Do you find yourself liking all your friend's photos from incredible beach trips where they ride wave after wave? Well, now it is your shot. No, we aren't suggesting you need to dust off your passport. But explore a spot closer to home. For all of you wishing you were in Hawaii this summer, you should catch waves at this bright blue B.C. lake instead.

You don't need palm trees to embrace a tropical state of mind. Instead, all it takes is a fun road trip to Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park.

Did you know that at this park in North Okanagan, you can learn how to wake surf? The turquoise swimming hole is a popular location for people who love thrilling water sports. 

You might be wondering, what is wake surfing? It is similar to surfing in the ocean, but a powerboat makes the waves. 

Sure, you might not be able to look like a pro-surfer after one weekend. But it is a fun way to spend a sunny afternoon in the summer.

Plus, it would help you to feel more comfortable surfing once you finally visit Hawaii. We also love that at this B.C. lake; you don't have to worry about sharks like you would in the ocean.

Getting started isn't as expensive as you might think. There are places in the area that rent everything you need by the hour.

While at Kalamalka Lake, there are other more low-key things to do too. It is a peaceful spot to break out your paddleboard or go for a swim.

Within the lake, you'll find multiple well-marked swimming areas like Cosens Beach or Juniper Bay that will take your breath away. The water is so bright turquoise; it is hard to believe it is in B.C.

Ready to catch a wave? Go ahead and put Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park into your car's GPS and give it a try. Even if you aren't a surfer, the water here is so stunning you have to check it out and cheer on the wave-lovers from the beach.

Kalamalka Lake

Address: Kalamalka Lake Provincial Park, Vernon, BC

Why You Need To Go: You can feel like your on a surfing vacation in Hawaii.

We strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.