5 Amazing Things to Do in Okanagan Valley

The Okanagan Valley is one of the go-to destinations in Southern British Columbia. It is scenic with warm weather. The winters are mild, while summers are hot and dry. The natural landscape includes valleys, mountains, lakes, and much more. Below are the top 5 things to do when visiting Okanagan Valley.

1. Visit Okanagan Lake

The Okanagan Lake is the largest lake in Okanagan valley. It is referred to as the fjord lake as it was carved out as a result of several glaciations. As a result of the glaciations, the lakeshore has terraces that are used for agriculture.

You can do numerous activities at Okanagan Lake, including hanging out at the beach, paddling, canoeing, and fishing. The beaches have concessions and playgrounds for convenience. You could also explore the tombs and hidden cloves, hike the neighbouring Knox Mountain, or snorkeling in the secluded bays.

2. Sightseeing Wine Tour

The Okanagan Lake region is one of the top wine hotspots in Canada and North America. There are hundreds of wineries, orchards, and vineyards in Okanagan valley. There are four main wine festivals held in a year and 100s of wine events. Whether you are a wine lover or a nature lover, there is a lot to be experienced in the Okanagan valley.

You can schedule a visit to one or several wineries and vineyards or work with a local tour company to plan an elaborate wine tour and wine tasting experience across Okanagan valley. Some vineyards allow you into their factories to experience first-hand the wine-making process.

3. Tubing or Swimming in the Shuswap River

The Shuswap River is not only used for producing hydroelectric power but is also a recreational area. You can engage in various fun activities at the river, including sightseeing, picnicking, boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, or tubing. There is lots of sea and wildlife to see too.

There are two dedicated picnic areas nearby- one alongside the river and another near the Shuswap Falls. The picnic areas are equipped with vital amenities such as picnic tables, car parking, toilets, drinking water, hiking trails, and canoe pull-out.

4. Ski at the Big White Ski Resort

The Big White Ski Resort is located in the Monashee Mountains, Southeast of Kelowna. If visiting during winter, you are up for some skiing and snowboarding fun. Snow accumulates up to a height of 10 meters. The ski resort has 118 alpine trails and 25 Nordic trails. However, even in the summer, travelers enjoy the ski resort as a hiking destination.

5. SS Sicamous Okanagan Heritage Museum

The SS Sicamous is the largest paddle wheeler in Canada. It now serves as a climb-aboard museum, heritage site, and wedding venue. Its interior includes grand mahogany staircases, an engine room with maze-like colourful piping and large boilers, and a Gentleman’s saloon with red carpet.

Okanagan Valley is indeed a sight to behold. No matter your interest, you will definitely find something fun and interesting to do when visiting.

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