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Mountains, streams, lakes and inland valleys make the North Okanagan one of the most popular regions in Canada. Located just north of the Central Okanagan, this destination is warm and sunny in the summer and coated with pristine snow in the winter. It is a perfect year-round vacation.
Outdoor, Adrenaline-Pumping Activities
There are endless activities in the North Okanagan. The watersport enthusiast can dive into the emerald green waters of Kalmalka Lake to try kayaking, canoeing, water skiing or scuba diving. The world class ski resort Silver Star offers 55 km of groomed slopes covered in champagne powder. Besides being a renowned ski resort, Silver Star is also an award-winning downhill biking destination, offering a delightful array of trails for all experience levels. Surrounding lakes and streams, stocked with kokanee and trout, will delight the enthusiastic fisherman. The myriad of hills and mountains promise to entertain the hiker and wanderer.
Vernon, located on Hwy 97 where Hwy 6 connects, has countless activities. Roam through fragrant orchards of various fruits, from apples to pears. Try your hand at the Sun Valley Motor Speedway, an oval track offering NASCAR racing from mid-May to late September.
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Biking at Silver Star! / Skiing
During the winter, champagne powder and varied terrain attract all ski and snowboarding levels to Silver Star Mountain Resort. As BC’s 3rd largest ski area, Silver Star Mountain Resort offer four distinct mountain ranges and 132 runs. Canada’s first all-inclusive lift ticket also provides affordable, family-friendly fun for all guests.
During the summer, Silver Star Mountain Resort becomes Canada’s 2nd best bike park! From mid-June to early September, a progressive 85+ km combined XC and DH trail network attracts every level of downhill biker. A high speedy bike chairlift offers downhill riders easy access to the top of a vast array of flow and technical trails.
North Okanagan locals love to bask in the stunning turquoise waters of Kalamalka Lake. Kalamalka’s beauty and color truly makes this lake special. As as ‘marl lake’, Kalamalka’s turquoise waters arise from a colorful reaction of limestone deposits. Besides offering beautiful sights, visitors can canoe, fish, swim and waterski on the lake. Kalamalka provincial park also offers a myriad of activities, from hiking to biking to climbing.
Rainbow Falls in Monashee Park
70 km from downtown Lumby, Rainbow Falls in Monashee Park is a secluded and tranquil destination for the curious adventurer. Surrounded by Monashee Park’s interior rainforest, Rainbow Falls is a stunning oasis. As water from the Shuswap watershed and Monashee park collide the cascade to form the stunning Rainbow Falls.
The surrounding area hosts plenty of old growth Cedar, Fir and Spruce trees in addition to several views of towering mountain peaks. The park is also known for some of the oldest rock formations in western Canada. An intrepid explorer will be delighted and enthralled by this activity.
Enjoy world class theater in the great outdoors
Fulfill your appetite for the dramatic with Caravan Farm Theatre. Sit under the night sky and marvel as this professional theatre company, based on a large farm, delights audiences of all ages. Located just outside Armstrong, annual productions include a fall shadow play, a winter one-act sleigh ride show complete with a roaring bonfire and horse-drawn sleighs, a spring show and, in the summer, a full length musical.
During the summer, Caravan Market Days is hosted. This celebration sells locally grown produce, handmade goods, baking, tasty good, flowers and plants. With wagon rides and family fun activities, this is a great place to spend a leisurely Sunday!