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The Central Okanagan is a bustling and growing region in BC. Located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley, the Central Okanagan is a short 4-hour drive from Vancouver and is two hours north of the Washington State border.
Landscape & Activities
Central Okanagan has the stunning Okanagan Lake, beautiful hillsides, excellent ski resorts, and world famous vineyards. The variety of world-class outdoor activities, such as skiing, hiking, climbing and mountain biking, makes this destination perfect for the avid outdoorsman.
Kelowna & Culture
The Central Okanagan also has a bustling city culture. Ranked the third largest urban area in BC, the region is home to more than 160,000 people. Kelowna, the largest city in the Central Okanagan, has a bustling cultural sector attracting a series of sport, art and music festivals such as the Center of Gravity Beach Festival and Kelowna Wine Country Half Marathon.
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Worry-free wine tours
As the birthplace of British Columbia’s wine, Kelowna has known for the highest quality wines. The wine from this region consistently win national and international awards. With over 30 wineries within a 20 minute drive, there’s no end of opportunities to swirl, sip and savour.
For a particularly unique experience, try out a customized, guided wine tour. Sit back and relax in the backseat of a classic, antique car and meander through wine country trying the finest wine the region has to offer.
Hiking at Myra Canyon Trestles
Bask in the Okanagan’s warm summer sun and take a half-day trip to Myra Canyon. This exceptionally scenic portion of the Kettle Valley Runway runs alongside a stunning steep-walled canyon. This section of the railway was originally crafted by hard working hands at the turn of the last century. Today this impressive landmark is distinguished by 2 tunnels and 18 trestle bridges, both impressive architectural feats. Visitors can hike the trails or borrow some bikes from Myra Canyon Bike Rentals and cycle through it.
Kangaroo Creek Farm
Families are warmly welcomed to visit kangaroos and wallabies at the Kangaroo Creek Farm. This fence free facility encourages visitors to pet a roo, hold a joey and learn more about these fascinating animals. This experience is also perfectly affordable. Admission to the farm is by donation, with a suggested donation of $5 per person.
Downhill skiing and snowboarding at Big White
Renowned across the globe for world class skiing, Kelowna’s Okanagan Valley has a multitude of excellent ski hills. Just 56 miles from the city, Big White is the largest resort offered in the region. Named Big White because of its reliable annual snowfall, ‘Biggie’ receives 750 cm of champagne powder a year, has 15 chair lifts, 906 acres of groomed slopes and is Western Canada’s largest resort night skiing area. With numerous easy, green runs, Big White is welcoming to families and beginners. An impressive cliff is also perfectly tempting to the adrenaline seeking, experienced pro.