Kal Lake in the running as best place in Canada

Kalamalka Lake has been nominated as the best public space in Canada. - Rod Sterling photo
Kalamalka Lake has been nominated as the best public space in Canada.
— image credit: Rod Sterling photo

Kalamalka Lake has been nominated as the best public space in Canada.

The Canadian Institute of Planners is currently in the midst of its annual competition to recognize the country’s special places.

“Kalamalka Lake is central to the identity of Lake Country, Vernon and Coldstream, and is probably one of the most photographed lakes in the Okanagan Valley due to its outstanding colour and character, not to mention its value as a natural and recreational resource,” said Mark Koch, Lake Country’s director of planning and development.

Generations of residents and visitors have enjoyed the shores and waters of Kalamalka Lake for recreation and a source of drinking water. It has played a role in the development of orchards and vineyards and it is a critical part of First Nations culture.

“There is an urban legend here that says Kalamalka Lake was named one of the 10 most beautiful lakes in the world by National Geographic back in the 1960s,” said Mary Jo O’Keefe, a Vernon councillor.

“When you see the colours of the lake start to change and the streaks of turquoise into the lake’s depths it is not hard to believe that this is truly a special place in a very special corner of the world.”

The contest closes Sept. 23 and people can vote at

“It is great to live and work in an area that has the jewel of the Okanagan – Kalamalka Lake – as its centrepiece,” said Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick.

“We hope everyone shares our belief that Kalamalka Lake is one of the best places in Canada and will vote in the contest.”


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