Place Category: Road Trips
Indulge your senses with fresh, fragrant flavours and local produce on a road trip through the Okanagan Valley. From Osoyoos to Vernon, taste your way through the Valley against a backdrop of sun-soaked lakes and mountains.
At the US Border, you’ll find the desert town of Osoyoos, home to one of the warmest lakes in Canada, authentic Indigenous experiences and red wine country. Just 20 km (12.5 mi) north on Route 97 is Oliver, this agricultural hub, known as Canada’s Wine Capital, is surrounded by almost half of the province’s vines and over 45 wineries.
Continuing north 42 km (26 mi) is Penticton, nestled between two lakes, here you can enjoy sandy beaches, cycle the Kettle Valley Rail Trail or indulge in a tasting of beer, wine or cider downtown or along the scenic Naramata Bench.
Follow signs along Okanagan Lake as you travel one of the most panoramic drives in the region and pass through the lakeside towns of Summerland, Peachland and West Kelowna. Along the way, there are numerous beaches, wineries and fruit stands to enjoy that will help you embrace the Valley lifestyle.
At the William R. Bennett Bridge you’ll cross Okanagan Lake to Kelowna, the Okanagan Valley’s largest urban centre. Take a stroll along the waterfront, check out the craft breweries downtown or take your pick of scenic wine tours.
From Kelowna, continue 53 km (33 mi) north through Lake Country. The breathtaking views won’t stop as you pass Ellison, Wood and Kalamalka Lakes before arriving in Vernon. Here take advantage of the warm-water lakes, hiking and biking trails and agricultural bounty.
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