The food and wine you probably know about. But did you know the Okanagan features Canada’s only desert? Well, technically the Arctic is a desert but the area around Osoyoos, tucked up against the U.S. border, is what most folks think of when they conjure up images of the desert. You’ll find small cactus and large sagebrush dotting the dry landscape. Not to mention great resorts like Watermark and wonderful wineries and restaurants and lots of things to do. It’s one of my favourite areas of Canada, so here’s a collection of photos from my recent trip.
The Watermark Beach Resort is a wonderful, family friendly spot in Osoyoos, B.C. There’s a fine pool and a great beach on Osoyoos Lake, plus good food and large, condo-style units.
Miradoro is a terrific restaurant at the Tinhorn Creek Winery in Oliver, B.C. The views of the nearby vineyards are simply magical and it’s one of the most romantic spots around.
Heatstroke Cycle rents bikes and also does tours of local wineries using bikes that can be pedalled or ridden as electric bikes; a key feature given the hilly terrrain in the region. The tours are fun and engaging and the wines are outstanding.
The Osoyoos Desert Centre is a great place to learn about one of Canada’s only deserts, a harsh environment where plants and animals have learned to adapt over centuries. Truly a marvellous and educational destination.
Rustico Winery is a relaxed and fun place to try wines with names like Threesome and Farmer’s Daughter. You’ll even find a pair of Sicilian donkeys outside.
Covert Farms in Oliver offers fun tours of their organic vineyards and tasty fruit and vegatable gardens in a 1952 Mercury pickup truck. A wonderful spot to learn about agriculture and wine. The pickup truck tour can only be booked as part of a package booked with the Watermark Beach Resort: http://www.watermarkbeachresort.com/signature-experience
If you’re lucky you might be allowed to get up close and personal with some of the Scottish Highland cattle at Covert Farms.
Downtown Kelowna features a ton of sidewalk cafes and fun shops for folks needing a break from bike riding, wine tasting and desert touring.
The Hotel Eldorado is a charming spot on Kelowna’s beautiful waterfront.
Bouchons Bistro is a romantic, sexy spot in Kelowna serving fine French cuisine. Wonderful wait staff and a very Parisian feel.