Activities

Arts & Culture

Art and Culture are very important to Peachlanders. Something special about us is that many of our community members volunteer their time at the Art Gallery, Visitor Centre, or at events that promote our culture!

Peachland Art Gallery

Peachland Art Gallery, located in the same building as the Visitor Centre, is the cultural hub of our community. It hosts art exhibitions that promote the entire Okanagan and a diverse group of artists. They also host live music and dinner events.

Peachland Museum

Step back in time and explore Peachland’s past at the Peachland Museum. It is housed in a historic building that was constructed mostly by volunteers in 1910 and served as a Baptist Church. Its exhibits include a miniature of historic Beach Avenue, a working model of the Kettle Valley Railway, and more!

Peachland Visitor Centre

Let us help you make memories in our charming town! Whether you are a visitor who needs directions or advice on what to do, or a local who is looking for community information, we are here for you! Our historic building is over 100 years old and once served as a schoolhouse for the children of Peachland.

We are more than just a visitor centre— we are also an attraction where you can take a tour of our interpretive centre and learn about Peachland’s history. You can also learn about our bats— yes, bats! Our building is also home to a maternal bat colony; each year, mother bats spend the spring and summer in our attic and give birth to their young (called pups!) Don’t worry— if you are afraid of bats, they don’t come into contact with the public. We are very thankful for our bats because they are the reason why you won’t find any mosquitoes in Peachland. Our bats can eat over half their body weight in insects every single night.

For more information on Peachland’s Bats, visit the Bat Education & Ecological Protection Society (BEEPS).

Sncewips Heritage Museum

Since time immemorial, the Syilx/Okanagan People have lived on the land that we know today as the Okanagan. Our visitor centre resides on the unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx people. Sncewips Heritage Museum tells their story. They are a living museum, meaning that much of the artifacts they have on display they still use to this very day. Let their knowledgeable staff guide you through the museum and teach you about Syilx culture and history from ancient times to present. They are a located in West Kelowna about 25 minutes from downtown Peachland.

Westbank Museum

Visit the Westbank Museum to learn about the rich history of the West Kelowna (formerly known as Westbank and still known to many as Westbank!) West Kelowna/Westbank/Westbank First Nations has an interesting, controversial history that you can find on display at the Westbank Museum. You can learn a lot about the settlers and pioneer families there, and you can also take a tour of their Fur Trapper Cabin replica to learn what life was like in times of old.

Our Neighbours

While these businesses don't operate in Peachland, we want to give them a special mention because they are our neighbours and they are wonderful places to visit!

Westbank Museum

Visit the Westbank Museum to learn about the rich history of the West Kelowna (formerly known as Westbank and still known to many as Westbank!) West Kelowna/Westbank/Westbank First Nations has an interesting, controversial history that you can find on display at the Westbank Museum. You can learn a lot about the settlers and pioneer families there, and you can also take a tour of their Fur Trapper Cabin replica to learn what life was like in times of old.

Sncewips Heritage Museum

Since time immemorial, the Syilx/Okanagan People have lived on the land that we know today as the Okanagan. Our visitor centre resides on the unceded, traditional territory of the Syilx people. Sncewips Heritage Museum tells their story. They are a living museum, meaning that much of the artifacts they have on display they still use to this very day. Let their knowledgeable staff guide you through the museum and teach you about Syilx culture and history from ancient times to present. They are a located in West Kelowna about 25 minutes from downtown Peachland.

Attractions

Peachland is a small community with so much to offer &em from a stunning waterfront to museums to exotic birds, there is something here for everyone to enjoy.

Peachland Fall Fair

Peachland’s Fall Fair is an annual celebration that has been happening in our community for over 100 years! In the style of an old-fashioned country fair, community members and our neighbours get together and showcase their best baking, flower arrangements, fruits, preserves, photography, and more. The best in each category are awarded prizes.

 

Please note that the 2020 Fall Fair has been cancelled due to Covid 19. We hope to see  you next year!

Parrot Island

Closed for the 2020 season – See you next year!

Exotic Parrots? In Peachland? You heard right— but know that this is not a zoo. This is a bird sanctuary run by Ray and Valerie Parkes who have been rescuing abused and abandoned birds for years. They care for the birds and work on finding them new, loving homes. They typically offer tours of their sanctuary to the public from Spring to Fall and give tours by reservation in the Winter.

Watch this video for more information on Parrot Island!

Peachland Waterfront

The Peachland waterfront is the perfect way for folks to explore Peachland. The paved walk way stretches all along Beach avenue and takes you by shops, restaurants and cafes. Make some music using outdoor instruments on our new boardwalk. Take a dip at Swim Bay, the only life-guarded beach in Peachland. Folks in wheelchairs have beach access via Swim Bay and can take a cruise on our new, wheelchair accessible boardwalk, which is also an excellent place to fish!

 

Photos courtesy of Rhonda Johnson, Darci Ritchey, and the District of Peachland.

Peachland Visitor Centre

Let us help you make memories in our charming town! Whether you are a visitor who needs directions or advice on what to do, or a local who is looking for community information, we are here for you! Our historic building is over 100 years old and once served as a schoolhouse for the children of Peachland.

We are more than just a visitor centre— we are also an attraction where you can take a tour of our interpretive centre and learn about Peachland’s history. You can also learn about our bats— yes, bats! Our building is also home to a maternal bat colony; each year, mother bats spend the spring and summer in our attic and give birth to their young (called pups!) Don’t worry— if you are afraid of bats, they don’t come into contact with the public. We are very thankful for our bats because they are the reason why you won’t find any mosquitoes in Peachland. Our bats can eat over half their body weight in insects every single night.

For more information on Peachland’s Bats, visit the Bat Education & Ecological Protection Society (BEEPS).

Peachland Museum

Step back in time and explore Peachland’s past at the Peachland Museum. It is housed in a historic building that was constructed mostly by volunteers in 1910 and served as a Baptist Church. Its exhibits include a miniature of historic Beach Avenue, a working model of the Kettle Valley Railway, and more!

Trails

Whether you run, walk, bike, or wheel, Peachland has a trial for you.

Beach Ave Waterfront Trail

The Beach Avenue Waterfront Trail is a pedestrian walkway that stretches 3km along Beach Avenue in Peachland. There is beach access along parts of the trail, including wheelchair access at Swim Bay across from the visitor centre. You will also find a wheelchair accessible pier (the first of its kind on Okanagan lake) at the south end of Beach Avenue near Rotary Park. The pier also serves as a great fishing spot for all ages. Feel like making some music? There are outdoor instruments located at the north end of the pier across from Bliss Bakery. There is also plenty of free parking on the street all along Beach Avenue.

Wilson Lake Ski and Snowshoe Trails

The Wilson Lakes snowshoe and ski trails showcase Peachland’s natural beauty. They were popular in the 1960s and 70s when the Peachland Ski Club existed. The trails are now being rediscovered. There is signage for the trailhead of the Wilson Lakes Loop. There is a 37 km trail system. Each trailhead is marked with colour-coded directional signs according to the ability required to ski it.

Trails and Distances (one way)
The Wilson Lake Loop: 5km – Easy
Wilson Silver Trail is 8km – intermediate
Fir Lane: 4km – Intermediate
Les’s Trail: 6km – Advanced
Aspen Grove Trail: 14km – advanced
Wes’s Trail, snowshoe to Wilson Mountain – 5km return

Warnings
These are not groomed trails, so please know your physical ability before heading out. Skiers and snowshoers share this trail together – please follow the etiquette posted on the signs. Be prepared for the wilderness – include a backpack, water bottle, snack and layered clothing. There is no cellphone service or amenities.

Directions
From highway 97 south in Peachland, turn onto Princeton Ave and continue following the road where it turns to gravel. At the fork, go right following the signs to Silver Lake Camp. Pass the turn off to Silver Lake. At 1.5km past the Silver Lake driveway, you will find Wes’s trail. Drive past this for another 3.5 – 4 km to the trailhead for the Wilson Lake loops. Trail signage is not visible from the road, so watch for cars parked on the side of the road or watch for a clearing where power lines are visible.

Bedford & Spring Lake Trails

The Bedford Trails are named after West Bedford, long-time Peachland resident and pharmacist. The trail is perfect for snowshoeing and is easy to navigate. It is well marked with pink ribbon and “T”s on trees. The trail head is marked with an orange sign that reads “Wes’s Trail”. At the beginning of the trail, you will exit the bush at the powerline. From there, head right and walk up over the little hill. The trail continues down to the left. The trail ascends with switchbacks. You can hike 2.5 km up to the old hunting shelter then return the same way.

Directions
Wes’s trail: Take highway 97 south to Peachland. Turn on Princeton Avenue and follow it past Zip Zone and past Headwaters Rd./Peachland Forest Service Rd. Pass the Silver Lake driveway; after about 1.5km, the trailhead will be on the right and will be marked with an orange sign that says “Wes’s Trail”.

Click on map below to enlarge.

Pincushion Mountain Trail

Locals say that you can’t truly call yourself a Peachlander until you have summited Pincushion Mountain. One of the best known and most loved hikes, Pincushion Mountain is named after a wildfire in the 19th century that destroyed most of the trees on the mountain, leaving only burned trees that looked like pins. Today, Pincushion Mountain is very scenic, and it is a challenging, but rewarding hike. The top of Pincushion Mountain offers one of the best views in the Okanagan Valley. The trail begins with stairs and then becomes switchbacks. It has several steep sections, so proper footwear and even walking sticks are recommended. There are three look-out points that will allow you to rest before you hike to the summit. At the top, you’ll want to take an iconic selfie of the Canadian Flag and of the view. Then, sign the guestbook! The total hike has an elevation of 245 m.

The trail in spring can be hard to see if there is patchy snow still on the ground. If the area is still cold/icy, the trail will be slippery and in spring the mud will be slippery. In summer when the trail is dry the gravel is slippery. Be careful. The trail is well trod and there are trail markers— either bits of pink ribbon or old red signs high up on trees. Stay on trail as much as possible and be observant. It’s a totally worthwhile trek!

Directions
Travel on highway 97 south to Peachland. Take Ponderosa Drive and follow it to the end (there are a few possible turn offs— make sure you follow it to the end). Park in the Pincushion Mountain parking lot.

 

Learn more about this hike at www.hikingaddiction.ca

Photos courtesy of @grue_056 and HikingAddiction.ca

Trepanier Creek Greenway Regional Park

This hike spans from Okanagan Lake waterfront to the Okanagan Connector Highway 97-C. It offers visitors a natural forest trail that borders the canyon of Trepanier Creek. From 1909 to 1947, there was a hydroelectric power plant on the creek that supplied our community. You can still see remnants of the Trepanier Creek dam.

The start of the trail is at the south end of the greenway. This is where the most challenging part of the hike is. The trail climbs continuously with some steep spots for 1500 m. Afterwards, the trail levels out and is fairly easy all the way to the Trepanier Rd. entrance. The footpath is wide with some narrow sections and consists of mostly natural materials. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing and stick to the designated trails.

Directions
The trailhead is accessible via Clements Crescent (off Hwy 97 at the IGA) and is marked by Regional District signage.

Stairway to Heaven

No need to buy a stairway to heaven— on this trail, you will ascend a whopping 158 stairs and trek a 1.5 km hike that is generally flat. This hike is a great option for folks who want to get outdoors but are on a tight schedule.

Directions
The trailhead is off a cul-de-sac on Victoria St. From Hwy 97, turn onto Princeton Ave. Follow Princeton and turn right onto Somerset Ave. Turn left onto Gladstone Road and another left onto Victoria St. There will be a half cul-de-sac along the right side. Park in an appropriate area not blocking any driveways.

 

Photo courtesy of Kristy Draginda, @hikingtheokanagan

Fur Brigade Trail

Explore Peachland’s section of the historic Fur Brigade Trail. The trail was created based on the existing trails that were walked by Indigenous people for thousands of years. In the 1800s, fur traders used these trails to transport furs from Northern BC to the Columbia River. The section of the trail that is currently open extends from south of Peachland to Summerland; however, the Peachland summit trail is around 8km with a 300 m elevation gain. Become a part of history yourself and sign the Fur Brigade Trail guestbook, located 1km up the trail.

Directions
From Highway 97, take Hardy Street and follow it as it turns sharply left and becomes Thorne Rd., a dirt road. Make another left turn onto Log Chute Road and follow the road as it switches back and forth a few times. Park safely on the side of the road at the trail head, which is marked with a blue and white hiker symbol. If you reach the orchards, you have gone too far.

For more information on this trail, visit Trail of the Okanagans and Hiking Addiction

Hardy Falls

Photo courtesy of Ellen Spacey

Hardy Falls, named after Harry Hardy, who was one of the first orchardists on the west side of Okanagan Lake, is located at the south end of Peachland. It follows Deep Creek and leads to a beautiful waterfall. It is a short walk and easily accessible, making it one of Peachland’s most popular trails. Visit the falls in September to see the Kokanee salmon spawn. Make sure to check out the falls in the winter to see if they have frozen over!

Humans and their pets must stay out of the creek from August – May to avoid killing eggs, alevin and fry that are incubating and growing over the winter. Keep your eye out for black bears, especially when salmon are spawning. Respect their space and do not put yourself or the bear at risk for a photo opportunity.

Directions
The trailhead is located on Hwy 97 South at Hardy Street. Turn off Highway 97 onto Hardy Street and follow it to the parking lot.

 

Photos courtesy of the Regional District of the Central Okanagan.

Gladstone Trail

Tackle this hike and be rewarded with stunning views of Okanagan Lake and the gorges behind the mountain. The Gladstone loop is about 7km long and there is an optional 1 km excursion to see a rare, 400-year-old Ponderosa Pine Tree. There is a 300 m elevation gain. Bring good hiking shoes, water, and a snack.

The locals say: “One of my favorite hikes is Gladstone Trail….it is a relatively new hiking trail for Peachland but one that can challenge every hiking enthusiast. I enjoyed this trail last year and found the way that it wanders through varying mountain scapes very interesting!” – Jenny B.

Directions
The trailhead is located at the corner of Victoria St. and Harrington Crescent. To get there, follow Princeton Ave. and take a right on Somerset Ave., then left on Gladstone Rd., and left again on Victoria St.

Peachland Beach Rentals

What better way to explore Peachland than taking a cruise along Beach Avenue by bike? Sample Peachland’s flavours and take in the sights, then park your bike at the beach and relax! If you would prefer to explore Peachland by water, no problem— they rent paddleboards and kayaks too! 

Lake Activities

Ray Kandola Heritage Pier

The Ray Kandola Heritage Pier is a 120-metre long fixed structure running parallel to the shoreline of Heritage Park in downtown Peachland. This pier is the first of its kind on Okanagan Lake. Breakout areas allow people to fish while the main pier features wheelchair access with benches to rest and take in the Okanagan Lake views. This is a great place for people of a ride variety of ages and abilities to fish or to simply take in the sights and fresh air. 

Swim Bay

Swim Bay, located across from the visitor centre, is a great place to take the family for a day at the beach. The beach includes washrooms, wheelchair accessible beach access, a zipline, rope swing, wharf, and diving board. Swim Bay is also one of the only beaches in the Okanagan to have a lifeguard on duty in the summer months.

Wibit Water Park

Wibit Water Park is a seasonal water park that floats on top of the water near downtown Peachland. Whether you’re a kid or a kid at heart, you’ll be sure to have a blast. For a small admission fee, you will get a life jacket and an afternoon of good times.

 

Please note that the Peachland location for Wibit is closed as of July 2020, however, you can enjoy the locations at Kelowna and Penticton! We hope to see you next year! 

Peachland Beach Rentals

What better way to explore Peachland than taking a cruise along Beach Avenue by bike? Sample Peachland’s flavours and take in the sights, then park your bike at the beach and relax! If you would prefer to explore Peachland by water, no problem— they rent paddleboards and kayaks too! 

Sports & Recreation

Peachlanders love to get out and about, and this includes participating in sports. Come join us and learn what Pickleball is all about.

Okanagan ATV Tours

A great way to explore Peachland’s back country is taking a cruise on an ATV. Your hosts at Okanagan ATV Tours will give you a safety orientation on how to operate the ATVs and take you on a 2 hour or 4 hour excursion in the Peachland wilderness. They also operate year-round!

ZipZone

If you want to experience nature and a thrill, ziplining is a perfect option. Peachland’s very own Zip Zone has some of the highest, longest, and fastest ziplines in Canada. You will zip through beautiful scenery and have views of Deep Creek Gorge and forest-draped mountains.

Lambly Park

Lambly Park offers a variety of amenities, including:

  • Tennis Courts
  • Outdoor Fitness Trail
  • Skate Park
  • Pickleball Courts

Shopping

Retail chains aren't really our thing in Peachland — what you will find are unique, locally-owned businesses with a peachy flare. We can?t wait to take you shopping!

The Lanai Ladies Boutique

A chic boutique specializing in women’s clothing, Lanai keeps up-to-date with the latest fashions and is sure to have something lovely for all ages. Find fashionable looks for work, or something perfect for lounging.

Peachland Farmer’s and Crafter’s Market

Mingle with locals and business owners to see everything Peachland has to offer. Located in a spacious park right on Okanagan Lake, this market has a variety of vendors offering everything from fresh fruit and vegetables, to clothing and jewelry. 

On Beach Boutique & Gifts

Peachland’s “Unique Boutique!”

Offering fresh looks for each season, you’ll find a wide assortment of beach wear, fine clothing, gifts and treasures.

IGA

IGA is Peachland’s go-to grocery store. It is well-stocked and will have everything you need.

Dragonfly and Amber Gallery

Dragonfly and Amber carries clothing and jewelry from all over the world. This is a great place to find an outfit or to find eclectic treasures!

Déjà Vu Gifts & Décor

Whether you’re looking for a small trinket to take with you as a memory of your travels, or looking for a larger piece to add the finishing touch to your home, Déjà Vu has quality gifts and furniture that will suit any home.

Chico’s Paradise

Chico’s carries fashionable clothing for women and men as well as some pieces for children. Best of all, they carry lots of Canadian-made garments! Whether you’re looking for the perfect outfit for a party or just something comfortable to lounge in, you can find your fit at Chico’s.