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 Welcome Sign
  • 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 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 AccommodationsFortune Motel

At Fortune Motel our rooms have been recently renovated with new furnishings and fixtures providing our guests with a clean, comfortable, modern environment. Our room prices, however are still affordable.

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsWells Gray Golf Resort & RV Park

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

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsWillow Tree Bed and Breakfast

Spacious Luxury Suite, Kitchen, 3pc bathroom, Laundry, Fireplace, Flat Screen HD TV, Free WiFi, Queen Size Bed, Large Private Deck, BBQ, Firepit for Guest use. Parking Available. Complimentary bottle of wine and bedside chocolates

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Okanagan-Shuswap AccommodationsDelta Grand Okanagan Resort & Conference Centre

Ranked among the Top Waterfront Hotels in Canada Spectacular lakefront property in downtown Kelowna, with health club, European spa, pool, florist, babysitting, para-sailing, float plane tours. 390 guest rooms, villas and suites

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsLumby Golf Club

The Lumby Golf Club has been in operation for 50 years and is still run by volunteers and this year has a membership of approximately 30 members.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsSumac Ridge Estate Winery

As B.C.’s first operating estate winery, our goal has been to take the finest grapes from the Southern Okanagan Valley and craft them into delicious wines you’ll be proud to serve at your table.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsHerder Winery & Vineyards

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsDesert Hills Estate Winery

With five vineyards & 85 acres under vine all in the Southern Okanagan. Desert Hills is situated in the finest grape growing region in Canada. We have three vineyards on the famous Black Sage Bench, one vineyard near Penticton & one in Osoyoos.

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Okanagan-Shuswap Travel & AttractionsHertz Rent A Car

Great cars. Great rates. Great Srvice. Hertz is the preferred car rental company of CAA. Free customer pickup & return, Unlimited km rates. One-way rentals. daily, weekly, weekend rates.

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