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Okanagan Valley

Okanagan Valley, Kelowna, Banff

The Basics

Rows and rows of grapes ripen among the rolling hills around Okanagan Lake, earning the area its nickname: Napa Valley of the North. Okanagan’s wine scene is dominated by sweet whites, and the local ice dessert wine—made using grapes that have frozen on the vine during Canada’s chilly winter nights—is a must-try.

The Okanagan Valley is also home to numerous outdoor activities and is popular among water-sport aficionados, golfers, mountain bikers, and hikers. In winter, snowy Okanagan Valley becomes a popular skiing destination. The backcountry teems with old mining settlements toward the valley’s US border, while the north is dominated by those famous orchards and vineyards. The largest city, Kelowna, is known for its arts and restaurant scenes, and is an ideal base for exploring the region; other popular cities locales around the lake are Vernon and Penticton.

Explore the valley independently, join a popular wine tour, or ride to craft distilleries and breweries on a bike tour.

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Private Kelowna Sailing Cruise on Okanagan Lake
Private Kelowna Sailing Cruise on Okanagan Lake
$119.48 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Wonderful experience, highly recommend Holy Doodle to all who visit Kelowna
I would give Brad and Holy Doodle Charters 2 thumbs up, high fives, round of applause (all of the above) and would recommend a trip on the lake with him to all. Brad is easy going, informative and makes you feel incredibly welcome on his boat. The views from the lake are spectacular and the experience was definitely one of the highlights of the trip. The relaxed feeling of being on the water was perfect after a busy day of wine tours. Thank you Brad for a super outing, and Holy Doodle is my new favourite saying!
Nicola_D, Oct 2022

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Okanagan Valley is a must for wine enthusiasts and outdoor adventurers.

  • The region is also ideal for families, as the activities aren’t too rigorous to exclude younger or older travelers.

  • The desert climate here can range from very cold to very warm; be sure to check the weather forecast before you travel.

  • Much of the valley’s attractions and wineries are accessible to wheelchair users.

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How to Get There

Kelowna has a regional airport with regular flights arriving from Vancouver International Airport. If driving, the Okanagan Valley is about five scenic hours east of Vancouver.

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When to Get There

The timing of your trip depends on the activities you’re pursuing. Ski and snowboard in winter, hike and swim in summer, and sip wine year-round—there’s no bad time to visit the Okanagan Valley.

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Okanagan Valley Wine

The Okanagan Valley is British Columbia’s top wine grape–growing region. Visits to wineries like Grizzli, Summerhill, Cedar Creek, Mission Hill, and Quails’ Gate allow visitors to sip local specialties and learn about the entire winemaking process from the experts.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Okanagan Valley?
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