Boating

Penticton’s local teams in Heat #1 of the mini-Penticton Dragon Boat Festival on Sat. 11. From left to right, the Penticton Golden Dragons, 22 In Sync and Survivorship. (Submitted)

Mini-Penticton Dragon Boat Festival stays COVID-19 safe on Skaha Lake

Despite not having their usual crowds, the paddlers were happy to hit the waves

 

An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)

Off-duty Revelstoke Mountie and son, 11, rescue capsized canoers

The two men tipped their canoe in Griffin Lake over the weekend

 

The Kalavista Boat Launch in the District of Coldstream will be closed as of Sept. 13, 2021 until March 31, 2022. (Morning Star file)

North Okanagan boat launch closes for 6 months

Last chance to launch this weekend before sewer work begins Monday, Sept. 13

 

John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)

In the heart of Mara Lake: Family and dive team reflect on recovery of drowned Alberta man

John Planaden called Sicamous a second home, was part of community for more than 30 years

John Planaden (centre, grey shirt) treasured this photo of his family, which he loved dearly. His daughter, Stacey Weiland, said everyone in this photo had spent 10 days in Sicamous with Planaden before he drowned on Aug. 11, 2021. (Photo contributed)
Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and local governments are reminding people to stay out of the evacuation zones, including those travelling by boat. (RCMP)

Boaters blasted for getting in the way of Okanagan firefighters

One sailboat, in particular, continues to be spotted by air crews

Vernon North Okanagan RCMP and local governments are reminding people to stay out of the evacuation zones, including those travelling by boat. (RCMP)
A total of 19 boats competed in the Giant’s Head Regatta, held by the Summerland Yacht Club Aug. 6 to 8. (Contributed)

19 boaters compete in Giant’s Head Regatta

Sailing event held at Summerland Yacht Club Aug. 6 to 8

A total of 19 boats competed in the Giant’s Head Regatta, held by the Summerland Yacht Club Aug. 6 to 8. (Contributed)
Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon North Okanagan RCMP rescue four people from the waters of Kalamalka Lake after their boat capsized Sunday, Aug. 15. (File photo)

Vernon Search and Rescue crew assists boaters after vessel capsizes

Incident happened after 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, on Kalamalka Lake

Vernon Search and Rescue was called to help Vernon North Okanagan RCMP rescue four people from the waters of Kalamalka Lake after their boat capsized Sunday, Aug. 15. (File photo)
Lake Country councillor and Oyama representative Todd McKenzie is well aware of “repeating problems” at the aging Oyama Boat Launch on Wood Lake. (Google Maps/Matt Funk photo)

Oyama councillor wary of boat launch issues

Todd McKenzie says District of Lake Country needs to budget money and have resources to handle things at Oyama Boat Launch on Wood Lake

Lake Country councillor and Oyama representative Todd McKenzie is well aware of “repeating problems” at the aging Oyama Boat Launch on Wood Lake. (Google Maps/Matt Funk photo)
The owner of a sailboat found drifting in Okanagan Lake near Vernon is being sought. (RCMP photo)

Captain of sailboat adrift on Okanagan Lake sought

Owner of lost sailboat sought after it was found floating adrift on Okanagan Lake

The owner of a sailboat found drifting in Okanagan Lake near Vernon is being sought. (RCMP photo)
A personified wake advocates for Kalamalka and Wood Lake this summer. (Contributed)

Wake mascot advocates for Okanagan lakes

Campaign raises boater awareness of damage caused by wakes

A personified wake advocates for Kalamalka and Wood Lake this summer. (Contributed)
Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.

Head outdoors this summer with Outdoors West!

New magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s great outdoors

Sport fisherman hunting predator fish. Outdoor fishing in river during sunrise. Hunting and hobby sport.
Newcomers already were racing back to shore on their first try of Dragon Boating on Saturday on Skaha Lake. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Record numbers show up to give Dragon Boating a try in Penticton

Enough people showed up that the organizers ran out of space on their three boats

Newcomers already were racing back to shore on their first try of Dragon Boating on Saturday on Skaha Lake. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Dragon Boaters cut through the water during 2019’s Penticton Dragon Boat Festival. (File - Western News)

Give dragon boat paddling a try for free this Saturday in Penticton

The Penticton Dragon Boat teams are always looking for new paddlers

Dragon Boaters cut through the water during 2019’s Penticton Dragon Boat Festival. (File - Western News)
The Skaha Lake boat launch on the Penticton side can remain open while the OK Falls boat launch has been closed to allow BC Wildfire to use the water there. (City photo)

Skaha Lake boat launches on Penticton-side can remain open for now

BC Wildfire requested that OK Falls boat launch be closed to fight the Thomas Creek fire

The Skaha Lake boat launch on the Penticton side can remain open while the OK Falls boat launch has been closed to allow BC Wildfire to use the water there. (City photo)
RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT

Mounties tackle swamps, beaver dams to rescue stranded boaters in northern Manitoba

Officers tried to reach the boaters using a snowmobile trail, but they had to turn back due to swampy terrain

RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE – Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A lawyer for Linda O’Leary, the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, says his client was not impaired when she got involved in a boat crash on an Ontario lake that left two people dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision

Linda O’Leary had ‘alert range’ of blood alcohol after boat crash, officer testifies

Charge relates to a collision that took place on Lake Joseph, north of Toronto, on the night of Aug. 24, 2019

FILE – Linda O’Leary and Kevin O’Leary arrive at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. A lawyer for Linda O’Leary, the wife of celebrity businessman Kevin O’Leary, says his client was not impaired when she got involved in a boat crash on an Ontario lake that left two people dead. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jordan Strauss/Invision
The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)

3 generations of one B.C. family set to sail the world

Family sells off their land-based existence and settles into tiny home on water for world travel

The family celebrates getting Meraki in the water. (Courtesy Kate Coles)
Conservation Officers will be checking boats this weekend in the North Okanagan. (CO Service photo)

North Okanagan boat safety checks underway

Conservation Officers out this weekend. Floaters warned to stay off Shuswap River

Conservation Officers will be checking boats this weekend in the North Okanagan. (CO Service photo)
The Shuswap River in Enderby draws in people from near and far in the summer months of each year. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

RDNO ends lengthy attempt to bring new boating regulations to Shuswap River

With no consensus among stakeholders or remaining funds, the regional district is moving on

The Shuswap River in Enderby draws in people from near and far in the summer months of each year. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The community boat launch located at 8835 Okanagan Landing Road has been closed due to safety concerns. (City of Vernon photo)

Okanagan Lake boat launch remains closed for summer

Safety concerns at Vernon site

The community boat launch located at 8835 Okanagan Landing Road has been closed due to safety concerns. (City of Vernon photo)