Rugged and dotted with lakes, the Okanagan Valley is a picturesque valley located in the southern interior of British Columbia. It is Canada’s oldest and the second largest wine region in Canada with approximately 4000 hectares of vineyards. It is also one of the warmest places in Canada which makes the spot even more attractive for the tourists.
This was one of the reasons I headed to Kelowna – a district in the Okanagan Valley. The other motif for visiting the place was the great wine tasting experience many of my friends had there before. So I chose September to visit the Okanagan Valley as I consider this is the best month of the year – it is still warm, but not extremely hot and the nights are a bit chilly. I had luck with the choice I made because in September the grapes and apples are being harvested and nearly 100 wineries open their doors for wine tastings. Looking the map, I picked up a wine route that took me to the south of Kelowna and did tastings at Tantalus, Summerhill, St. Hubertus and Cedar Creek. Each winery had its own produced wines that I loved and I did not like so much. However, I caught myself buying things from each one of them. After so much wine tasting it is somehow normal to feel yourself dizzy but do not worry there are a quite a few tour companies that will drive you – drink/drive is definitely not an option.
The great thing about Okanagan Valley is that I had a wide range of restaurants to choose from. However, my most favourites became the Tin Horn Creek and Liquidity which offers gorgeous daytime views. Church and State and Painted Rock have amazing wines in equally spectacular settings.
If you are not a kind of a wine lover, Okanagan Valley is still one of the best places to visit and relax. I can highly recommend biking and driving through this picturesque area and still visiting some of the restaurant overlooking Okanagan Lake. I am sure, you will enjoy the view and the food – just fantastic. During the summer months, visitors are offered countless sandy beaches, hot sun, and a variety of outdoor and water activities. Okanagan Lake, on the other side, provides the valley not only with excellent swimming but is also a spectacular backdrop to the golf courses. Every tourist can use paved back roads for bird watching and get to see wildlife on occasion.
So, just pick up a reason and visit Okanagan Valley. You will not regret it…ever!