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We asked, you answered: Best southern Interior spots for a float this summer

Enderby is generally known as a great place to float on the river.
June 29, 2020 - 11:45 AM

With sunnier skies in the forecast, people in the Okanagan and Kamloops may have an opportunity to relax and cool off by floating in their favourite rivers or lakes.

Penticton’s river channel opened June 27 for eager floaters, and residents are offering up floating opportunities in B.C. they enjoy.

READ MORE: Floating fun: Penticton's river channel again open for lazy summer days

iNFOnews.ca asked residents to share their favourite summer floating spots, and these are some of the responses we've received so far:

Shuswap River Float

The Enderby River is a common floating spot for many North Okanagan residents. Also known as the Shuswap River, this float can be found Mabel to Mara Lake. River ambassadors will be checking the water levels throughout the summer.

The most common float launch is from Belvidere Park to Tuey Park. Other popular options are Belvidere Park to Riverside RV Park and Trinity Bridge to Eby Hand Launch, according to Explore the Map.

Boundary Rivers

There are three rivers in the Kettle Valley originating from Holmes Lake which make for some excellent tubing opportunities.

"The Granby River, also known as the north fork of the Kettle River flows down the North Fork Valley and offers cooler water temperatures than the Kettle. The east and west Kettle meet at Westbridge, flow down through Rock Creek east to Midway where it crosses the Canada/US Border before flowing back into Canada at the Danville border," according to The Kettle Valley Express.

Tubers can get in at the Kettle River Provincial Park to Rock Creek Hotel, from Byman’s Bend to Deep Hole, or take the Deep Hole (great swimming hole) route to Ingram Bridge, according to The Kettle Valley Express.

For more information and more tubing options visit The Kettle Valley Express's website.

Image Credit: Boundary Kettle and Granby River Tubing Conditions/Kristina Squarebriggs

Similkameen River

Enter the Similkameen River from the Bridge of Dreams in Princeton and tube, kayak or canoe Bromley Rock or on to Cawston, according to Similkameen Valley. You can also spend a day kayaking or canoeing on the Tulameen River or between Coalmont and Princeton. 

Coquitlam River

This river can be shallow at times, so best to go early in the summer, according to Dreamboats. Reddit users have reported that there is parking available near the Upper Coquitlam River Park and at the Shaugnessy/Lougheed section.

Check out the Dreamboats float map for the best river floating spots in the province.

While the Environment Canada forecast isn't calling for a scorcher in the Thompson Okanagan today, June 29, it may be warm enough for float. Temperatures are expected to reach 25 Celsius in Kelowna with a mix of sun and cloud. Vernon will also see a high of 25 C with a sun and cloud mis, while Penticton will be mainly sunny and with a daytime high 27 C.

Kamloops is looking for a mix of sun and cloud today with a high of 25 C.

Do you have a favourite spot to go for a float in the summer? Let us know in the comments below.


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