.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
The closest store is a general store roughly ten kilometres away in Okanagan Landing or in Vernon for more services.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Some facilities in the park are wheelchair accessible. The trails down to the lake are paved; however, they are steep and require caution. There is a drop off area at the beach but vehicles must return to the parking lot. There are three wheelchair accessible toilets and a wheelchair accessible shower in the park.