The South Okanagan
The South Okanagan is located at the lower end of the Okanagan Valley, adjacent to the US border and about 400 km east of Vancouver. Its hot summers, lakes and beaches, golf courses and wineries make it a favourite spot for visitors. Highway 97 is the main north-south route that passes through the valley towns of Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos.
Penticton is sandwiched between Okanagan and Skaha lakes. It is a favourite vacation spot because the semi-arid climate creates long hot, sunny summers with mild winters. During the winter there is good first-class skiing available at nearby Apex mountain. The area is well known for it’s numerous orchards and vineyards.
This small community is located at the south end of Skaha Lake and derives it’s name from falls that existed on the adjacent Okanagan river but were eliminated by a flood control dam that was built in the 1950s. For bird watchers the local Vaseaux lake has more than 25 species (some rare) of birds that make the area home.
Oliver is located 25 km north of the US border and is known as the Wine Capital of Canada. The area is at the northern end of the Sonoran desert, which is the only true desert area in Canada. This climate is excellent for producing grapes and the area is known for producing some of the best wines in the world.
Osoyoos is located at the junction of Hwy 97 and Hwy 3 and is only minutes from the US border. The town’s largest economic drivers are tourism and agriculture. Osoyoos Lake splits the town and extents into the US. This lake is Canada’s warmest fresh water lake and is a popular destination for water and beach activities.