Prized for its dry sunny climate, desert like landscapes and idyllic BC lakes, the Okanagan Valley is one of the most unique areas north of the 49th parallel. Today you’ll find world class vineyards, abundant fruit orchards and waterfront living featured in home and garden magazines. From wineries, to skiing & snowboarding with interior champagne powder, to over 40 golf courses to tee it up - the Okanagan Valley with Kelowna at its hub, Vernon to the north and Penticton to the south, is one the most popular relocation and retirement areas in Canada.
The Okanagan Valley is home to wide open grasslands, sprawling lakes and over 150 world class wineries. Visitors will find four official sub areas when it comes to grape growing and wineries attached to a terroir - they include Okanagan Falls, the Naramata Bench, Golden Mile Bench & Skaha Bench. Exceptional varietals include Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Viognier & Riesling. In addition to wine, winter sports and golf, this special part of beautiful British Columbia has exceptional hiking trails, cycling escapes, boating, fishing, water skiing & beach life. In the south portion of the Okanagan Valley lies Osoyoos, classified as the only official desert in Canada, where the mercury climbs to above 38C and is often Canada's hottest spot. From condos, to lovely single family dwellings, gated communities to lavish million dollar lakefront estates, the Okanagan attracts visitors and residents from around the world. Centrally located on the Highway 97 Wine Route, the Okanagan Valley is easily accessed from the Trans-Canada Highway, Highway 3 and other major B.C. and Washington State highways. Kelowna and Penticton are only a 45 minute flight from Vancouver or Calgary.