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Ellison Provincial Park
About This ParkNestled 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,
|March 29 - October 31
(gate is closed during off-season)
|Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees:||March 29 - October 31|
|Campground Reservable Dates - Campsites and Yurts:||May 15 - September 2|
|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.|
ReservationsAll reservable, vehicle accessible campsites and Yurts must be reserved through Discover Camping.
Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.
Yurt reservations are accepted at this park. The yurts may be reserved anytime between April 1st and May 15th and again from September 5th until October 30th by contacting the park directly at 250-545-9943. To reserve between May 15th and September 5th, please contact Discover Camping
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Maps and BrochuresAny maps listed are for information only - they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
- Park Map [PDF 477KB]
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
Management PlanningManagement Planning Information
- The approved master plan for Ellison Provincial Park [PDF 543.58KB] is available in PDF format.
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.
Activities Available at this 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.
Pets on Leash
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.
Facilities Available at this Park
Cabins / Huts / Yurts
To reserve between May 15th and September 5th, 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.
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
Vehicle Accessible Camping
The park is open from April 1 to October 31. In the off-season (Nov 1-March 31) 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.