Okanagan Lake Book

For a pledge of CA $100 or more, publicity would include being recognized on the “Sponsors” page at the front of the book.
My name is Raphael, and I graduated from UBC Okanagan with a Major in Freshwater Science, last year. For several years, I have been working on writing a comprehensive book on the scientific and historical aspects of Okanagan Lake. The design and layout phase is complete, and I am preparing to raise funds to assist in covering the printing costs, which are rather high due to the full-colour design.

As a short background, this will be the first book ever written exclusively about the lake, and will feature a comprehensive investigation of the associated science and history. Chapters are dedicated to different perspectives such as the geologic and anthropogenic history, biology, and environmental issues, and history surrounding lake transportation. In addition, a large focus of the book draws on personal underwater research that I have conducted since 2005. These expeditions have regularly uncovered new information about the science and history of Okanagan Lake, and much of this has been of interest to local professionals. A key component of this book are the many underwater images and bathymetric maps, providing a holistic view into the above and underwater concepts of Okanagan Lake.

It is my desire to educate and inspire those reading this book to develop a higher respect and appreciation for our valuable Okanagan Lake. The lake has played such an integral role in the development of the Okanagan Valley, and beginning in the 19th century, became home to an ever growing population that relied on the lake for transportation, industry, and recreation. For those interested in local history, this book will portray many of our interactions and impact on the lake.

I am currently seeking public sponsorships to assist in making the publication a reality, and need your support. The manuscript is 100% complete, and the design/layout stage is 100% complete. The completed book will be around 272 pages in length, with full-colour illustrations. Unfortunately, printing costs for full-colour books are rather high, and this is where I need your support! Right now, the next step in this project is to secure fundraising to help cover the printing expenses.

If you feel that this is a project worth supporting, please check out my "campaign" on gofundme or website at www.ifur.ca/book. Thank you very much in advance for considering backing this milestone project.  

For a pledge of CA $100 or more, publicity would include being recognized on the “Sponsors” page at the front of the book. If you would like to be publically recognized on the "Sponsors" page, please be sure to contact me via email and avoid pledging anonymously. If you would prefer your business/organization name to be recognized in the book, please be sure to add that to the information! 

Any financial support that you could provide would be greatly appreciated.

Public Press Releases:




  • Cathy Richards 
    • $10 
    • 40 mos
  • Willis Yuen 
    • $50 
    • 40 mos
  • Coby and Barry Loewen 
    • $200 
    • 40 mos
  • Mike Bredlaw 
    • $25 
    • 40 mos
  • Karen Gretzinger 
    • $100 
    • 41 mos
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Raphael Nowak 
Kelowna, BC
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