About Okanagan Valley
For a vacation in one of British Columbia's most diverse regions, make the Okanagan Valley your destination. You'll find Okanagan Valley vacation homes on the waterfront, in the mountain foothills, and in small town centers, ready for your ideal getaway.
Okanagan Valley Climate
The Okanagan Valley has a humid continental climate, similar to the rest of Southern British Columbia, though the area tends to receive much less rain than nearby regions. In July and August, temperatures usually reach the mid-80s. In the winter, visitors can generally expect temperatures in the teens, along with about a foot of snow per month.
How to Get Around Okanagan Valley
Since the Okanagan Valley covers a large area, it's best to explore the area by car. Located in the center of the region, the Kelowna International Airport is the most convenient gateway to the Okanagan Valley. From here, most Okanagan Valley vacation homes are about an hour away.
Top Things to Do in Okanagan Valley
Explore the great outdoors in Okanagan Valley with a visit to Myra Canyon, where you'll find everything from horseback riding to cycling to hiking. If you're in the mood for adventure, visit the Myra Canyon Adventure Park, where you can challenge yourself to a rope course, climb to the treetops, play disc golf, and much more. With plenty of open space for boating and swimming, Lake Okanagan spans from Vernon in the north to Penticton in the south. Here you'll find more than 30 beaches, along with plenty of trails for hiking and scenic spots for picnicking. Nearby, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway highlights some of the Okanagan Valley's most fascinating history. Once a railway for both leisure and freight, this historic railway now offers 90-minute scenic tours in a vintage 1912 steam-powered locomotive. Explore Canada's second-largest wine region with a guided or self-led tour through several Okanagan Valley vineyards. From Summerland to Kelowna to Okanagan Falls, you'll find dozens of wineries throughout the region.
Can't-Miss Okanagan Valley Events
No matter when you visit, there's no shortage of events to keep you entertained, educated, and amazed during your visit to the Okanagan Valley. If you're a wine lover, head to Kamloops in early May for the Kamloops Wine Festival. Attend a variety of seminars, tastings, and wine dinners and find your new favorite wine. Beer enthusiasts will appreciate the Okanagan Fest of Ale which highlights nearly 200 top beers and ciders alongside live music and food trucks. Nature lovers will want to make their way to Penticton in May for the Meadowlark Festival. This annual event showcases the natural wonder of the Okanagan Valley with exclusive tours, guided walks, canoe trips, and film screenings. Every August, the Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival welcomes blues, bluegrass, Celtic, Cuban, Americana, and many more types of musicians. This three-day event takes place on the shores of Shuswap Lake and includes several stages, workshops, and great food.