This 750 word article describes this beautiful British Columbia valley, ending with "If You Go" information


By Pam Hobbs

"Our region is recommended for anyone who enjoys being in paradise. Life's a picnic of beaches and peaches during our endless summers...." So begins a highway storyboard welcoming visitors to the Okanagan Valley, a year-round super-scenic vacationland covering 110 miles (l75 km) from Vernon to Osoyoos, in a region roughly halfway between Calgary and Vancouver.

The advertisement doesn't lie. It doesn't even exaggerate, for this is a place endowed with hundreds of lakes and silken beaches a climate as friendly as its people, rodeos and regattas and wine festivals, and more sunshine than Hawaii. There are lakeside resorts and holiday villages on mountain tops. Wineries to tour, hot springs to soak in, and golfing in the blossom-filled valley as skiers rejoice in thick fluffy snow on upper mountain slopes.

It is possible to drive through the valley in a day, but I don't recommend it. A better idea is to come for a week, or two, enjoy some fishing or houseboating, camping in the provincial parks.... etc, etc.

GETTING THERE: Driving time from Calgary or Vancouver to Kelowna, about midway through the valley, is approximately six hours. For more information about the Okanagan Valley, visit Tourism British Columbia's website: and follow the links to Thompson Okanagan