Skaha Lake Park, Penticton

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Skaha Lake, historically known as Dog Lake and originally Lac Du Chien, is a freshwater lake located along the course of the Okanagan River in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. It has a surface area of approximately 20 km², with a maximum depth of 55 metres. The lake is situated directly south of Okanagan Lake and forms the southern shoreline and boundary of the city of Penticton, British Columbia. The community of Okanagan Falls is located at its southern end, the community of Kaleden lies in the upland area to its west.History and meaning of name"Labelled "L. du Chien" (Dog Lake) on Anderson Map, 1867; labelled "Du Chien L." on Trutch maps, 1866 and 1871. Origin unknown. Later, Dog became the official name. Changed in 1930 to Skaha "to agree with the local name," states the Chief Geographer. However Okanagan Indians say "skaha" is not their word for dog, but is that of the Shuswaps, and that the local word for dog is chokowapee. (Parham, 40). Another spelling is kaekuwapa. The local meaning of skaha is "horse". (Albert Millar). That is also the meaning in the Nicola dialect. (W. G. Clapperton)."Images
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  • I like going down to this lake park- they keep it really clean and nice and they views at this park along the lake is really bice  more »
  • People come from many places to enjoy this beautiful park, beach and amenities. I'm fortunate to live here and be within walking distance of the beach. My friends and I have a picnic at Skaha Park.....  more »
  • Such a nice beach. The sand is so soft with very little rocks for sensitive feet like mine. And when u walk out (I'm a non-swimmer) u can go waist deep for like half a block. Then chest deep for another half block til it drops off. Was disappointed to find out that the ice cream place on the beach had no vegan ice cream tho
  • Very nice park, and the beach was impeccable! It looked like someone raked it before anyone got there. The slide that went into the water was definitely a bonus, and the park attached was cute and different from other playgrounds I have seen. 🏖
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