Summerland Resort Blog

There’s something about the Okanagan Valley—whether it’s the spectacular scenery, incredible people, or amazing wine—that seems to inspire great art. So its little wonder that renowned BC painter Alex Fong makes his home here. Drawing inspiration from the landscape and community around him Alex’s art is vibrant, whimsical and full of life—kind of like Alex himself.

The Summerland Waterfront Resort is extremely pleased to be hosting a weekend of watercolour workshops and demonstrations by Alex Fong from August 8th to 10th. Artists of all skill levels are welcome to register.

Watercolour Demonstration | Friday, August 8

6:30pm – 9:30pm
Sip Okanagan wine and munch on cheese and fruit as you watch Alex Fong paint original watercolours before your eyes.
$35 per person (or included with cost of workshop)

Watercolour Workshop | Sat & Sun August 9 & 10
Daily from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Take your artistry to the next level with this very special workshop weekend. Take part in two full days of demos and one-on-one instruction from Alex in watercolour and acrylic painting techniques.
$300 per person. Includes all 3 days.

Click here to Register

Even if you’re new to watercolour, these workshops are a great opportunity to discover this richly rewarding art from with instruction from a true master. Born in Vancouver in 1956, Alex’s experiments with watercolour began after a course of study in interior design. From there, he developed and refined his style, which began in a traditional oriental vein and evolved into a kind of impressionistic, kaliediscopic approach. His recent work reflects what he calls a “blend of contemporary, oriental and impressionistic influences” conveying “a bouquet of wonder and whimsy”.

Alex’s watercolours have been exhibited across North America for nearly 30 years and his work is featured in both private and corporate collections throughout the continent.

We look forward to seeing you here at Summerland Waterfront Resort for these very special engagements.
posted by: Summerland Resort on: July 22, 2014 12:20:56 PM
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Things to do, Summer
You won’t have to wander far from the Summerland Waterfront Resort to make the most of your Okanagan vacation this summer. Our resort is pleased to offer a wide variety of onsite events and activities for the whole family to enjoy, including:

Lakefront Campfires | Wednesday & Saturday evenings 8-10 pm
Gather ‘round the fire pit with your family for evening of sing-alongs, storytelling and s’mores as the sun goes down on our beautiful Lake Okanakan beach. 

Yoga, Pilates and Spin Classes 
Just a 5-minute walk from our resort, Lakeshore Fitness offers classes in yoga, pilates, spin, and more, all on the scenic shores of Lake Okanagan. SWR guests receive 20% off all classes. View Lakeshore’s classes here and contact Susie at 778-516-0021 to register. 
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Workouts and Lessons 
Also offered through Lakeshore fitness are classes on stand-up paddleboarding, one of the easiest to learn and most rewarding watersports to try on Lake Okanagan. 
Welcome Wine Receptions | Every Friday from 4-6 pm
You’ll want to be here every Wednesday, when our resort is visited by representatives of the nearby bottleneck drive wineries who come to pour glasses of their showcase varietals. Start your Okanagan vacation right sipping the area's amazing wines 

Full-Day SWR Kids Club Activities
There’s never a dull moment for young ones at SWR. Your kids will experience a world of fun and learning with morning nature walks, wetland experiences (fishing & other explorations), sand-castle building activities, games, trips to the waterpark and afternoon art experiences. For more information on kids activities, please contact our resort
For a complete list of what’s happening day-by-day at SWR over the coming months, have a look at our summer events calendar. We look forward to being your Okanagan vacation destination this summer!
Absorb the artistic spirit and get in touch with your creative side at special music and arts events happening at Summerland Waterfront Resort this summer. 

Sweet Sounds of Aidan & Mandy | Friday, July 04, 3-5 pm & Friday, August 15, 3-5 pm

Aidan & Mandy’s music possesses a feel-good vibe to leave you rejuvenated and inspired. With a striking sound of haunting harmonies and playful guitar, this female rock-folk-pop duo can only be described as sensational.

Frolicking Fiddlers | Friday, July 11, 7-9 pm
Gather around the fire pit on the lakefront for a family-oriented evening of traditional Celtic and Eastern Canadian tunes.

Allison Altherr | Friday July 18, 8-10 pm & Friday, August 8, 8-10pm
This amazing solo acoustic performer sings for the SWR. Relaxed, earthy and warm, Allison's vocal style is influenced by blues, western swing, Latin, traditional jazz, and grounded by her country roots.

Jam Camp Society Facilitators | Friday, August 1, 7-9 pm & August 29, 7-9pm
Bobby Bovenzi will lead an evening family-oriented campfire session of sing-along folk, kids and world music. Percussion instruments will be handed out to those who join to create a rhythm circle. Song sheets will be distributed also for you to join in the fun!

Alex Fong
Art Exhibit | August 4-15

Alex Fong’s delightful works will be featured at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa.

Alex Fong
Artist Workshop | August 8-10

Alex Fong returns to the Summerland Resort for his annual summer artist workshop. The workshop kicks off with a Friday evening wine and cheese demonstration followed by two days of instruction with wine lunches. Register Now!

Easy Fix Duet| Saturday, August 09 7-9 pm

Tom Van Unen & Dana Barnes bring energy to the SWR Beach Fire.  Drawing from a huge catalogue of music, Easy Fix enjoys entertaining our audiences by performing popular covers from classic rock, top 40, 80's rock/pop, Motown, funk and country.
For more information on these events, feel free to contact our resort. We look forward to seeing you here this summer.
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. 
posted by: Summerland Resort on: May 29, 2014 3:41:48 PM
There’s no doubt that the Okanagan Valley is one of the best spots in BC to hit the water, but for those who prefer to have their summer fun on solid ground, the area offers its fair share of inland adventures. 
When you stay with Summerland Waterfront Resort for your Okanagan vacation, you’ll have more than just the lake at your doorstep. Our resort is within minutes of dozens of top attractions for visitors who prefer to admire the water from a dry distance.
Travelling down the only preserved section of a historic railway that winds through some of the Okanagan’s most spectacular scenery, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway will transport you into a long-past era. You’ll take the journey on a resorted 1912 steam locomotive, with lively commentary and theatrical performance from a knowledgeable and talented crew of guides and players. It’s an educational experience for kids and lot a fun for the whole family. 
Don’t be afraid to get dirty! An ATV tour is one of the most exciting and exclusive ways to explore the picturesque Okanagan countryside and wildernesses. Okanagan ATV tours offers a variety of excursions for all confidence levels, whether you want to cruise gently along scenic paths or rip through backcountry trails. 
Earning rave reviews from practically everyone who’s tried it, the zipline adventures at zip zone offer an experience of the Okanagan that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Soar at high speed, hundreds of feet above the ground, across canyons and gorges. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe, and incredibly thrilling!
For more ideas on how to make the most of your Okanagan vacation, stay tuned to our Summerland Waterfront Resort blog. We look forward to providing you and your family with full-service resort accommodations on the shores of Lake Okanagan this summer!



We have a fun-filled line up of activities to discover and delight all ages.

From beach yoga to our popular "Meet the Artist" sessions and "Wandering Wonderers Kids Camp" to Cinema Sundays, there is always something going on in July and August to keep your schedule as busy as you like.

Click to check out the program



NEW!  We are very excited about our newest addition at the Resort - Wine Wednesdays Each Wednesday a local Bottleneck Drive Winery will be showcased and pouring their best. Explore the varietals and choose a new favourite without leaving the Resort!



Wine & All Things Fine

The ultimate package for that special occasion, or just because.  Package includes:

  • two nights stay
  • two spa treatments
  • $50 dinner voucher
  • Sumac Ridge Estate Winery Tour & Tasting
  • bottle of red or white

From $555 (2 adults, 2 nights)

Click here for more information

We have Wine Tour Packages & Golf Packages too.

Coming Soon...

The Okanagan Valley is busy with exciting events and first class festivals this summer.

July 07Valley First Axel Merckx GranFondo — 160 km bike race
August 7–1166th Annual Peach Fest, Penticton
August 25Challenge Penticton (formerly Ironman)

What's in Season?

Cherries — July 15-Aug 15
Apricots — July 28 - Aug 10
Peaches — August 5 - Sept 6
Plums — August 1 - Sept 28
Pears — August 25 - Oct 15
Prunes — Aug 25 - Sept 10

Be sure to visit Dickinson Family Farm for the best of the season.


Bring on the sun

Envision yourself stretched out on a lounge chair poolside, or perhaps enjoying the spray of water from your wakeboard. You are likely smiling, relaxing and relishing the moment – it's even better when you get a great deal on your hotel.

Bring on the sun sale

SUMMERLand's Bring on the sun Sale

May 09 to June 27, 2013, all days
One Bedroom Suite Bluff View–$169
(reg $209) + $30 for lake view or poolside
Two Bedroom Suite Bluff View–$219
(reg $269) + $30 for lake view or poolside

valid: all days of the week.  Not available May 17-19, May 31, June 1, June 21 & June 22

June 28 to Sept 1 2013, midweek
One Bedroom Suite Bluff View–$239
(reg $289) + $30 for lake view or poolside
Two Bedroom Suite Bluff View–$289
(reg $349) + $40 for lake view or poolside

Valid: Sunday to Wednesday (not available June 30, July 07, July 21, July 22, Aug 04 & Aug 11)


10 day sale only!  Expires May 19, 2013 9 pm

Call us direct 877.494.8111 or click above button to book online.


Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is proud to announce the opening of "Sweet Tooth Bistro" in May 2013.  The Sweet Tooth BistroSweet Tooth Bistro at the Resort will be a sister location to the popular Sweet Tooth Cafe in downtown Summerland.

With comments on TripAdvisor like - "Yummy! Very tasty. I frequent the Sweet Tooth and have never been disappointed! Staff are very friendly too" - you can see why we are excited about them setting up shop at the Summerland Resort.

You can except a variety of ice creams, sorbets, smoothies, light snacks, breakfast items, lunch specials, soups, salads, beer, wine and specialty coffees.  They are well known for excellent cheesecakes and cinnamon buns too!  Yum!

 The Sweet Tooth Bistro will be open 7 am - 3pm  from May 15 to October 15. During the summer months of July and August they will be open 7 am - 7 pm.




posted by: Summerland Resort on: March 27, 2013 9:49:20 PM
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Summer, Weddings
Take a minute to picture this: azure skies, golden sand, white lace blowing softly in the ocean breeze. A sun-kissed bride and groom embrace as gentle waves lap at their feet. It sounds like the picture perfect wedding ceremony, the stuff of magazines and daydreams. It also sounds like something destined for a tropical locale far from our rugged northern climes. But, in fact, here on Lake Okanagan in Summerland, BC, our beaches are just as idyllic, just as breathtaking, and just as magical as the ones you’ll find down south. At the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa, we can help you plan a beachfront Okanagan wedding that will be as gorgeous as anything your imagination can create—without the hefty travel expenses.

From our lush lavender-lined lawns to the stately elegance of our Waterfront Ballroom, our resort offers a charming and well equipped wedding venue, suited to ceremonies big and small. Our experienced wedding coordinator, gourmet catering and exceptional service staff work closely with you to ensure that your Summerland Resort wedding will match your dreams, with no stress.
The bride, groom and entire wedding party can enjoy luxury Okanagan accommodations among our 114 suites with fireplaces, balconies, most with  lakefront views. Guests can pamper themselves at Beyond Wrapture Body & Soul Day Spa, enjoy fantastic on-site cuisine at Local Lounge • Grille or cruise the lake with SWR Boat Rentals.

So skip the airfare and have your beachfront wedding right here in beautiful BC, where you can keep the family together and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa specializes in all inclusive wedding celebrations for up to 100 people, as well as elopement packages and Wine Wednesday theme weddings.  To start planning your Summerland wedding, send us an inquiry or contact Lisa, our Group Sales Manager at 250-494-8180.

Here’s an opportunity for athletes, their families, and anyone who simply wants to watch, to step into history... twice!  History will be made on Sunday, August 25 of this year when Challenge Penticton kicks off a unique event:  the only Challenge Family race in Canada, and the first ever Challenge event in North America.


What is a Challenge Family event, you might ask.  Challenge Roth started Challenge events by featuring a long distance or iron distance triathlon in Germany ten years go. Roth annually boasts over 5000 participants, making it the world’s largest iron distance triathlon.  Challenge Family events now occur around the world in venues such as Barcelona, Vichy, Copenhagen, Henley-on-Thames, and will this year offer its first long distance race in Asia as well as Penticton.


The Penticton course replaces its previous Ironman event, which, incidentally, is older than the local Ironman race. Due to its popularity with athletes and spectators alike, the course of the Penticton Challenge will be followed again. Everyone moving along this beautiful, exciting course will be stepping into history on the third oldest long-course triathlon in the world and the oldest race in North America.  A bonus this year is that

Challenge Penticton is for the first time inviting participation by relay teams.


Participants of all ages are sure to be inspired as they race alongside, or perhaps a little behind, world class triathlon champions including Macca, that’s Chris McCormack who has won more iron-distance races (12) than any other male. No wonder, ESPN named him the World’s Fittest Man.  Lothar Leder has won Challenge Roth no less than five times.  Australian Belinda Granger has finished over forty long-distance races.  Not intimidated by these international athletes are locals Janelle Morrison, who races competitively at the University of Alberta, and Jeff Symonds, named by Triathlon Magazine Canada as their 2011 triathlete of the year.  Just think how proud you will be when your name is added to the list, making you a part of history.


Visitors to Penticton will mingle with thousands of others racing or enjoying a week long festival. If too much pandemonium occurs, you will be glad you decided to chill out in the quiet seclusion of the Summerland Waterfront Resort. Our spectacular resort setting on the shores of beautiful Okanagan Lake is only ten minutes from Penticton. 


When you book your stay with us, you will be stepping into history for the second time, since our resort is Summerland’s newest addition.  Our establishment offers more than the casual visitor expects.  Our amenities are numerous and second to none, as a quick look through this website will verify. Both racing and non-racing guests alike are invited to check out our superb exercise facilities and our pool and hot tub. Judging from the number of guests who want to stay before, during or after Challenge Penticton, we urge you to book early.  Remember to ask for our special rates.  Thank you, and welcome to a historic inaugural event and a fantastic resort hotel you will never forget!


Youtube link for Penticton Challenge Registration: