If Only The Early Explorers Had A Route
Imagine taking a few days to wind your way through the heart
of wine country to experience some of B.C.'s best wineries. Stopping
to pick fruit, fresh from the orchard. And then, taking a refreshing
dip in one of our warm water lakes.
The Harvest Tour
1 Start your tour
in Osoyoos which is so warm in summer, you may feel you've stumbled
across the Mediterranean. Just north is Canada's only true desert,
nicknamed the 'pocket desert'.
2 Take a drive north on Highway
97. Between Osoyoos and Oliver, there are nine wineries to visit.
Simply follow the grape-bunch road signs and you'll know you're
on the right track.
3 In Oliver, you'll find one
of the most picturesque places in the Okanagan. The Vaseux Lake
Wildlife Sanctuary. Stroll the boardwalk and observe abundant
birdlife, including the magnificent Tundra swans.
4 Continue north on Highway 97
to Okanagan Falls. Slightly to the north, experience the vintages
of six wineries.
5 Heading north again, stop at
Penticton and stretch out on the beach. Or, if you're feeling
more active, head east on Eastside Road to Skaha Bluffs, one
of the world's best rock climbing areas.
6 Continuing north on Highway
97, stop by fresh fruit stands before arriving in Summerland.
Follow the sunflower signs to the Summerland Research Station
to visit the ornamental gardens.
7 In the Westbank-Kelowna area
alone, you'll find over 15 wineries. Orchard tours are conducted
daily at Kelowna Land and Orchard Company. While you're in Kelowna,
keep your eyes peeled for legendary monster Ogopogo.
8 Head northwest to Vernon on
Highway 97 and visit Historic O'Keefe Ranch. Nearby, there are
many working ranches where you can ride the range.
9 Take Highway 97A to Sicamous
where you can board the Phoebe Ann sternwheeler and cruise Shuswap
Lake. Be sure to visit D Dutchmen Dairy for arguably the best
ice cream in B.C.
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