Talk:Okanagan Lake

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Lake name[edit]

I've always, always heard this as "Lake Okanagan." What's the rationale for "Okanagan Lake"? --Monado (talk) 19:40, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

It's the officially gazetted name = see its BCGNIS listing. I do agree, though, that Lake Okanagan is by far teh more common usage (in speech if not in print). Ditto with Lake Williston vs Wililston Lake and certain others (not Kamloops, Shsuwap or Seton - or Skaha for that matter); think Iv'e heard "Lake Kalamalka" too.....thing is with proving/citing the Lake Okanagan form I suspect it's fairly hard, as the written convention seems to be Okanagan Lake, I suppose derived from styleguides derived from teh gazette.Skookum1 (talk) 20:06, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

What?[edit]

Regarding Okanagan Lake article, I don't think it is accurate to say that Penticton borders Okanagan Lake to the south. Penticton borders Skaha Lake (technically connected by the Okanagan River), and you have to drive through Summerland and Peachland before you hit Okanagan Lake. I also question whether it is accurate to say later in the article that it is "next to" Canada's only desert ecosystem. The desert ecosystem doesn't start until you hit Oliver, almost 60 km. south. mersh@intelics.com

—The preceding unsigned comment was added by 154.5.211.201 (talkcontribs) .
  • I suggest you check a map. Penticton sits squarely on the small piece of land between Okanagan and Skaha. As for the desert ecosystem, I thought the (provincial?) park where the Skaha Bluffs are located east of Penticton qualifies as a desert...? --Stéphane Charette 07:25, 13 November 2006 (UTC)
The myth that "Canada's only desert" is the Oliver-Osoyoos area is just that, a myth; and even Osoyoos maintains Oliver isn't in it, as they defined it. In reality lots of BC is bona fide desert, it just doesnt' have a toruism board pushing it as such. Teh Thompson Canyon, Fraser Canyon frmo around Lytton up to Riske Creek, the area around Cache Creek-Savona-Kamloops Lake, pocket deserts around Keremeos and Merritt, even in the East Kootenay.....all desert. And some with less rainfall, and hotter temperatures, than Osoyoos' little bit of quasi-Mojavean arid terrain. Wherever you can, in any article it turns up in, the Osoyoos-desert myth is just that, a myth only (and a marketing campaign).Skookum1 (talk) 20:11, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
We also have subalpine/alpine and subarctic deserts, such as parts of the Edziza-Spatsizi.....Skookum1 (talk) 20:13, 9 August 2008 (UTC)
I just found (and tagged and edited) the Nk'mip Desert article, which contradicted itself by saying it was a "true hot desert" (which it's not) at teh same time asbeing properly called shrub steppe. That article has a big problem in that that name is part of a branding effort by the Nk'mip Resort/Winery and no one else usese the name; I'd say South Okanagan Desert if anything, but it's not really a desert despit ethe loud claims that it is; interesting to find out what the Washington side of it is called.....Skookum1 (talk) 20:44, 9 August 2008 (UTC)

So little water leaves lake[edit]

I am struck by how a huge lake only has a tiny outflow. If you pumped water out of the lake would it dry up? Is it water left over from an earlier climate? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 140.194.192.100 (talk) 22:35, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

Merge[edit]

I am marking Steamboats of Lake Okanagan to be merged here because I don't think a list of steamboats having its own article is appropriate, certainly not with the sparse content that one has. My vote is merge. - SweetNightmares 16:55, 19 August 2014 (UTC)