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Beaches and boat launches reopen just in time for the Canada Day long weekend

A few beaches in Kelowna will be open just in time for Canada Day celebrations.
June 30, 2017 - 5:30 PM

KELOWNA - Residents in the Central Okanagan have gotten used to seeing 'closed' signs at City beaches, parks and boat launches on Okanagan Lake, but a number of these will be reopened just in time for the Canada Day long weekend. 

According to a press release from the City of Kelowna, the north end of City Park beach will be reopen, as well as Waterfront Park - including Tugboat Beach. Four other prime sun-soaking locations that will be open are Boyce-Gyro Park, Cedar Creek Park, Sarsons Beach Park, and Paul's Tomb and the Lochview Trail. 

Additionally, the tunnel below William R. Bennett bridge will reopen Saturday during the day, however since the power at City Park is off, the tunnel and the park will close when the sun goes down. The pedestrian bridge at Lake Avenue will remain closed. 

Officials are reminding swimmers to be careful of debris floating and underneath the water, and to leave shoreline debris in place as it protects against wave erosion. 

Various boat launches will also be open, so boaters can celebrate Canada Day in true Keowna-style. These boat launches include Cook Road Boat Launch, Cedar Creek Park Boat Launch (which is only suitable for small boats) and Water Street Boat Launch, however it will only have one lane open and due to Canada Day activities parking will be limited. 

Boaters are reminded that due to flooding conditions, wake-free boating activities are encouraged. They are also being warned to be mindful about debris and infrastructure floating, or submerged, in the lake. 

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