Beaver family settles into Vernon beachfront home

A beaver family has been settling in nicely at a culvert near Kin Beach. (Photo - Rory White)
Photo: Rory White
A beaver family has been settling in nicely at a culvert near Kin Beach. (Photo - Rory White)
Photo: Rory White
Photo: Rory White

A family of beavers has settled in near Kin Beach and appear unfazed by fawning locals and tourists.

The family appears to consist of two adult parents and four baby kits, according to Rory White, who lives in the neighbourhood and snapped photos of the beavers.

White has lived in the area his entire life and says he hasn’t seen a family of beavers quite like this one.

“In the last 10 to 12 years that I have walked Marshall Fields on a near-daily basis, I have seen one or two fairly often in the creek along the way. This, however, is unique,” White said.

“It is quite like watching them in a zoo or similar habitat, except they can leave. They are very calm and accommodating for the spectators.”

Read More: Eager beavers make walking dangerous along Okanagan Rail Trail

The beaver family’s semi-aquatic home is at a culvert on Lakeshore Road near Marshall Fields.

White adds that the beavers seem to like the spot because of a number of fallen willows nearby.

Some of those willows may have fallen due to heavy winds, but the beavers have gnawed some of them down themselves.

“The area is actually a perfect spot for them to hang out.”

White says the beavers haven’t started damming by the culvert, but might be gathering supplies to build their waterfront home somewhere nearby.

White hopes the city and the general public will let the beavers be as long as they’re not causing any issues (for those hoping to catch a glimpse, a helpful rule of thumb is to treat their home as you’d want yours treated and not to trespass).

Read More: Black bear spotted near Salmon Arm elementary school

Brendan Shykora
Reporter, Vernon Morning Star
Email me at
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Just Posted

Car of missing Victoria pair found in Vernon

RCMP encourage people to call with information, not just post on social media

Families receive support from ‘Living Flag’ fundraisers

A young man and a boy who both live with limited mobility were supported by the Canada Day events

Cross-country Jeep tour to drive home donations for food bank

The Jeep Okanagan club will also raise donations at its Rally Through the Valley event in September

UPDATE: Machinery malfunctions in Lake Country sending one man to hospital

The accident was reported just before 12:30 p.m. Friday

North Okanagan artist to tackle stereotypes in Vernon workshop

Armstrong-raised artist Romi Kim to host workshop at Caetani Cultural Centre on Thursday

Osoyoos woman who threatened mom and baby with butcher knife sentenced

Sharon Constance Forner pleaded guilty to one criminal charge and was sentenced

Injured hiker rescued in Peachland

The woman fell while hiking Pincushion Mountain on Friday

‘Easy Rider’ star Peter Fonda dies at 79

Actor and writer was nominated for an Oscar for co-writing the 1969 psychedelic road trip movie

Haida artist to perform at George Ryga Festival in Summerland

Interweavings features music from Terri-Lynn Williams-Davidson and Bill Henderson

Princeton hosts Western Canada’s only festival devoted exclusively to traditional music

From a Doukhobor choir to folk singers, singer songwriters, Celtic music and… Continue reading

Bob Lenarduzzi out as Vancouver Whitecaps president

MLS team is at the bottom of the Western Conference standings

Okanagan partners respond to provincial ride-hailing requirements

The Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan states its position

Bag of white substance found near Summerland water park

Resident concerned crystal meth was left near children’s play area

Most Read