Cities & Towns In The Okanagan BC

The Southern Interior British Columbia

The Okanagan BC lies in the southern interior British Columbia.

Cities and towns in the beautiful Okanagan Valley begin with town of Osoyoos, at the US-Canada border.

Going north, you'll travel through Oliver, the city of Penticton, Naramata and Summerland BC, Peachland and Kelowna, which all run along Okanagan Lake.

Then, there's Vernon, Armstrong and Enderby BC, and all the way up to Sicamous British Columbia, which is where the Okanagan Shuswap region meets.

okanagan valley canada

From Sicamous, you'll enter the incredibly beautiful Shuswap region, which offers wonderful attractions and a variety of year round activities for all.

The main city in the Shuswap is Salmon Arm. It's a true Canadian winter haven, and pretty nice in the summer too.

The Okanagan BC has a number of regions within the valley. To help you navigate to cities and towns, we've organised this page by region - South, Central, North Okanagan and Shuswap. Click on the links here for the region you would like to explore to quickly skip down the page.

South Okanagan Regional District - town of Osoyoos, Oliver BC, the city of Penticton, Summerland BC, Naramata BC
Central Okanagan Regional District - Peachland BC, city of Kelowna, Winfield, Lake Country BC
North Okanagan Regional District - Oyama, Vernon BC, Enderby, Armstrong BC, Coldstream BC
Shuswap British Columbia - city of Salmon Arm, Chase BC, Scotch Creek...

In the most southern region the climate is semi-arid desert, with little rain in the summer months. While the very north offers lush forest and weather that is still wonderfully warm in the summer, but more snow in the winter.

When you visit communities throughgout the Okanagan you'll find a few things in common. Fruit orchards and vineyards, arts and culture, golf, lots of family and kid friendly attractions and plenty of soft sandy beaches along beautiful lakes.

At the same time, you'll also find something unique and charming in each community and region in the valley that you won't find in another.

The South Okanagan BC

Osoyoos BC - Population approx. 4,500 town of osoyoos bc

In the South Okanagan, the town of Osoyoos is in the tip of Canada's pocket desert region, in the Great Basin Desert region.

British Columbia tourism here presents fruit orchards and the BC wine industry are the mainstays of the town, with tree fruits blanketing the bottom of the valley and vinifera vines climbing all the hillsides. Summer months are almost rain free. Osoyoos Lake is a main attraction, and they have some really great festivals.

With Grasslands and mountain regions around Osoyoos, you won't find a lack of things to do here, summer or winter with hiking, mountain biking, birding, and exploring nature.

Penticton BC - Population approx. 32,000 city of penticton
Penticton BC
The River Channel

With two of the best beaches in the Okanagan BC, and Apex Mountain Ski Resort for winter fun, the city of Penticton is a very popular vacation destination for families.

And if you're in to wine tours and golf, you won't be disappointed here either. Most wineries in the Okanagan Valley are within an hour's drive from the city, and you've got plenty of golf courses to choose from as well.

Kaleden - Population approx. 1,100 kaleden bc historic hotel remnants

Kaleden BC was founded in 1909 as construction of water irrigation began to provide the hillside community with adequate water supply for growing orchard fruits.

Land developer, James Ritchie sold 5 acre parcels to buyers for a whopping $1800!

The Hadfield General Store, which is now the 1912 bistro, resides next door to the old Kaleden Hotel along the waterfront, and these are the main buildings with historical significance in the village. If you're looking for a cozy B&B though, Kaleden's got some great places to stay with beautiful views of the valley.

Naramata - Population approx. 2,000 naramata village

The village of Naramata BC was founded in 1907 as a prime agricultural area, and was also known as a cultural centre, including the Canadian Players Theatre Company of the 1930's.

Paddlewheelers regularly docked at the local wharf carrying passengers and freight up and down Okanagan Lake until the Kettle Valley Railway was completed in 1914.

The Central Okanagan BC

Kelowna - Population approx. 106,000 city of kelowna

The Central Okanagan Regional district is marked by the largest city in the Okanagan Valley, the city of Kelowna.

A busy, growing urban center, Kelowna British Columbia tourism and the Central Okanagan offer visitors all the amenities of the big city, wineries, golf, beaches, skiing, excellent shopping, and lots of interesting places to explore culture and BC history.

Kelowna's waterfront is lined with a multitude of beaches, parks and walkways, yet a short trip to the outskirts of the city and you'll discover mountain trails, hiking and biking and opportunities to explore back country and nature.

The North Okanagan BC

Vernon BC - Population approx. 38,000 vernon british columbia

Vernon is the oldest incorporated city in the Okanagan Valley, and lies in the ranchlands and low rolling hills surrounded by the Monashee mountains. Some of the best family attractions are Atlantis Waterslides and the historic O'Keefe Ranch.

Vernon BC is packed with agricultural British Columbia tourism attractions, as well as beautiful Kalamalka Lake, the Allan Brookes Nature Center, Silver Star Ski Resort, Sovereign Lake Nordic Club, and lots of heritage attractions to explore. If you're downtown you could tour the Vernon Heritage outdoor wall murals which are painted on buildings througout the down town area and give you a large scale view of Vernon's history.

Armstrong BC - Population - approx. 4,500 armstrong bc

Armstrong BC Canada was named after E.C. Heaton Armstrong, a London banker who helped finance the Shuswap and Okanagan Railway in 1892, and local development at the turn of the century.

Armstrong sits above the dairy and ranch lands of the Spallumcheen Valley and aside from a history of making fine artisan farmstead cheese with the influence of Dutch immigrants, Armstrong British Columbia tourism is known for it's community events, some of the oldest and largeest in the Okanagan Valley.

The Okanagan BC Shuswap

In the interior BC, the Shuswap is just north of the Thompson - Okanagan BC region, separate of the Okanagan Valley, but we include it on our site because we love to travel and visit there. From The South Okanagan a day trip to the Shuswap is something we do often, especially to visit Salmon Arm.

Communities in the Shuswap are centered around Shuswap Lake. There's an amazing amount of outdoor activities during both summer and winter months in the Shuswap.

Salmon Arm BC - Population - approx. 16,000 salmon arm shuswap british columbia
Salmon Arm

Summertime in the Shuswap and around the city of Salmon Arm, you'll find berry farms, dairy farms, cheese factories, and all the great golf the rest of the Okanagan Valley offers.

One of it's most spectacular attractions is the Adam's River Salmon River Run each year, where Salmon return to their origin of the millions!

Sicamous BC - Population - approx. 3,100 shuswap bc sicamous

The Shuswap British Columbia tourism region is where you'll find all the houseboats, the number one Canada map destinations for houseboat vacations, with lush green forests and the largest variety of fun summer activities for everyone. The Shuswap is also a winter haven for those who love to snowmobile, snowshoe, dogsled and ski.

And if you're around in the fall, the annual Fungi Festival is a week of identifying and picking wild mushrooms, with guided tours every day, and then you get to enjoy a gourmet mushroom cuisine.

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