Summer in the Okanagan

The Okanagan, situated in the province of British Columbia, comes alive in the summer time with a vast array of festivals and outdoor sports. The expansive lake, beaches and laid-back attitude provide the perfect atmosphere for a summer escape. The dry, summer climate and lakeshore communities add to the region’s charming ambience.

Okanagan Lake, Photo: Kyle Pearce on Flickr

There are an endless amount of activities in the Okanagan – from watersports and golf to wine tastings and delicious food – there is something for everyone. The Okanagan is famous for its fruit orchards, vineyards and wine. Wine tastings and vineyard tours are an absolute must for wine lovers. The popular Mission Hill Winery, beautifully situated on a hill overlooking the lake, is a definite favourite. The patio at Quail’s Gate Winery is a great place to have lunch after touring vineyards.

Water sports, boating, biking and hiking are just a few of the exhilarating outdoor sports that it has to offer. Many visitors enjoy renting sea-doo’s and trying their hand at wakeboarding on the lake. If you’re a little less adventurous, there are many spots along the lake to relax under the sun and enjoy a good book!

The Okanagan also serves as the ultimate spot for anyone who loves live music as it is hosting a number of summer events. In addition to the small local events that come alive in the summer, 2011 brings with it some major festivals as well. Among these festivals is Centre of Gravity – three days of live music, fashion, and world-class sports along the lake. Additionally, the Nakusp Music Festival, the top rock event in all of Canada, will also take place in the Okanagan.

Whether you’re looking for a summer adventure or a relaxing summer escape, the Okanagan can accommodate you.