Okanagan Falls

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Okanagan Falls
Nickname(s): OK Falls
Okanagan Falls is located in British Columbia
Okanagan Falls
Okanagan Falls
Location of Okanagan Falls in British Columbia
Coordinates: 49°21′00″N 119°34′00″W / 49.35000°N 119.56667°W / 49.35000; -119.56667Coordinates: 49°21′00″N 119°34′00″W / 49.35000°N 119.56667°W / 49.35000; -119.56667
Country  Canada
Province  British Columbia
Area code(s) 250, 778
The real Okanagan Falls have long been submerged by the waters of Skaha Lake, which rose as a result of the construction of this small dam. The dam is located just south of the bridge along Highway 97 The dam is a vital component of the flood and irrigation controls of the region.

Okanagan Falls (also known as OK Falls) is a community located on the south end of Skaha Lake in British Columbia.[1][2] In 2012, Okanagan Falls expressed interest in incorporating as a municipality.[3]

Originally named Dogtown, which was derived from the name Dog Lake ("skaha" means "dog" in the Okanagan language), the current name derives from the former small set of the falls that used to lie on the Okanagan River at the outlet of the lake.[4][5]

Tourism[edit]

The Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory is a research facility founded in 1960 and located southwest of Okanagan Falls and Penticton.

The site houses three instruments – an interferometric radio telescope, a 26-m single-dish antenna, and a solar flux monitor – and supports engineering laboratories. The DRAO is operated by the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics of the National Research Council of the Canadian government.

The observatory was named an IEEE Milestone for first radio astronomical observations using VLBI. There is a self-guided tour available at the facility during daylight hours.

Parks[edit]

Christie Memorial Provincial Park is located on the south shoreline of Skaha Lake. Okanagan Falls Provincial Park is also nearby.

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