Areas of Interest
Welcome to Okanagan Valley! You’ll find the resorts and towns of Okanagan Valley offer an enticing mix of attractions and activities. Some may see Okanagan as a region. But, if you stay here long enough, you'll start to see all the little communities surrounding Okanagan have their own unique characteristics & local identities residents love and guests cherish. This guide will help you understand where you are as you explore the Okanagan Valley area. Whether you want to visit the charming & historic alpine town of Penticton or wine tour around Kelowna, we'll show you where to go and what each town of Okanagan Valley as to offer.
Kelowna is located in the heart of British Columbia’s sunny Okanagan Valley, the largest city on Okanagan Lake. Kelowna is the third-largest metropolitan area in British Columbia after Vancouver and Victoria. There are plenty exciting things do while visiting Kelowna. Spend the weekend golfing, relaxing on the beach or exploring a nature trail. It's easy to plan a romantic day with the one you love. Discover over 40 wineries in the Kelowna BC area with many local vineyards offering wine tasting and tours. The Okanagan Valley is chock-full of farms, orchards, markets, and amazing restaurants serving up delicious seasonal products grown right here in the Okanagan Valley. Golf your way through Kelowna with eighteen different golf courses, providing golfers with a unique experience every time. Learn Kelowna vibrant downtown scene, amazing public parks, restaurants & budding beer scene to help you start planning your Okanagan vacation trip today!
Penticton is a city in the Okanagan Valley situated between Okanagan and Skaha Lakes. The town combines the idle pleasures of a beach resort with its own edgy vibe. Penticton has long been a final stop in life for Canadians young and old alike, which adds a new spin to its Salish-derived name Pen-Tak-Tin, meaning 'place to stay forever.' The town today is growing fast, along with the rest of the Okanagan Valley. Penticton makes a good base for your valley pleasures. There are plenty of nearby activities and diversions to fill your days. There is golfing on the area's many courses, go hiking or biking on the Kettle Valley Railway Trail, or rock climbing at Skaha Bluffs. Learn more about what Penticton has to offer when you visit the Okanagan Valley area.
Osoyoos is the southern-most town in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia between Penticton and Omak. Home of the warmest lake, Osoyoos Lake forms the heart of the town. Beaches beckon swimmers and sun-soakers, thrill-seekers ride on or over the waves in every style from wakeboard to parasail, and anglers in search of bass. Roadside stands, u-pick orchards and the Market on Main community market continue to be favourite stops for residents and visitors. You'll find two professionally-designed golf courses, Sonora Dunes Golf Course at Nk’mip Resort and Osoyoos Golf Club, perfectly set against gentle sloping hills of the Okanagan Valley. Osoyoos is one of the most beautiful places to sip and savour some of the top-rated wines in Canada. Shop downtown at one of their artisan stores, treat yourself to a relaxing day at the spa. Explore and discover the history and culture of the Syilx or Okanagan people at the Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre and along with other nearby Osoyoos Arts Centre. You find it all here in Osoyoos. Learn more about this beautiful town here.
Summerland is a town on the west side of Okanagan Lake. Take in 360-degree views at the summit of Giant's Head Mountain, an extinct volcano, that dominates the skyline with a backdrop of rolling plateaus and major valley systems of the Okanagan, Thompson and Nicola rivers. Summerland has become home to several world-renowned wineries and fantastic fruit orchards. Travel down famous "Bottleneck drive" to some of the best wineries in the Okanagan Valley. Art lovers flock to the area to see the incredible work of Summerland painters and artisans at the Summerland Arts Centre & Gallery and more than 40 private studios and galleries. Okanagan Lake provides opportunities for swimming, fishing, camping, kayaking, boating and water skiing, or laze about on sun-drenched beaches. Summerland offers an abundance of golfing, hiking and cycling options as well. Hike into the past on two historic routes, the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) Trail and the Brigade Trail. Many of these same trails are wonderful for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing in winter. Learn more about Summerland and all it has to offer.
Big White Ski Resort is a fantastic winter vacation destination for all types of skiers and snowboarders, offering wide expansive terrain, light dry powder, short lift lines and modern facilities. The Big White Village is home to the most ski-in/ski-out accommodations in Canada. Located in scenic British Columbia’s Okanagan Valley, Big White is about 56 kilometers or 35 miles outside the town of Kelowna. The Coast Mountains shield the Okanagan Valley from wet Pacific air and that produces an average of 750cm/300in of powder every year. Big White Mountain offers a variety of terrain for all ability levels. The majority of the 118 marked runs on the mostly south-facing slopes are blue and green with select areas set aside for beginners, but there's no shortage of black diamond action and double black diamond adventure in the high powder bowls. Big White also provides an unusual amount of glade skiing, with almost no place on the mountain where it isn't possible to ski among the trees – a special treat for guests in-between storms. Ski Canada repeatedly ranks Big White Ski Resort for "Best Tree Skiing" and "Best Glade Skiing." The resort is an excellent family destination offering a wide array of family-friendly activities, including snowshoeing, tubing, skating, snowmobiling, dog sledding, horse-drawn sleigh rides and Nordic skiing. Learn more about Big White Ski Resort here.
SilverStar Mountain Resort is an Okanagan's year-round ski resort located near Silver Star Provincial Park in the Shuswap Highland of the Monashee Mountains, 22km/13mi northeast of Vernon. Its village is reminiscent of a typical 19th century British Columbian mining town era with Victorian architecture. Boarded sidewalks & brightly colored shop fronts add a unique western flavor. SilverStar averages more than 700cm/276in of snow annually on their 115 marked trails, the majority intermediate, but with plenty of beginners and advanced action. SilverStar Mountain Resort also hosts other family fun activities like snowshoeing, tubing, skating, and horse-drawn sleigh rides. With access to nearby Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre, SilverStar offers some of the best and most extensive cross-country skiing in Canada, with more than 105 km/60 mi of daily groomed trails. In summer, that same terrain attracts mountain bikers to the Silver Star Bike Park, renowned design for progressive development with trails that beginners can tackle with confidence and steep, stunt-filled downhills to test the most extreme riders. Canada's largest mountain bike lift zips to the summit providing access to 16 trails, 488m/1,600ft of vertical, and a challenging skills area and a jump park. while others come for the wildflower show along hiking trails. Learn more about SilverStar accommodations and all the fantastic variety of lodging available including lots of condos, lodges, vacation homes, and several hotels.
Located 30 minutes from Penticton, BC, Canada, Apex Mountain Resort is one of the hidden gems of Canadian skiing. This family-fun and relaxing atmosphere resort gets the perfect mixture of large amounts of precipitation and low humidity that makes for the lightest, champagne powder snow around. Averaging 600cm/236in of the “Okanagan” powder each season, skiers and riders have access to 1,112 acres that include groomers, bowls, glades, and a terrain park and boarder/skiercross run for freestylers. Enjoy 75 marked trails and another 40 unmarked runs littered around the resort with plenty of powder stashes to find. Go exploring with a trip over to the south bowls, cruise through the glades in the Wild Side, get your heart pumping on one of the steep ‘n’ deep narrow runs on the north side, or show off your style in The Pit. Grab a drink after a long day on the slopes at the famous Gunbarrel Saloon and the Tempest Room for all your Apres needs. Venture out on their one kilometer night lit skating loop or a cross country ski on one of 56 world class trails at Nickel Plate Nordic Centre. Mix up the winter activities with tubing, skating, and pick-up hockey. Or stroll through Apex Mountain's intimate village with quint shops and outstanding restaurantsLearn more about the terrain, history, personalities, and magic that make Apex an amazing place to spend your winter vacation.