Located in southern British Columbia, Canada - the Okanagan Valley is one of the warmest regions in all of Canada. The Okanagan population of 450,000 people is comprised within the centres of Osoyoos, Okanagan Falls, Penticton, West Kelowna, Westbank First Nation, Kelowna and Central Okanagan and Vernon.
The fertile agricultural land of the North Okanagan is known for dairy products, fruits and vegetables. Rich grasslands brought ranchers to a valley where agricultural traditions still thrive while nearby mountains beckon outdoor enthusiasts summer and winter. The region also features numerous lakes, including Okanagan, Kalamalka and Swan, providing opportunities for summer recreation, while Silver Star Mountain is ideal for mountain biking and winter sports. To the east, the Monashee Mountains present pristine wilderness for backcountry adventure. Communities and hamlets in the North Okanagan include Armstrong, Cherryville, Coldstream, Enderby, Grindrod, Killiney Beach, Lavington, Lumby, Mabel Lake, Spallumcheen and Vernon.
The fruit and wine producing Okanagan Valley stretches 200km (124mi) south from the Shuswap Lake region to the US border. Okanagan Lake at 135 km (83 mi) anchors the Central Okanagan with an abundance of recreational opportunities.Wineries, beaches, golf, and winter sports complement the urban energy and cultural amenities of Kelowna, the vibrant economic hub of the Okanagan Valley. The Okanagan’s only international airport is located in Kelowna, providing easy access throughout the corridor and quick access to the region. As the fastest growing region in the province of British Columbia, the Central Okanagan includes the communities of Kelowna, Lake Country, Peachland, Westbank and West Kelowna.
Vineyards and wineries, orchards and fruit stands dominate an agricultural region carved from the arid landscape where First Nations culture still thrives. The South Okanagan features lakes, vineyards and orchards with communities dotted along the Hwy 97 corridor. With the driest climate in the country, this region encompasses the only true desert in Canada. The South Okanagan area includes the communities and hamlets of Gallagher Lake, Kaleden, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton and Summerland.
During the summer months, visitors are offered countless sandy beaches, hot sun, and a variety of outdoor and water activities. Okanagan Lake provides the valley not only with excellent swimming but is also a spectacular backdrop to more than 19 golf courses and 150 wineries and popular ski resorts located in the rolling hills of the valley. The Okanagan is considered a premiere wine valley and a tour of the local wineries is a must for anyone visiting the region.