Before European settlers came to the Okanagan Valley, the First Nations spoke of “N’ha-a-itk”, a fierce lake monster that resided at Squally Point, 20 kilometres south of the city of Kelowna. In 1924, a little song was composed about the lake monster who was given the name, “Ogopogo”.
Over the generations, the legend gained credibility as more and more sightings were reported.
Descriptions vary, but certain characteristics have been repeated through the decades: Ogopogo is green with a snakelike body about 25 meters long. Some say its head looks like a horse, while others say that it’s reptilian or goat-like. Many even claim to have photographed Ogopogo. The pictures have always been inconclusive.
Look for our resident lake creature among the waves or simply visit the Ogopogo statue in City Park.
Is Ogopogo, the oldest resident of Okanagan Lake, a real live BC lake monster? Could he be one of those prehistoric types? Scientists believe he could be a giant sea serpent, some sort of aquatic dinosaur left over from the Ice Age, thousands of years ago!
Since there is evidence of dinosaurs in the interior British Columbia, is it possible that Okanagan Lake, which is a post glacier lake formed about 10,000 years ago with the melting of a massive ice mass, could be, or could have been, home to our very own lake monster?
There have been many sightings of the Okanagan lake monster, which date back as far as the late 1800’s! If you’ve not heard of our Lake Okanagan legend, they say that he lives somewhere near Squally Point and Rattlesnake Island near Peachland BC, but has been seen in many different areas of the lake.