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By: Author Gemma. One of the few islands on this incredibly large lake km longit is said that the legendary Okanagan Lake monster, the Ogopogo, lives in a cave underneath the island. While a paddle to Rattlesnake Island is unlikely to offer a chance to see the elusive Ogopogo, there are some other fascinating sights to see.
The low, rocky island almost blends completely into the rustic hues of the hills of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park behind it. The landing beach for kayaks and canoes is easy to miss when arriving from across the lake, so much so that we had to do a full circum of the island before we found it! On the north side, giant concrete slabs sit at water level, some cracked, another part submerged. From here, nothing else can be seen. Above the concrete, steep rock and vegetation block better views.
After landing, we made the next discovery; steps cut into the rock leading upwards to the flattest part of the island. Not far after we ascended the steps and a section of steep rock, we saw our first miniature golf course hole. Yes, a golf hole. There are a substantial of these on the island, at least eight or nine. The golf course remains are not the only s of construction on the island.
There are several building foundations, including both square and round structures. A few other smaller concrete blocks lie here and there, with no obvious reason for their placement. Rattlesnake Island may now be part of Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park, but it was once privately owned.
Back in the s, it was purchased by Eddie Haymour, a Lebanese immigrant. He wanted to turn the island into an Arab-themed tourist attraction.
The island would be serviced by a ferry and would include pyramids, restaurants, mini golf course, a giant model camel and more. The concrete slabs we spotted on the north side were likely part of a dock. Haymour opened the half finished park in The provincial government of BC was not a fan of the development. This amount was less than a quarter than Haymour had spent on his project so far. Haymour asked for help from the Lebanese government with no luck before being forced to over the land to the BC government.
Returning to Lebanon, Haymour was frustrated with the unfair treatment from the BC government. With the help of his family, he seized the Canadian embassy in Beirut. Thirty-four hostages and a nine hour standoff later, the BC government agreed to discuss the case with him. Haymour was not prosecuted for his actions in Beirut. An oasis on a very popular recreation lake, Rattlesnake Island enjoys many visitors during the summer.
There are wonderful views towards both Peachland and Summerland as well as Okanagan Mountain Park behind it. On this beautiful November day with a top temperature of 17c! There are some great benefits to visiting Rattlesnake Island out of the main summer season. For one, we had the whole island to ourselves.
What a peaceful experience! If you wondered what happened to Eddie Haymour by the way, he purchased some land opposite Rattlesnake Island in Peachland. He built a hotel there that is still operating today under different ownership.
While I have no idea of the origin of the name, the cove is a pretty little place with a rocky beach, an outhouse, a bench or two and a couple of spots to put up a tent. We had a picnic here before enjoying a good few hours of sunbathing. Probably due to spending a little too long sunbathing, our return paddle home was less than pleasant. Half way across the lake the wind picked up and we found ourselves paddling a metre and a half wave swell.
Not the best end to a day on the water, but a good bit of exercise after all that fun in the sun. There are numerous places along the highway either side of Peachland to park a vehicle for the day. Another option would be to park at one of the marinas or parks in Peachland itself. The paddle over to Rattlesnake took 40 minutes in calm conditions.
The return trip was double this with substantial waves and wind for half of the journey. Be aware though, that Okanagan Lake is at risk for sudden and drastic weather and wave changes at any time due to its large size. Always wear PFDs and take safety gear! There are numerous campsites along the shore of Okanagan Mountain Park, allowing for a multi-day adventure. There is a beach on the southeastern edge of Rattlesnake Island for kayaks and canoes to land on. It is well hidden behind a rocky outcrop.
Found this post helpful? Subscribe to our monthly travel newsletter! Receive a round-up of our latest outdoor adventures and exciting beyond the beaten path destinations direct to your inbox every month. My boyfriend and I went to the island a of years ago and there was also a checkerboard built on the island too!
I hope to go back sometime soon. A checkerboard, that's pretty cool! I enjoyed going back for a second time recently so I hope you get the chance too! Thanks for the great story and pictures. I was wondering though if there are any rattlesnakes on the island or how it got that name? How far was it from the island to the campsite?
Is there a good place to leave a vehicle in Peachland if I was to camp over night by the island? Thanks for your comment! No idea how the island got the name - we didn't see any Rattlesnakes and I haven't heard of anyone else spotting them there either! There is a fair amount of street parking in Peachland where I would personally feel comfortable leaving our van overnight.
I love BC, it's so gorgeous!! Parts of this remind me of Lake Tahoe in California, just stunning. Can't wait to see what you share this weekend on FlyAwayFriday linkup!!
Wow that sounds like such a fascinating spot to visit! Love all the photos! Forgive me for my terrible Canadian geography but where is Rattlesnake Island in respect to Vancouver? Thanks for ing FlyAwayFriday!! Hey there! We are Jean Robert and Gemma, a British-Canadian couple who love to explore beyond the beaten path by foot, road and paddle. We love sharing these experiences to inspire and help others to do the same.
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