The Okanagan is a region full of fresh water lakes, rolling hills, grasslands, mountains, forests, the largest wine region in the country and Canada’s only desert terrain.
The 180km-long Okanagan Valley is home to orchards of peaches and apricots, and scores of excellent wineries whose vines spread across the terraced hills, soaking up some of Canada‘s sunniest weather. The valley has provided a summertime escape for generations of Canadians, who frolic in the string of lakes linking the Okanagan’s towns.
Osoyoos, near the US border, is almost arid, but things become greener heading north. Central Kelowna is a fast-growing city that’s a heady mix of lakeside beauty and fun.
In July and August the entire valley is as overburdened as a grapevine before harvest; the best times to visit are late spring and early fall, when the crowds lessen. Snowy winters also make nearby Big White resort an attraction for skiers and snowboarders.
With a constant backdrop of the Cascade, Coastal and Monashee Mountains, the Central Okanagan and its communities of Peachland, West Kelowna, Kelowna and Lake Country is truly ripe for exploring.
Watch as the landscape changes from Summerland and Naramata, through Penticton and Okanagan Falls and on to Oliver and Osoyoos. Cities and towns hug the lakes here with lush green orchards and vineyards beyond.
Travel through BC’s North Okanagan and Shuswap Region and Visit Vernon, Salmon Arm and Sicamous and uncover their charms. There are great road trip loops you can venture off on from here.
Here’s some more info to help you plan your visit or move to the Okanagan.