If you are travelling with children, it is often difficult to give them something fun to do each day, that distracts them enough (and tires them out) so that YOU get a vacation as well. The Okanagan has many attractions perfect for young children (on top of the many lakeside beaches) These sites are listed in a rough north-to south order:

Three Valley Gap Ghost Town

Three Valley Gap Ghost Town

19 km west on highway 1

Near the historical mining town of Three Valley is this park with 20 relocated historical buildings including a church, general store, hotel, schoolhouse and saloon. There is a private railway coach and live performances of the 3 Valley Follies musical stage show. Open May to September 8 am to 5 pm with guided tours. Admission $$.

Albert Canyon and Hot Springs

35 km east on Highway 1

Take a dip in a 39 degree Celsius (102F) mineral pool or take a swim in the 30 degree hot pool. There is also rafting, trail rides and camping. There is a completely unrestored ghost town nearby, nestled among regrown wild vegetation. Camping is permitted, and food is available. Open 9 am to 10 pm July and August; open 9 am to 9 pm in May, June and September. Admission $$.

Enchanted Forest

32 km west on Highway 1

Over 300 handmade figurines retelling many famous fairy tales, in a forest setting. Open 8 am to dusk May 15 to September 15th. Admission $$.

Beardale Castle Miniatureland

Beardale Castle Miniatureland

5 km west on Highway 1

Fairy tales are told through life-size animated settings. There are also miniature reproductions of a 1950’s prairie town, a Swiss mountain village, a medieval German town, and English country village and a Canadian heritage exhibit. Open daily 9 am to 7 pm May to September. Admission $$.

Kamloops Wildlife Park

18 km east on Highway 1

This children’s zoo has more than 150 species of animals (both native and exotic) in their natural settings. Also with miniature railway rides and a picnic facility. Open 8am – 8 pm in July & August; 8 am – 4:30 the rest of the year. Admission $$.

DeMilles Petting Zoo

DeMille’s produce just west of Salmon Arm
Salmon Arm

A free petting zoo with farm animals from small to large. Open in the summer from 8 am to 9 pm.

D Dutchman Dairy

1321 Maier Rd, Sicamous, BC V0E 2V1

(1 km east of Sicamous)
(250) 836-4304

Free children’s zoo with llamas, camels, horses, peacocks. Also serves over 50 flavours of home-made ice cream. A

Atlantis Waterslides

Splashdown Vernon (formerly Atlantis Waterslides)

7921 Greenhow Rd, Vernon, BC V1B 3S2
(5 km north of Vernon)
(250) 549-4121

This attraction features waterslides, hot tubs, mini golf, RV camping. Open June through August. Admission $$.

Parrot Island

5090 MacKinnon Rd, Peachland, BC V0H 1X2

This attraction features over 100 exotic birds in tropical settings, including macaws, parrots and toucans. The various stages of parrot growth are illustrated in the Education Centre. Open April to October, 10 am to 4 pm until June, and 9:30 to 5:50 until October. Admission $$.