Famously known for world-renowned fine wines and craft beer, fresh fruit, fabulous food, golf, cycling, rock climbing, snow sports, whimsical wedding venues, our fresh water lakes and sandy beaches, the South Okanagan – Similkameen region of British Columbia is quite simply one of those places that you might never forget!
Why not compliment your next beach vacation, or road trip to the Okanagan Valley with not only our pristine nature settings, priceless landscapes, rare and endangered species of plants, animals, birds and insects, our orchards and organic farms, but with also the many natural and organic products made from ingredients grown and prepared right here in the warmth of the valley sun!
Hearty Okanagan inspired cuisine made from freshest ingredients, accompanied by a glass (or two, or three) of your favorite craft beer, local wine, organic cider, or spirits…
Sounds pretty awesome, right?!?
No matter which bowl of the valley you choose to begin your adventure in, the Okanagan – Similkameen simply offers a little something special, for everyone.
Road trip! North to South.
At the very mid point of Okanagan Lake lies the City of Kelowna, the booming and budding epicenter of the region. Throughout Kelowna and the surrounding areas, world-renowned wines, creative craft brews, daring distilled spirits, accompanied by the perfectly paired plate of valley grown food are the norm. From Kelowna, the Highway draws you across the waters of Okanagan Lake, leads up into the rolling hills high above the lake, towards the South Okanagan.
Through West Kelowna and Peachland, the highway will lead you. Mingled in among the sprawling hillsides of homes, the unforgettable views and astounding sceneries of the valley, incredible restaurants and wineries await you!
Perched awkwardly on the sunny clay banks above Okanagan Lake, you will next arrive in The District of Summerland. The name really says it all! Here, in this garden like mecca, feel free to unleash your taste buds as your adventure has just begun!
Penticton, Naramata and the South Okanagan
Continuing South along the highway, past the rolling hillsides of the vine and fruit covered Naramata benches, the bright white letters of the Munson Mountain “PENTICTON” sign and waterfront of The City of Penticton, welcome you. For visitors wanting to experience the most of the valley on their stay, Penticton (being the most central of valley communities) is a great community to call your ‘home away from home’ as from here, most edges of the valley can be reached within an hour’s drive.
From the Saturday morning Penticton Farmer’s Market, the Okanagan Wine Festivals, our annual craft beer festival, the Fest-of-Ale, to the countless wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants… Not to mention, the endless list of outdoor activities to keep everyone in the family busy, your stay will most likely be just not long enough!
Leaving Penticton, heading south on Highway 97, the villages and towns of Kaleden, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos, lead the way down the southern track of this treasured, meandering network of valleys… From there, the trails heads South, straight on to the Canada – US Border Crossing, or east, on to the Kootenays.
Shortly past the Village of Kaleden, the highway forks giving high-speed adventurers the option to venture West, on Highway 3A. Following the “To Vancouver!” signs, the pavement leads you through the rural ranch lands, past small communities, into the mouth of the Similkameen Valley. As the road nears the valley, the looming rock faces of the K-Mountain and the expansive Snowy Mountain range come into view.
Past the sage brushed hillsides, orchards, ranches and forests, lies The Village of Keremeos and the Similkameen Valley. Here again, the highway forks. West to Vancouver, or East, to The Village of Cawston. Don’t let the astounding scenery distract you though, the Similkameen boasts many world-renowned wineries, locally treasured cideries, restaurants, organic food farms and markets.
Following the highway East out of Cawston, past the jagged white peaks of Snowy Mountain, you will be lead to the southern most tip of the valley, Osoyoos and the Canada-United States Border Crossing.
From city, to town, to village and all the stops in between, the hidden gems, local secrets and sparkling spirits of the South Okanagan – Similkameen, are sure to keep taste buds sparked and your curiosities ignited!
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