1. Atlantis Water Slides
Atlantis is Okanagan’s largest outdoor water slide park. Atlantis is just 5 km away from the north of the city of Vernon. There is also a gift shop and concession stand, a hot tub, mini-golf, an arcade, and a large open picnic area with lots of grass. Prepare your lunch to avoid the concession stands and bring sunscreen and lots of water. If you need life jackets for young children, you can hire them on site. It is one of our favourite summer holiday activities in the Okanagan. A day at Atlantis costs a family of four about $60.
2. Rattlesnake Canyon
Rattlesnake Canyon is an outdoor themed theme park with various fun attractions, mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats, a climbing wall and an ever-popular bungee tree. If you are looking for fun outside the lake, you can spend about 3 or 4 hours here, and the kids enjoy the park. There is also a gift shop and an ice cream shop. Make sure you take lots of water. The climate in Osoyoos is desert and summer days can be around 40 °C. Costs are around $20 per child for a set of 5 trips.
3. Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is 15 minutes’ drive from the city of Penticton, British Columbia, is Canada’s largest astronomical observatory. Massive telescopes capture radio signals and waves from space, where radio astronomers then study the magnetic fields of our galaxy, like the Milky Way. You can grab a packed lunch and sit outside at the picnic tables to eat. You have to park at the road/entrance and enter the actual buildings, which are about 600 meters away. Press the speaker buttons along the way for interesting stories about the observatory. It is located approximately 10 miles south of Penticton on White Lake Road. The signs are well-marked so you can not miss them.
4. The Nk’Mip Desert & Cultural Center in Osoyoos
British Columbia offers an interesting insight into the aboriginal history and culture of the Okanagan Valley. Located in the town of Osoyoos, in the Spirit Ridge Vineyard & Spa, the cultural centre has vast interior and exterior configurations where children and families love to discover the ecosystem and nature of the desert. The establishment offers guided tours throughout the summer and also offers special interpretation programs that run throughout the summer.
5. Allan Brooks Nature Centre
Allan Brooks Nature Center in the city of Vernon, British Columbia. The North Okanagan is located in the Great Basin Plain stretching from the United States to the south-central part of British Columbia. The valley is also protected from arctic weather by the surrounding mountains. Together, these factors provide a unique climate and a diverse ecosystem and habitats, including grassland and wetland species, which are unique to this part of Canada only. The Allan Brooks Nature Center offers tours, exhibits and unique programs for children and families, providing a fun and interesting view of the area.