Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park
OKANAGAN VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Who We Are
The Friends of Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park have been a registered, charitable non-profit Society since 2004. The Friends Society Board and members are volunteers dedicated to preserving and protecting the environmental integrity of the Park for the benefit of the general public and future generations.
Leave nothing but footprints. Take nothing but photos.
The land established as Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is located within the territories of the Splatsin, Secwepemc Nation and four bands of the Okanagan Nation Alliance (Okanagan, Lower Similkameen, Penticton and Upper Nicola).
Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park is a day-use only park that protects the 3,218 hectares of Okanagan grasslands as well as cliff forest and wetland habitats. Amazingly for such a small area, so far 432 varieties of vascular plants have been identified within the park.
The park fronts over 4 kms of shoreline of Kalamalka Lake which is a “marl” lake. As the lake warms in the summer, calcium carbonate forms crystals that when sunlight is reflected, creates distinctive blues and greens.
BC Parks Recognition
The Society’s relationship and mutual support with and from BC Parks over many years continues as a cornerstone of inspiration for the Society’s Board and membership.
Where Membership Fees and Donations Go
We work with BC Parks and the Park Maintenance Contractor to minimize destruction of park lands and habitat, to maintain trails, control noxious weeds and to protect the water quality of Kalamalka Lake.
We help to fund scientific research projects within the park with the goal of preserving its natural habitat. We raise funds and seek grants to support this work
We educate those interested about the ecological, historical and cultural significance of the park lands, as well as the flora and fauna.
We produce the Park Trail Map/Brochure annually (in 2021 over 5000) and make them available at the Park entrances.
We undertake critical projects like reducing fire hazards in the park, trail development and improvement, work parties to eliminate invasive species like Scotch Thistle and Garlic Mustard.
We actively recruit new members who are dedicated to the intentional care, enjoyment and future of this uniquely natural and native British Columbia gem.