Okanagan British Columbia Tourism

What Does Tourism In The Okanagan Offer?

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Okanagan British Columbia tourism offers plenty to see and do, so the choice is yours when it comes to activities.

The nice thing about the Okanagan is that everything you want is in close proximity. So, getting to places you want to visit is relatively easy. And that means more time for having fun. :-)

To help you choose things to do, this page includes a wide variety of activities that appeal to all ages. Click on a link to learn more about anything that you'd like to do or see...

Biking Hiking Fun For Kids Wineries Festivals
Shopping Boat Cruises Watersports Ballooning Golf
Mini Golf Culture Exploring Museums Beaches
Kayaking Casinos Winter Fun Farmer Markets Orchards

Or, read on to discover what things to do that would make your next Okanagan vacation memorable...

Golf

view from a golf course in the okanagan

Probably one of the most popular on anyone's list of activities on an Okanagan vacation is golf.

There is a wide variety of Okanagan golf courses, for which the Okanagan is well known.

We mostly stick to the mini golf - for good reason ;-) - but aside from the amazing scenery, those who golf here come back time after time for golf vacations.

Exploring the Okanagan

Okanagan British Columbia tourism appeals to those who love exploring and enjoying outdoor sports, water, as well as culture and art, or the natural wonders of this region.

If you love nature, visit the Osoyoos Desert Center and learn about the endangered ecosystems and the species that live here.

Or, take a day trip to Haig Brown Provincial Park where, especially during the fall, you can see the salmon return to their spawning ground and complete their life cycle.

Here's a few more ideas...

  • Mascott Gold Mine
  • Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory

Nature & Ecotours are also a great way to see and do some of the surrounding area with a local guide.

Biking and Hiking

bike rental

For those who enjoy biking a full day, cycling the Kettle Valley Trail is a must. The Myra Canyon Trestles are an amazing thing to see. The KVR is not for the leisure biker or young kids, though. It's a full day ride through the Myra canyon and requires being well prepared.

For those who prefer more leisure riding, there are many trails in the cities to accommodate you.

You can rent a bike that will fit all of you in and take leisurely ride along Okanagan Lake beach in Penticton. After your ride, we'll show you where to get some great ice cream. ;-)

Beaches

Of course we wouldn't leave out the beaches! Our beaches are a main attraction and the Okanagan Valley's popularity as a summer vacation spot. You just can't beat relaxing on a beach for at least part of your visit.

Okanagan British Columbia tourism offers so many beautiful beaches to soak up the sun on. Even when you've spent some or all of the day doing some other activities, you can still spend an evening on beach to cool off.

You can read all about the best beaches here.

Okanagan For Kids

okanagan fun for kids

And for kids, there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep the kids entertained.

Whether it's climbing a rock wall for the first time ever, or visiting a museum on a rainy day, or spending the day at the waterslides, there's no lack of fun things for kids to do.

Art, Craft & Culture

Okanagan British Columbia tourism provides a rich array of arts & crafts through the farmers markets during the summer.

Additionally, culture and history are also rich, and presented through many forms all over the Valley.

Many art galleries showcase local artists that you may not find elsewhere.

Cultural events, such as the Squilax Pow Wow showcase Aboriginal Food, Arts and Crafts. And the NK'MIP Desert Cultural Centre offers extensive insight into the Okanagan First Nations culture and history.

Winter Fun

Winter in the Okanagan isn't as busy as summer, but there's still lots to do and take in if you here for a winter vacation.

Skiing and snowboarding are the main winter activity.

We celebrate winter and the holidays at various events including the Summerland Light Up and the Vernon Winter Carnival.

Casinos

The Okanagan Valley boasts three casinos, should you feel the urge to indulge in a bit of gaming on an evening or two during your visit.

Casinos are located in Penticton, Kelowna and Vernon.

Wineries

okanagan wineries

It goes without saying that Okanagan British Columbia tourism has shifted focus over the years, to the growing wine industry.

There are more than 150 wineries in the Okanagan Valley, and counting.

Whether it's a visit to one, or a whole day on a wine tour, this is becoming one of the mainstays of tourism in the Okanagan BC.

You can read all about Okanagan wineries here.

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