Lakeside living comes with a lot of perks.

The Okanagan summer features average temperatures in the low 30’s, evenings are sunny and bright, and the lake is alive with activity on the water and at the local beaches. With all that in mind, it’s important to be properly prepared for the summer months ahead. Here are the five top tips to help visitors and residents get ready for Summer at McKinley Beach…

1) Smoothies

Time to stock up on the frozen fruit! The ultimate way to cool down in the summer can also be highly nutritious and good for your body. Smoothies are an awesome way to reduce the heat while getting much needed antioxidants and vitamins through different blends of fruit and vegetables. For some great recipes to kick off your summer right, check out Daily Burn.

2) Exercise

Lake life is a natural part of living in the Okanagan Valley. From paddle boarding and wakeboarding, to kayaking and cruising down the lake in your boat, there are numerous ways to take advantage of the Okanagan Lake. Visit the McKinley Beach Marina and rent some water toys, take a tour of the lake, or just enjoy a jump off the dock. If you’d rather keep both feet on dry land, why not check out over 20 kms of hiking and biking trails around the new McKinley Beach community?

3) Clothing

Warm temperatures equal less clothing, or at least summer-appropriate clothing. Even business attire in the Okanagan makes a dramatic shift from pants and suit jackets to t-shirts, sandals, and shorts. Be sure to gear up and take advantage of the boutique shopping in downtown Kelowna (located only 15 mins from McKinley Beach).

4) Stock Up on the Essentials

Summer temperatures in the Okanagan tend to hit the high 30’s during the peak months. Sunscreen is an essential component, not only for the purposes of getting a nice even tan, but it also protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. On top of that, we heartily recommend an ample supply of water. Also, ice cream. Definitely ice cream.

5) Be Party-Ready

Kelowna is known for its festivals, outdoor activities, and parties. There’s nothing better than hanging out with family and friends on the deck or balcony in the summer months. In the interest of spontaneity, be sure to keep the freezer packed, ensure there’s propane for the barbecue, and it never hurts to have the wine/beer on ice.To learn more about McKinley Beach, visit