Okanagan-Shuswap, British Columbia Visitors Tips



Houseboating and watersports at Salmon Arm

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 AccommodationsAlpineMotor Inn

Quiet location with panoramic views. Executive & honeymoon suites have in-room jacuzzis and fireplaces. Guest laundry, free movies. near downtown, Cariboo College. Pets on approval. Cancellation policy: one day.

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsAlexandria House Bed & Breakfast

Warm hospitality in our air-conditioned home. Enjoy the soothing sound of the water fall in the park like garden.

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsTravelodge Salmon Arm BC

AAA 3 diamonds, with 38 heated/air-conditioned rooms, queen size beds, located on Trans -Canada Highway. Joey's Only full service r seafood restaurant open 11:00 to 22:00

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsOxbow RV Resort

Situated just across from Skaha Lake and Park where there are numerous water and land activities. Oxbow RV Resort is just minutes from shopping malls and downtown Penticton.

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsMountain Nest

As you wind your way up to your accommodation, don't be surprised to see Quail crossing your path, Stellar Jays and Magpies perched on the pines.

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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 & AttractionsBlue Mountain Vineyards & Cellars

The 26-hectare winery overlooking Vaseaux Lake, has supplying grapes to other wineries since 1971, and produced under its own label since 1991. It produces Pinot Noir, Gamay Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc and Chardonnay wines. Wine shop.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsTownship 7 Vineyards and Winery

our Fraser Valley winery is set in a lush agricultural landscape, surrounded by green vistas and the occasional trot by of an equine explorer.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsLacarya Golf Course & R V Park

The Lacarya (pronounced La-car-i-a) Golf Course, which opened its greens and fairways for public play in 1988, is located on the Yellowhead Highway about 8km south of Clearwater. The course is a creation of Stan Saari, who designed and buil

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsSandhill Wines

Each bottle of Sandhill wine is made from grapes that come from one of six unique BC vineyards. Each vineyard possesses a unique combination of soil composition, slope, sun exposure and drainage.

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