One of Canada’s favorite vacation destinations, the South Okanagan invites visitors to relax and spend long days soaking up the sun on sandy beaches. Whether you’re drawn to sailing, camping or fine cuisine, the South Okanagan has something for everyone.
Penticton, the center of the South Okanagan, is surrounded by three trimmed mountain slopes, breathtaking clay mountains and bordered by the stunning Okanagan and Skaha Lakes. Penticton is the epitome of wine country, the city hosts many famous wine festivals with countless international award-winning vineyards.
With Apex Mountain a short drive from Penticton, South Okanagan winters are also first-class. Apex Mountain Resort offers 600 cm of dry “Okanagan” powder each season. During the summer visitors can trade their skis and snowboards for a pair of hiking boots or a mountain bike and enjoy rolling fields of stunning alpine flora. The Skaha Bluffs are a world class location for rock climbers, offering 700 sport-climbing routes.
Experience the best food and wine the South Okanagan has to offer with agri-tourism. Tours, such as those offered by Covert Farms, ask guests to hop in the back of adorable, vintage cars where they’ll be driven across rolling hills overflowing with bountiful fruits and vegetables.
Agri-tourism tours in the South Okanagan not only offer fine food and wine, they offer guests a glimpse into the inner workings of a farm in addition demonstrating what is meant by organic, sustainable farming practices. The tour will teach visitors all about permaculture, viticulture, indigenous wildlife and biodynamic farming practices. In this way, visitors are offered the opportunity to connect with nature.
Wakeboarding is an awesome experience for anyone looking for a thrilling and exhilarating way to explore the Okanagan Lakes. With Wakepilot Wakeboarding, located in Osoyoos, guests can skip along the surface of the Okanagan Lake, taking in the breathtaking views while enjoying an exhilarating workout.
Climbing the Skaha Bluffs
Penticton’s Skaha Bluffs is world-renowned for excellent rock climbing. This series of cliffs that range up to 80m/250ft in height, present more than 650 routes, with challenges suitable for all skill levels.
As the second most most popular climbing destination in BC, Skaha Bluffs is easily accessible and the area also offers many hiking trails. Climbers and hikers are rewarded with stunningviews of Penticton, Skaha Lake and the Okanagan Valley.
Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad
Experience 4000 square feet of fascinating, family fun! Osoyoos Desert Model Railroad is Canada’s largest Marklin lay-out with more than 1900 houses and over 19,000 hand painted little people. The model railroad also offers 45 computer controlled trains running through exceptionally detailed landscapes. If you’re looking for a relaxed yet fascinating activity, this is for you!