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Why Visit Okanagan & Shuswap Lakes?

The Okanagan is famous for its wineries from Vernon in the north all the way to Oliver & Osoyoos just north of the American border. Shuswap Lake is the houseboating capital of Canada, with over a thousand kilometers of shoreline surrounded by rugged mountain peaks. The waterways are well-known for their salmon runs. In the winter, the area's mountains are home to a number of top skiing and snowboarding resorts.

Sightseeing Suggestions

Here are some quick suggestions for visitors with limited time in the area: The schedule is only a suggestion -- you may have more fun, or wish to take more time than mentioned below.

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One Day Stay

To capture the essence of this city, here are suggestions for your first day (especially if its your only day) in the Okanagan. Starting at the northern end, here are the things you should make an effort to see:

  • Sicamous, the narrows that join Shuswap and Mara Lake, home to hundreds of houseboats
  • Kalamalka Lake Lookout, just south of Vernon has a great view of this beautiful lake
  • Without picking favourites, stop at any of the 20 wineries in the valley. All offer free samples (to those over 19) and many offer tours. The first is Grey Monk, beetween Vernon and Kelowna, and you'll see them every few miles down to the US border.
  • Kelowna's City Park, downtown just east of the Floating Bridge offers great waterfront views and a pretty downtown shopping district on Bernard Street.
  • Knox Mountain Park, north of downtown on Ellis Street, offers great views up and down the Lake.
  • Giant's Head Mountain, just above the town of Summerland, looks like a Giant's Head, and has a road and then a short hiking trail to the top
  • Penticton's Okanagan Beach, Main Street shopping district, and Skaha Beach on the south of town are a tight visual feast for visitors. (There are several wineries north of Penticton on the eastern shore of Okanagan Lake.)
  • If you have time left, be sure to head down to Osoyoos, just north of the USA border, to see the only true desert in Canada, and a banana tree orchard!
  • From here you would catch the Number 3 highway, either heading east through the Crowsnest Pass into Alberta or west through Manning Park into the Lower Mainland.

A Longer Stay

If you are able to spend more time in the area, there are many things to see and do, depending on your interests. Check out all the Okanagan Area Attractions, organized by category or each of the communities.

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Okangaan-Shuswap Accommodation & Attractions

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Here are some of the hotels, motels, campgrounds, and lodges/cottages to be found along the Trans Canada Highway:

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsRelax at Salmon Arm Camping Resort

Stay our our wonderful campground, and enjoy the great outdoors… see our website for details

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsSuper 8 West Kelowna BC

With free SuperStart continental breakfast buffet, free Wi-Fi Internet access, in room coffee and tea, indoor pool, hot tub and fitness room. Pets OK,

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsRAMADA Hotel & Conference Centre Kelowna

135 deluxe rooms & suites, 8 meeting rooms,catering, HDTV, WIFI, Swimming Pool & more at the Ramada Hotel & Conference Centre in downtown Kelowna

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsRamada Kamloops

Panoramic view overlooking valley. 90 air conditioned rooms with queen or king beds, kitchens.Licensed resta4ruant, rooftop lounge. Small pets ok 10; CP 48 hrs.

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsWest Bay Beach Resort

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsAspen Grove Golf Club

Challenging but easy walking course, with 3 water holes and 5 sand traps. At 1597 yards, Aspen Grove Golf Club has excellent length over its 9 holes - surprising for a par 27 layout.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsSpirit Rock Climbing Center

Test your climbing skill on a variety of climbing walls and courses, to prepare yourself for great recreation in a scenic outdoor environment, or enjoy climbing indoors when the weather gets rough. Individuals and groups bookings are both welcome.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsCherryville Golf & Roadhouse Cafe

This 9-hole, 2,650-yard golf course is near the Shuswap River, between Lumby and Cherryville. Play two rounds for a par-70 game

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsBurrowing Owl Vineyards

Located in the town of Oliver in the South Okanagan region of British Columbia. Burrowing Owl Estate Winery produces premium VQA wines and also has an 11 room guest house, a wine shop and a fine-dining restaurant on site.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsOkanagan Golf Club The

Quail course Designed by Les Fuber, this championship layout is beautifully sculpted and inspiring. bear course Designed by Jack Nicklaus Golden Bear Design.

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