The 180 kilometre long Okanagan Valley stretches from Vernon in the North to Osoyoos in the south, almost on the US border. A series of lakes are flanked by rolling hills and here you will find some handsome scenery and a range of both water and land based activities. Protected by mountain ranges on both sides the region also boasts a favourable climate that is ideal for fruit growing; throughout summer numerous roadside stands are overflowing with peaches, apples, cherries, pears and plums. However, the region is perhaps best known for its wine production, with over 200 vineyards littering the hillsides and endless vines tumbling down to the waterfront. The difference in climatic conditions between the north and south means that a wide range of grape varietals are grown and for anyone interested in sampling some of Canada’s finest wines this is the perfect place to start. Whether it be a quirky, boutique two-man band, or a slick, nationally renowned outfit most vineyards have open cellar doors for tasting and there are a number of options for tours if you’d prefer not to drive.
There are a number of different places to stay here – from the busy but well serviced city of Kelowna to the quieter towns of Naramata and Osoyoos and the region can be easily explored from any of these bases.