Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations

Wildlife Viewing in the Okanagan Region

The Okanagan Region occupies approximately 29,200 square kilometres, and consists of two physiographic systems, the Cascade Mountains and the Interior Plateaus and Mountains.

The Okanagan Region, especially the South Okanagan area, contains a variety of unique habitats, many of them threatened on a Canada-wide scale. These habitats are critical to a variety of wildlife and fish species, often limited to this Region. The South Okanagan is home to a long list of species officially listed as threatened and endangered, many of which may be observed at specific sites.

Some of the animals you might expect to see, if you are in the right place at the right time, could include Yellow-bellied Marmots, California Quail, Golden Eagles, Mountain Goats, Bats, Swallows, Nighthawks, Waterbirds, Garter Snakes or Rattlesnakes, Beaver, even Canyon Wrens and Painted Turtles. Don't forget the Bighorn Sheep near Keremeos!

Wildlife viewing brochure for the South Okanagan and Similkameen area [PDF 1.0MB]

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