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Liveaboard in The Okanagan

Hi Guys, I'm in the process of moving over from the UK to live and work in Canada. I am expecting to be arriving in the Thompson Okanagan around June next year. I am also hoping to live, for the first 12 months or so at least, on a boat (Not a houseboat!) on the Okanagan.

Is this possible? Are there marinas that allow year round residency?

Any help/advice would be welcomed. Cheers!
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Re: Liveaboard in The Okanagan

Are you talking Lake Okanagan, as in Kelowna, Penticton or Vernon, deep in the interior of BC? If so I think you'll find the water turns pretty hard in the winter. I can't imagine any year-round liveaboarding there.


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Hey Mike, Yeah... Anywhere on Lake Okanagan really. Does she actually ice up? I've been there (Usually around Kelowna) pretty much every winter for the last 10 years or so (albeit only for a couple of weeks at different times) and never actually seen ice on the lake.

I know some marina's in Ontario have 'bubblers' to keep the boats from being iced in so I suppose that may be an option...
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I lived for many years in the Kootenay valley (Cranbrook), so my winter experiences are a couple of valleys removed from the Okanagan. It is warmer there, but it's still going to be a mountain winter. The water might stay open, but I bet that's due to wind action more than warmth. People do over-winter in southern Ontario, but that's the same latitude as Northern California. The Okanagan is much further north.

I could be wrong, but I can't see wintering on board as anything more than an extreme activity. Go to Environment Canada website and pull up the historic weather data. That might tell you if it's feasible.


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Re: Liveaboard in The Okanagan

That lake doesn't USUALLY freeze over completely, but does freeze up around shore and in the bays.
It is a kind of big deep lake.
It is a little warmer in that area but still Canada, be prepared for some -20C weather, not a lot but enough that you have to be prepared.
Lived in the mountains out there for 5 years, did a lot of ice climbing and back country skiing. Personally wouldn't think of living aboard during the winter out there. Only place I can think of that would be worse in the winter is the Lower Mainland or the Island. I'd take cold and dry in Kelowna over damp and cold anyday. Froze my butt off everytime we went to Vancouver shopping. Worst place for winter I've ever been in Canada. That includes the Yukon!
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Oh ya canoed the Kootenay River once, beautiful trip, pulled out in Whiteswan Prov. Park.
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I lived for many years in the Kootenay valley (Cranbrook), so my winter experiences are a couple of valleys removed from the Okanagan. It is warmer there, but it's still going to be a mountain winter. The water might stay open, but I bet that's due to wind action more than warmth. People do over-winter in southern Ontario, but that's the same latitude as Northern California. The Okanagan is much further north.

I could be wrong, but I can't see wintering on board as anything more than an extreme activity. Go to Environment Canada website and pull up the historic weather data. That might tell you if it's feasible.?

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Mike that point of 42 north latitude is just for one island most of Ontario is north of the 44th parralel also the 42nd is the border between Cali and Oregon also rather cold in the winter there in the sierra Nevada mountains the real difference is marine weather patterns verses continental weather in Ontario. Side note how is the family doing?

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Mike that point of 42 north latitude is just for one island most of Ontario is north of the 44th parralel also the 42nd is the border between Cali and Oregon also rather cold in the winter there in the sierra Nevada mountains the real difference is marine weather patterns verses continental weather in Ontario. Side note how is the family doing?

Yeah, I'm being a bit cheeky about the California latitude and southern Ontario. But southern Ontario is much further south than the Okanagan, which is around 50 degrees. It's gonna be cold in the winter is all I'm trying to tell the op.

My wife's mother died a few months ago. We were with her at the end. It was a pretty good death. Of course this blew our cruising plans out of the water (kinda literally) for this year. But that's ok. We're working on the boat now, and planning some land cruising via motorcycles until we can get going again next spring.


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Mike I know you were being facetious in the comparison with California. I'm sorry to hear of moms passing but glad you could be there for her.
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