Nestled in the heart of the South Okanagan, Penticton is one of only two cities in the world situated between two lakes. Long stretches of sandy beach, surrounded by vineyards, orchards and gently sloping mountains that offer a wide variety of culinary and outdoor adventure opportunities for the whole family.
When you visited the South Okanagan with warm sun on your skin, hot sand on your feet, you raced to the soothing relief of the lake. Giggling as the waves rippled around. Was it this beach where you first froze your brain slurping a milkshake with the tastiest fries ever?
Birds chirping as you hiked marshy boardwalks or pristine pathways in the desert or along a creek or lakeside to a waterfall or panoramic peak? You could bike forever. Sunsets lasted for hours.
That first peach you picked yourself, dripping with juice as you bit it.
Best bedtime stories told around a crackling campfire.
Peachland to Osoyoos, revisit these treasures of the South Okanagan, home to many such beaches, trails, and orchards. Even more culinary adventures await today with a thriving wine, craft beer, cider and spirits scene.
Expand your knowledge of the desert, the Indigenous culture, the pioneers who forged the Kettle Valley Railway, and local flora and fauna.
Travel back to the Okanagan You Remember to relive and capture golden memories.
South Okanagan’s Diverse Communities
Dotted along lakeshores and waterways, communities of the South Okanagan offer country charisma to city culture. Urban gardens, shops, art installations, farms, fruit stands, vineyards and orchards. Okanagan highlands, valleys and lakeside settings. Warmest lake to glacial fed streams.
Rural retreat or collective connection is all yours to discover.
Travel to a simpler time, back to the Okanagan you remember. Sun-soaked days where time disappears into joy filled experiences you will come back for, year after year.
Come live like a local in Peachland, the hidden gem of the Okanagan! This quaint lakeside community has experiences that everyone from the outdoorsy to the foodie will enjoy.
Welcome to Canada’s desert in the country’s best wine region. A place where Indigenous culture and contemporary lifestyle join together in a wide range of exceptional cultural, culinary, and artistic experiences.
Whatever path you find yourself on, from Black Sage Road to the Golden Mile, you will be surrounded by the diverse landscape of Oliver, Canada’s Wine Capital.
Like a secret too good to keep to yourself, Naramata beckons. Roll down the windows and exhale as you leave your expectations behind. Follow the winding country road away from the city, breathing in the fresh warm breezes scented lightly with fruit blossoms.
Just a short drive south of Penticton in the beautiful Okanagan Valley and situated on the west side of Skaha Lake, Kaleden boasts the scenic beauty of lakefront living and a community full of spirit and neighborly connections.
The name really does say it all. Seemingly endless summers are followed by a warm vibrant fall with wine festivals and the last days at the beach.
Wines of the South Okanagan: Taste them again for the first time
Discover a wine region with the vibrancy of youth blessed by a legacy of experience. Explore fine wines paired with a farm-to-table culinary scene second to none.
Vines planted over 50 years ago sway beside new plantings – old world and new world varietals. Some plantings replace former orchards and gardens while others make new sites arable for grape growing.
The roughly 150 wineries of the South Okanagan are eclectic. Some wineries have generations of family winemaking experience from France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Many families first farmed gardens, orchards and then vineyards. Others left divergent careers to answer the call.
Leave the bustle behind to unveil the stories of these talented folks and their wines.
Small lot wines, each vintage offers its own enchanting nuances. Taste them again for the first time.