Okanagan valley or county is a part of British Columbia in Canada. It forms a part of the basin of Okanagan Lake and the Canadian portion of the Okanagan river. The main city in Okanagan County is Kelowna. Okanagan Lake is a 50 mile long lake. The whole area is very beautiful and panoramic. The climate of the place is such that it sunny in summer and has cold winters with snowfall.
Since the climate is so pleasant in the Okanagan valley, the place is ideal for tourists and retired people who enjoy the casual lifestyle present there. You can go biking, hiking, wine tasting and just enjoy yourself in the sun, in the summer. The winter is ideal for snow skiing, skating and other winter sports. So you can be busy with recreational activities throughout the year.
One of the most famous resort villages is ‘Sun Peaks’. It has the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Coast Mountains to the west. Since the area is protected, in a valley, the weather is very good. The summers are above 36degrees C. and people can enjoy biking and other summertime activities.
The Okanagan Wine festival is celebrated every year during the second week of August at the Silver Star Mountain Resort in Vernon. The Ice Wine Festival is celebrated every year in mid- January at the Sun Peaks Resort.
Shuswap Lake is also another favorite spot. There are many cottages and houseboats there. Sun Peaks is about 20 minutes from Shuswap Lake. There are many hotel resorts and chalets where you can get rooms at affordable rates. Sun Peaks is the second largest ski resort in British Columbia. The longest run is about 5 miles. In summer you can go mountain biking. In the Sun Peaks mountain bike park, you can use the Sunburst Express Chairlift to get to the 37 biking trails for a distance of 70 kilometers. There are also activities for children. They have Kid’s adventure camps in which they can go canoeing, horseback riding, play tennis, go mountain biking and also hiking. There is a sports center where there is an outdoor pool that is heated all year round. There is also a kid’s pool and also two tennis courts. In the Okanagan Valley you have the Kittle Valley Bike Trails and the Mission Greenway and Okanagan Lavender farm. The other famous resort in this area is Manteo. It is famous for its water activities as it has a sandy beach with water skiing, wakeboard or cruise. There are also night lit tennis courts and lakeside putting green and also a spa.
Kelowna is the main district in Okanagan. This is the main business area. The boutiques and art studios are famous for their local flavor. It is famous for the visual and performing arts, the great wine and food, casinos and nightclubs etc. You can have entertainment all year round. There are many golfing courses and golfing championships are held here. Mountain biking is also famous here. You have areas that can be used by experts and novices. There are urban areas and also areas with pine forests and wide desert areas. The down hills are also good for biking. There are forest trails where one can go hiking. You can see many streams where you can take a quiet stroll.
The whole are of Okanagan valley is ideal for vineyards. The climate is very suitable. So you can see vineyards right from the hilltops to the lakeshores. The reason is that the soil is very rich. You can get all the different types of wines here. You can get cold and hot weather grapes simply because they are grown in the beach areas, hillsides and also on the valley floors. The main varieties such as Pinotage, German Riesling, Swiss Chasselas, Italian Sangiovese and French Mourvedre are grown close to each other. You can have a great wine tasting experience here. You can also travel on the steam train which is a century old and swim in the lake and also go hiking. Some of the famous vineyards in this area are Calona vineyards, Cedar estate Winery, Forbidden Fruit Winery, Jackson-Triggs Okanagan Estate Winery etc. Okanagan does not have a particular season – it is all year round entertainment, sports and recreation. So, visit Okanagan any time of the year and enjoy.