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When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby GenesisGT » Jan 28th, 2013, 11:34 pm

Found the following website which has a bunch of pictures of the freeze over in 1950.

There are more pictures at

http://www.museevirtuel-virtualmuseum.ca/sgc-cms/histoires_de_chez_nous-community_memories/pm_v2.php?id=record_detail&fl=0&lg=English&ex=00000427&hs=0&rd=155527
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby Glacier » Jan 28th, 2013, 11:55 pm

Judging by those pictures, it looks like the lake also froze in 68/69.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby fluffy » Jan 29th, 2013, 5:32 am

We moved into the valley from the maritimes in the summer of 1969 and I do remember the lake frozen completely very early in our time here, '69 would make sense. There was a real cold one in the early nineties as well, I remember Skaha Lake frozen over completely and the south end of Okanagan Lake frozen as far north as Trout Creek but I don't think it froze completely.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby 50-YEARS-in-Ktown » Jan 29th, 2013, 7:36 am

Where the bridge is, it has frozen over several times in the last 50 years.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby spigot52 » Jan 29th, 2013, 7:38 am

I remember the winter of '71 the lake froze, other than the channel kept open by the tug and barge.
So if not for those daily trips to Peachland, it would have frozen over completely.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby Glacier » Jan 29th, 2013, 9:17 am

I notice that the winters of 06/07 and 68/69 were very similar. If 06/07 did indeed freeze over, then 68/69 would have been close at least. I suppose how sustained the cold front is and how long it lasts that determines how much the lake freezes.

Historical records for Vernon during historically cold years:
    Winter of 1906/07:
      Average temperature = -7.23; Minimum temperature = -31.1; Number of days below -20 = 18
    Winter of 1928/29:
      Average temperature = -8.03; Minimum temperature = -30.0; Number of days below -20 = 16
    Winter of 1949/50:
      Average temperature = -8.73; Minimum temperature = -35.6; Number of days below -20 = 24
    Winter of 1968/69:
      Average temperature = -8.63; Minimum temperature = -38.9; Number of days below -20 = 15


For what it's worth, the lake I grew up on up in the Cariboo has only ever frozen over once in my lifetime (1997), but the old timers (RIP) used to to talk about it freezing before my time such as in 1969 and 1950.

I have to say, there is nothing like skating on a lake of clear glass 3 km wide and 20 km long!


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"The cold winter in 1949-50 killed many soft fruit trees. Many of the orchards were never replanted after that winter. The industry continued its decline to the present day. Only a few commercial orchards now remain in Peachland a century after J.M. Robinson incorporated the town. "
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"Okanagan Lake seldom froze and the last time it froze completely end to end was 1949-50. Many winters found some ice in various locations but it is commonly known that the lake in the 20th Century only froze completely, twice, in 1906 and 1949. After the lake froze over temperatures plummeted and severe winter damage occurred to the soft fruit trees: peaches, cherries, apricots. The soft fruit industry never recovered to its former abundance after 1949-50."
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"In the winter of 1949-50, Okanagan Lake froze over completely. The ice was so thick ( approximately 20 cm) that cars were able to drive upon it. At times, even planes took off on the frozen lake. It was recorded that brave and determined souls successfully drove a car and pulled a skier behind them while a motorcycle was lost to a break in the ice while trying to do the same thing. It was much colder than in winters past. In 1949-50, soft fruit trees such as peach trees suffered significant winter kill. The picture is located where Renfrew Road north meets Highway 97."
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby phasyluck » Jan 29th, 2013, 4:53 pm

I seem to recall 86/87 being mega cold, we skated all over the lake including out front of City Park and off of Hobson by the sailing club. All up and down the shore and out quite a ways without being concerned of ice thickness, not quite frozen across but it was pretty decent.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby logman » Jan 29th, 2013, 5:17 pm

I remember being WAY the heck out on the the ice off of Gyro Beach in "86 or so .
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby Cumungala » Jan 30th, 2013, 1:35 am

The lake has never frozen over completely in my lifetime, that's for sure. I remember a few years ago there was solid ice inside the Yacht Club and along Poplar Point Road. The entire shoreline was frozen and the ice reached at least 30 feet from shore. Both ends of Okanagan Lake froze completely over as well. Most of the ice only lasted a few days before it warmed up considerably. Thats the most ice I've ever seen the lake, but I hope I can see the lake freeze over at least once.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby steelrules » Jan 30th, 2013, 7:03 am

1978 the lake was frozen solid from Knox mountain to the bridge and roughly the same distance from the bridge south.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby French Castanut » Jan 30th, 2013, 4:44 pm

Two days ago I resurrected a thread called "Old Kelowna Pictures" in the grab bag area with pics of the lake frozen over from 1958 or so... might interests you.

To get 20cm of ice the Okanagan must have been EXTREMELY cold back then.
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby Veovis » Jan 30th, 2013, 6:59 pm

Takes a lot to go over the entire lake, or at least a long time of 15-20 (weeks I would think) -40 snap might work for a week, but I don't recall it ever getting that cold here the last 20 years.

At first I thought this also sounded like a thread about when Vancouver Canucks last won the cup but.....the lake has actually froze over, just not heck. (sorry couldn't resist)
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby johnhenry » Jan 30th, 2013, 7:47 pm

Veovis wrote:Takes a lot to go over the entire lake, or at least a long time of 15-20 (weeks I would think) -40 snap might work for a week, but I don't recall it ever getting that cold here the last 20 years.

At first I thought this also sounded like a thread about when Vancouver Canucks last won the cup but.....the lake has actually froze over, just not heck. (sorry couldn't resist)


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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby bh » Jan 31st, 2013, 10:03 am

My dog chased blocks of ice all over a frozen Gellatly Bay somewhere around 1988-1990. I remember it was incredibly cold, I had to carry him home!
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Re: When is the last time Okanagan Lake froze over?

Postby Big Bacardi » Jan 31st, 2013, 8:49 pm

i remember once as a young child, the lake froze prolly 77-84 time frame.

i remember it being a big deal, we even did a report on it in elementary school...... i went to martin elem
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