Why should you paddle in Naramata?

by | Jan 30, 2015

Why should you paddle in Naramata?

Do you like to paddle in a serene and quiet area without the noise and crazy hectic pace of Penticton or Kelowna?

You won’t see Para-sailors, kite boarders, or tons of wave runners. The pace out here on and off the water is a lot less busy, so even if you are a good paddler you usually prefer a much quieter area to enjoy a stand up paddle session. Naramata has 3 or 4 bays to paddle in depending on the wind. If the wind is north, head down to gorgeous Manitou Park with lots of sun, shade, grass & sand.

You can paddle in Manitou Bay or peek around to the next bay to see the old stone house. If there is a south wind or none at all head to Wharf Park and you can paddle in Mill Bay and beyond to 2 more bays. Watch the eagles and osprey feed their babies or maybe get a glimpse of the ominous family of turkey vultures that live in Naramata.

The Naramata Bench

Naramata Road is one of the most beautiful roads you will ever drive on. The view will have your head turning towards the lake with vistas of vineyards and orchards. There are approximately 35 wineries, 2 distilleries and 2 fabulous cheese artisans and many restaurants. When you get to the village of Naramata you will see our shop on the left hand side of the main part of the Village with all our boards, kayaks, and bikes outside. It is a cheery sight. Naramata is quite small with a General Store, clothing shop, 3 motels, many B&B’s, a beautifully restored Naramata Heritage Inn & Spa, pub, coffee shop, takeout pizza place and cafe. There are also many Art Galleries and a Lavender Farm & Gallery. Come out on Wednesdays for a stand up paddle and then stay for the local Farmers’ Market (Mid June to September, 3:30-6:30 pm).