The South Okanagan area is located at the south end of the Okanagan Valley which is adjacent to the USA border and is about a 400 km drive east of Vancouver. The area is a favourite spot for visitors to enjoy the sunny warm summers along with the beaches, golfing, sailing, wine tasting and numerous outdoor activities. Highway 97 is the main North and South route that passes through the valley towns of Penticton, Okanagan Falls, Oliver and Osoyoos.
Penticton is situated alongside Highway 97 between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake. It is a favorite vacation spot because the semi-arid climate creates long hot, sunny summers with mild winters. During the winter there is good first-class skiing available at nearby Apex mountain. The area is well known for it’s numerous orchards and vineyards.
This town is located at the South end of Skaha Lake and derives it’s name from falls that existed on the adjacent Okanagan river but were eliminated by a flood control dam that was built on the river in the 1950s. For bird watchers the local Vaseaux lake has over 25 species (some rare) of birds that make the area home.
Oliver is located 25 km North of the USA border and is known as the Wine Capital of Canada. The area is at the Northern end of the Sonoran desert which is the only true desert area in Canada. This climate is excellent for producing grapes which are known for producing some of the best rated wines in the world.
Osoyoos is located at the junction of Highway 97 and Highway 3 and is only minutes drive to the USA border. The town’s largest economic drivers are tourism and agriculture. Osoyoos lake is alongside the town and extents into the USA. This lake is Canada’s warmest fresh water lake and is a popular destination for water and beach activities.