Summerland Resort Blog

posted by: Summerland Resort on: November 30, 2014 7:18:11 PM
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Family Travel, Things to do

 Location is everything, but it can be difficult finding the right location for your getaway. If you’ve ever had troubles finding a walkable, friendly town that fits in your favourite activities nearby, check out Summerland. Summerland is surrounded by nature, nestled in between the slopes of Giant’s Head Mountain and the shores of the Okanagan Lake, and offers a full suite of recreational activities year-round. From watersports to mountain-biking, fine dining and vineyard tours, Summerland ticks a lot of boxes on the vacation wish-list.

If you’re big on beaches, there’s more than enough sand for everyone. Or get out on Okanagan Lake for jet skiing, motor boating, kayaking, swimming, and fishing. Then, hike up Giant’s Head Mountain for a natural view no high-rise can offer. As well as a vast network of hiking trails, there are also plenty of mountain biking trails for those looking to ride across historic train trestles. Summerland is also home to two excellent golf courses, including an 18-hole championship course and one of the highest-rated 9-hole courses in Canada. Numerous horseback riding ranches are nearby and offer day trips.

With the exercise out of the way, head to the Bottleneck Drive wine trail, where you can visit 13 unique wineries. If you’re planning on visiting a few, you might want to consider joining a tour where local wine experts will chauffeur you between estates. Collect the stamps from each of the 13 wineries and you’ll be entered to win a case of local wine! Once your tour is over, visit one of the local artisan coffee houses for a cappuccino, then settle down to a meal at one of the waterfront easy-going dining options, many serving local ingredients and wines.

Yes, location is everything, and Summerland is easy to get to. Just 15 minutes north of Penticton and 45 minutes south of Kelowna, it’s a short, scenic drive from Vancouver and Seattle. Or, take a plane from select airports to either the Penticton or Kelowna airports. Visit our Location page for detailed directions, and be sure to visit us at our waterfront resort for luxury accommodations and close proximity to all Summerland has to offer. We look forward to seeing you!

posted by: Summerland Resort on: August 27, 2014 9:59:02 AM
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Family Travel, Promotions
 The Okanagan Valley is blessed with some incredible natural features that make it the envy of the rest of the country.  The valley receives an extraordinary amount of sunshine and mild winters, possesses beautiful mountain scenery and offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation including water sports, skiing, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, fishing, boating and of course all things relating to locally grown food and wine.  And it’s only four hours from the cosmopolitan urban centre of Vancouver.  If you’ve spent time in the Okanagan Valley you’ll know intimately just why it has a countrywide reputation as one of the top travel destinations in Canada.

One unique feature of the valley is its plethora of lakes that run from south to north from Osoyoos to Vernon, the largest of which is Lake Okanagan.  For generations, people have flocked to Lake Okanagan’s shores for its amazing boating, fishing, swimming and recreational opportunities.  In fact, if you’re reading this, you may have just enjoyed some of these great recreational opportunities on the shores of Lake Okanagan at the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa! 

Own a piece of paradise here at the Summerland Waterfront Resort

If you enjoyed your stay at our resort and can see the obvious merits of the Valley as a continuing destination for year round outdoor recreation, we have an opportunity for you to own a little piece of this paradise: you can purchase a suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort.  Owning a suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort means you will become an owner of one of the last available waterfront properties on Lake Okanagan.  If you’re looking for a great vacation home or a solid investment, or both, we encourage you to consider joining our group of 115 owners.

How it Works

Each suite at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is individually owned.  As the investor, you purchase one of the suites (which come in a studio, one bedroom and two bedroom configuration) and then have the choice to participate in the “managed pool rental program” which professionally manages the renting of your suite to vacationers all year long, generating a stream of investment income! 

Summerland Waterfront Resort with great views

Summerland Waterfront Resort room amenities

Of course, as the owner you have the option of using your suite for personal use anytime of the year.  Not only do you gain a solid investment in one of the most buoyant markets in the country, you also gain a great year round lakefront vacation space in beautiful Summerland BC.  As an additional perk, you’ll receive an exclusive membership in the Resort to Resort program, which allows you to exchange use of your rental property for other sought after resort hotels in Mexico, the U.S and Canada.

As a guest you’ve become intimately acquainted with what our resort has to offer: beautiful suites offering full kitchens, fireplaces, deep soaker tubs and memory foam mattresses set in a stunning natural setting close to the quaint Okanagan town of Summerland.  If you can see the potential benefits of owning your own slice of paradise, whether for personal use, as an investment or both, then contact Tom Matthews at 250.490.1482 or email him here.  Tom will be happy to provide you with further information about this exciting real estate opportunity in the heart of Canada’s sunny Okanagan Valley at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa.
Nurture your child’s creative talents this summer by registering them in a Summer Arts Program with the Summerland Community Arts Council. Whether your little one is an aspiring actor, writer, painter or still looking to discover that special artistic talent, these fun and engaging programs present a great opportunity to make new friends and learn new things.

The programs also offer the perfect opportunity for mom and dad to take a much-needed summer vacation in beautiful Summerland, BC, the heart of Okanagan Wine Country. While the kids are busy with their artistic endeavors, mom and dad sip wine at Bottleneck Drive Wineries, cruise Lake Okanagan on a paddleboard or take to the skies on a zip line!

Nine different summer arts programs cater to a variety of age groups, from pre-school to teens.

Fun with a Pocket Knife (ages 9 and up) | July 7 – 11

Music & Movement (ages 3 – 5) | July 14 – 18

Play & Puppetry (ages 3 – 5) | July 21 – 25

Wild About Writing (ages 8 – 12) | July 28 – Aug 1

Space Junk (ages 7 and up) | July 28 – Aug 1

Messy & Marvelous (ages 3 – 5) | Aug 5 – 8

Once Upon a Time! (ages 3 – 5) | Aug 11 – 15

Drawing & Painting (ages 10 and up) | Aug 11 – 15

Broadway Bound (ages 7 – 12) | August 11 – 15

For full program information, view the registration brochure here. Registration cost, which includes all supplies, ranges between $50 and $125 per child. To register or learn more about the programs, contact the Summerland Arts Council at 250-494-4494

If you’re planning a family trip to Summerland this summer, Summerland Waterfront Resort would be delighted to provide your family and with relaxing beachfront accommodations complete with onsite dining, spa services and boat rentals. 

Snow Birds love Summerland. And we aren’t just talking about the winged creatures that call our region home or the team of air force stunt planes that soar across Okanagan skies during Peach Fest. By “snow birds”, we mean those folks who have earned an extended wintertime vacation. Their getaway might be for a few weeks or a few months but the important thing is that it offers an extended escape to a place where they can relax and enjoy the finer things in life.

Now, in most cases, snow birds seek a destination somewhere southerly, where temperatures are in the 30s and margaritas are served on the beach. But we argue that there is no better place for the snow bird to retreat to than right here in the beautiful British Columbia Okanagan, where mild winter weather, world-class outdoor recreation, breathtaking scenery and amazing food and wine attract thousands of visitors every winter.

Here at Summerland Waterfront Resort, we couldn’t be better equipped to host snow birds in the utmost comfort. Our variety of spacious suites will put you in the lap of luxury while making you feel right at home. Choose from Deluxe Studio Suites, One Bedroom Suites and Two Bedroom Suites with picturesque bluff views or lake views. In every elegantly appointed suite, you’ll find a wide range of convenient amenities including a full kitchen with state of the art appliances and amenities.

Onsite at Summerland Waterfront Resort, you can indulge in a lavish massage therapy and beauty treatments at our spa, dine in style at Local Lounge • Grille, breathe deep of the winter air in our outdoor hot tub, and join other guests for regional wine tours and sightseeing.

If wine is your fancy, there’s no better place to stay. Just a few minutes from our resort you’ll find the world-renowned Bottleneck Drive Wineries, who offer tours, tastings and much more for both the casual wine lover and the connoisseur alike.

To get started planning your snow bird getaway at Summerland Waterfront Resort, give us a call today. We would be happy to put together an extended-stay accommodation package that uniquely suits your individual desires and budget.    

posted by: Summerland Resort on: November 29, 2013 2:48:36 PM
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Promotions, Spa, Family Travel
As fun as the holiday season is, there’s no denying that it’s a hectic time. Rushing from store to store, entertaining family, keeping the kids happy—it can be exhausting! So when it’s all over, what could be better than having the time to truly relax, without a care or worry in the world?

This holiday season give your loved one the gift of time at Summerland Waterfront Resort. A vacation at SWR is the perfect opportunity to rejuvenate and recharge in a serene setting free from the stresses of everyday life.

Giving the gift of time at Summerland Waterfront Resort is easy—you’ll get all your shopping done with just a few clicks! Simply choose the denomination and tell us how you would like it delivered: we can email directly to the recipient, email it to you to print at home, or send a physical gift card to you via Purolator. 

The recipient can redeem their SWR gift card any time they want. Our location on the waterfront of Lake Okanagan is as beautiful in the winter as it is in the summer, so whether they choose to come in January or June, they can look forward to an unforgettable vacation experience. 

A typical day at SWR might start with a luxurious vinotherapy massage and facial at our Beyond Wrapture Day Spa. From there, you could embark on a tour of the many Okanagan wineries within minutes of our property. When the sun sets, join your special someone for a candlelight dinner at our onsite Local Lounge • Grille. Then, perhaps, it’s time to retire to your spacious suite and uncork a bottle of the Okanagan’s finest…Every day at Summerland Waterfront Resort holds endless possibilities.

If you have any questions about our gift cards or vacation options, please don’t hesitate to contact our Assistant General Manager Jason Brown at

At Summerland Resort, we strive to make our resort a place where families can spend an unforgettable beachfront vacation. This means providing a range of fun amenities geared towards both kids and parents alike. Our outdoor pool, barbeques, bistro and onsite spa are enticing features for families looking to relax and enjoy time together in the beautiful Okanagan.
But apart from what you’ll find inside our property, an important benefit of choosing Summerland Resort for your family vacation is our proximity to attractions within walking or biking distance. It means the kids always have somewhere to explore and you can make the eco-friendly choice by leaving your car behind at the resort.
Although Summerland has its own exclusive private beach for guests to enjoy, you will find some gorgeous stretches of Okanagan lake beach as you walk north along Lakeshore Drive. But before you go anywhere, why not walk next door to Local Lounge and Grille for locally sourced cuisine and unique cocktails?
Maybe you’d like to take to the waters of Lake Okanagan on a kayak, canoe or 25 ft. pontoon boat. SWR Boat Rentals, located onsite, has you covered with a variety of rental options for all needs and budgets.
Take a two-minute walk up Lakeshore Drive and you’ll find yourself at the Summerland Trout Hatchery, the oldest continuously operating trout hatchery in the province. At the hatchery’s visors centre, guests are taken on a guided tour with fun activities for kids.
A little further from our hotel, around a 35-minute walk or 15-minute bike ride is the Vintage Auto Showroom of Nixdorf Classic Cars which features an exhibit of over 50 immaculately resorted vehicles from decades past. 
Last but not least, we are surrounded by wineries and vineyards some of which, like Okanagan Crush Pad Winery, can be reached in less than 30 minutes on foot.
We look forward to welcoming you and your family to Summerland Resort where the ultimate Okanagan Lake vacation experience is at your fingertips. 

From the Wild West to the Great Canadian North, railroads are the centerpieces of legends and the records of some momentous chapters in history. In Summerland, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway brings legends to life and history to the present as it invites you to hop aboard a 1912 steam locomotive for a journey through the picturesque Okanagan countryside.


10 km of the century-old and nearly forgotten Kettle Valley Railway provides track for the magnificently restored “No. 3716” locomotive, winding through a sublime landscape of orchards, vineyard and rolling hills. Every detail of the awe-inspiring steam-powered machine is meticulously maintained by a devoted crew who operate it not for profit, but for the love of this essential piece of our heritage.

The 90-minute journey begins at the Prairie Valley Station, 6 km west of Highway 97 in Summerland. Travelling through the Prairie Valley, passengers are regaled with historical narration, live music and fun games for kids. Crossing Trout Creek Bridge—once ranked among the highest in North America— offers passengers a breathtaking view of Okanagan Lake and the canyon below.


Regular departures operate during the spring and summer and special departures take place throughout the year. The upcoming Easter Train on Saturday, March 30 will mark the first departure of 2013. A hit with kids, this ride features live music and a special appearance from the Easter Bunny who will be hopping through the coaches, greeting passengers and handing out treats to the kids.

For an even more vivid and fun glimpse into a bygone era, you can take a trip on the Great Train Robbery tour, which operates weekly during the summer. This immersive historical experience combines a locomotive ride with a lighthearted reenactment of an old-fashioned railroad stick-up by the Garnett Valley Gang performers. Once it’s all over, you’ll be treated to a BBQ buffet fit for a king. And, of course, any cash that you hand over to the bandits will be donated to charity!


The Kettle Valley Steam Railway is just a 15-minute drive from our Summerland Waterfront Resort Hotel and Spa, making it a hugely popular attraction with our guests and one that we hope you will enjoy as much as we have.