Summerland, BC and the Okanagan Valley, BC
Summerland is a quaint town of 11,000 people in the centre of the Okanagan, British Columbia. Kelowna, BC is 45 minutes north and Penticton, BC is 15 minutes south. Summerland consists of two areas – the waterfront on Lakeshore Drive where Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is located and the upper bench where the village of Summerland, BC is located.
Top attractions include the wineries of Bottleneck Drive, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, the Nixdorf Classic Car Museum, Ornamental Gardens and Agriculture Canada Research Centre, Vinegar Works at Valentine’s Farm, Summerland Sweets, Giant’s Head Mountain, Summerland yacht club, Summerland golf course, and the eclectic shops and restaurants of the unique town centre and the studios of the many local artisans and craftspeople.
Summerland, BC boasts a 4-season climate–and each season offers its own unique experience to visitors! Our early and mild spring allows those who enjoy hiking and biking to soak in the outdoors without the heat of the summer weather. For the agricultural lovers, be sure to check out the variety of orchard blossoms that bloom throughout the spring! When summer hits, tourists flock to the many beaches that Summerland has to offer. Local fruit can be bought at the various fruit stands throughout the town and can even be picked by you at “u-pick” farms. Autumn brings with it not only brisker days and changing leaves, but the Summerland Fall Fair, the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival and apple harvesting as well. When winter rolls around, skiing at any of the nearby world-class ski hills is a must. Other popular winter activities include snow shoeing, ice fishing and snow-mobiling. Summerland truly is a town of all seasons!
The Summerland Visitor Information Centre provides the following services.
- Visitor guides
- Maps and accommodation information for Summerland, the Okanagan Valley and locations around British Columbia and Canada
- Internet access
- BC Parks Passes
- Hello BC Accommodation Reservations
- Complementary bottled water
- Picnic tables and a garden
- Friendly, helpful staff
The Visitor Centre is open all year long. The hours from October to May are 10-5 Monday to Friday.
May long weekend until Thanksgiving the Visitor Centre is open 7 Days a week from 9-6.
Thompson Okanagan Tourism & Visitor Services – www.thompsonokanagan.com
Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Kelowna
Penticton, BC, located 15 minutes south of Summerland, takes full advantage of its dual lake fronts The south end of town (with its go-cart tracks, amusement centres, miniature golf courses, water slides, and RV parks) touches the north shore of Skaha Lake. The north end of town sidles along the southern tip of 70-mile-long (113-km) Lake Okanagan. Visit the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, operated by the National Research Council, which draws astronomers from around the world. It’s open to the public during daylight hours, and tours are available Sunday afternoons. Penticton boasts a very colourful community of artists and craftspeople. Dining options abound in the city centre as well as lake front restaurants such as the Hooded Merganser. Penticton, BC is most popular for its annual Subaru Ironman Challenge and Peachfest.
Okanagan Falls, British Columbia is a charming town best visited for its tasty pleasures: it’s home to the increasingly famous chocolate factory Snowy Mountain Chocolate; the largest ice-cream cone seller in the valley, Tickleberry’s; the world-famous fruit-snack producer, Okanagan Dried Fruit; and two prestigious wineries, Wild Goose Vineyards and LeComte Estate Winery. Samples of all these treats await you – enjoy.
Kelowna, BC, on the east side of Lake Okanagan, is the largest and liveliest of the Okanagan cities, with some noisy nightlife, a bit of culture (an art museum and summer theatre), a range of continental and ethnic restaurants, a big regatta in July, and an interesting historical preserve at Father Pandosy’s Mission. Kelowna even has its own version of the Loch Ness monster: Ogopogo. Keep a lookout for him (her?) while supping on the gaily decked-out paddle wheeler Fintry Queen or touring aboard the Okanagan Princess.
Oliver, BC is located near the south end of the Okanagan Valley, in south-central British Columbia. 40 kilometres south of Summerland and 25 km north of the USA border, Oliver sits in the only desert area of Canada. Oliver is an ideal setting for growing Okanagan wine grapes and producing among the best rated wines in the world. Many popular wineries are located in Oliver, BC
Osoyoos, BC is located 1 hour drive south of Summerland, BC. The town of Osoyoos, BC is located in the south central interior of British Columbia, approximately 400 Km east of Vancouver at the junction of Highways 97 and 3 on the border of Washington State. The town of Osoyoos straddles Skaha Lake and Osoyoos Lake. The Osoyoos Indian Band resides adjacent to the town and has a thriving winery at N’Kmip Wines.
About the Okanagan, British Columbia
The Okanagan Valley is almost dry enough to warrant being called a desert, and some areas such as Oliver and Osoyoos, BC do carry this claim. After even one visit to this spectacularly diverse area, you’ll understand why superlatives are constantly used to describe it. Beloved by thousands of visitors and inhabitants alike for the unparalleled variety of its climate and landscape, the Okanagan Valley has something for everyone: hoodoos, orchards, vineyards, mountains, valleys, lakes, highlands, ski slopes, and trails. This is truly one of the most desirable locales in British Columbia for year-round outdoor fun.
Starting in the south, near the US border, you’ll find spectacular back country with the remains of old mining settlements dotting the highway. After you pass through the arid Osoyoos< BC and Oliver regions and head north up the valley, you will encounter orchards and vineyards, evidence of some of the best fruit- and vegetable-growing land in the world.
The Okanagan’s open terrain makes for ideal hiking and backpacking, with little or no bushwhacking required. The parks in the Okanagan offer remoteness, breathtaking landscapes, and challenging outdoor adventure.