|Bear Creek, the campground's namesake|
Website: BC Parks
Map: Google Maps and BC Parks Campground
Camping Facilities: Strictly car camping
Stargazing: Forget it, too close to Kelowna
Summary: A reasonably good suburban camping experience
Thoughts: As you travel through the Okanagan wine region, whittling away your savings on wine, it's best to try to save your money where you can. After all, accommodations are secondary to the real attraction (the vino). After being directed to the grass-spattered parking lot that is Willow Creek Family Campground ($32 for that!?), we consulted the BC Parks website on our phone and found this little spot just north of the city. A remarkable improvement (for the same price) over our friends at Willow Creek (sorry guys).
|The dense understory provides plenty of privacy|
Bear Creek has everything you need - hot showers, cheap accommodations, well-placed understory between most sites, decent fire pits and a loop layout. There is a trail along Bear Creek that flows through the park, as well as a waterfront trail accessible at the northern side of all loops. There is even a pretty expansive trail on the west side of the road (the Dave Brewster Trail, named after it's designer). But you must remember, this is car camping. Decent car camping, but car camping, nonetheless. And it's situated just outside a city of 140,000 people. There is also a huge lawn with an irrigation system (this part of the province can be dry, so it's necessary) that keeps the grass green late into the season. This aspect might remind you of typical suburban scenes, with the RVs parked one after another along the road, backing on the greenery fed by spitting sprinklers.
|Okanagan Lake from Bear Creek's waterfront trail|
|Irrigation in full-effect|