Canada’s Wine Capital – Oliver, BC

Inviting parks, cycling paths, a fabulous golf course, hiking and mountain biking trails, a cultural centre the whole family will enjoy, an Arts Centre and a museum all await you in the sun filled desert community of Oliver, the Wine Capital of Canada.

Situated in the southern part of British Columbia and a short drive from the Canada/USA border, Oliver has something for everyone including a great many significant award winning wineries and vineyards from large estates to family operated artisan boutique wineries.  This semi-arid valley is filled with fruit tree orchards and well tended vineyards covering the surrounding hillsides.

Oliver’s attractive and well-tended green parks are so inviting you will want to pack a picnic just so you can enjoy them longer. In the past, Oliver tended to be forgotten because of the popularity of some of its neighbouring cities. However, that has changed a great deal in the past few years.

Oliver has become a destination with beautiful RV parks, campgrounds, and resorts offering a place for each person no matter your camping style. You will find perfect tenting sites as well as comfortable spaces for big rigs. There is a spot for everybody.  Centennial RV Park right downtown offers shady grassy sites alongside the Okanagan River running through this inviting little community.  The tourism office next to Lions Park has information that will guide you to a Resort or RV Park that will suit you perfectly.

Golfers will love the accessibility and greens of the golf courses while the kids spend the afternoon at the nearby community pool or water park. The many ball diamonds usually host ball tournaments all summer long giving everyone great entertainment.

Bring your bike, walking shoes and golf clubs.

Bring your bike because the paved and natural trails will take you past some of the famous South Okanagan wineries and orchards and even the ruins of the Tinhorn Greek Gold Mine. Don’t neglect the Ripley & Madden Lake trails, Oliver Mountain, McIntyre Bluff, Sandy Hill or Sawmill Lake where you can either walk, bike or horseback ride. The Ecological Reserve at Mahoney Lake is a protected area consisting of grasslands, saline lakes and basalt bluffs offering a very enjoyable hike.

The summers are long, hot and dry with very little precipitation and the winters are quite short and mild.  All four seasons are distinct and offer tremendous opportunity for touring, golfing, skiing, cycling and fishing.

40+ wineries in the Region

Definitely take advantage of one of the available wine tour companies and book a winery tour where you will visit some of the regions 40+ wineries and sample some of the most remarkable wines in the world. Most are within 10 minutes of the center of town and easy to find if you wish to create your own day tour. The majority are open daily for you to sample their wines, enjoy fine dining and gain an educational experience you will appreciate as you learn more about the local wine industry.

This inviting and friendly little community of 5,000 residents is proud of its natural setting, world renowned wines and its abundance of tree fruit orchards. Stand back California’s Sonoma Valley – the Wine Capital of Canada offers an experience you will never forget.

How to get there from the USA: Enter Canada at the Oroville, Washington border crossing, and follow highway 97 north past Osoyoos approximately 18 miles and you will be in downtown Oliver.  Don’t forget to check out the fruit stands and wineries along the highway. You are now in the heart of Canada’s Wine Country.

Resources:

Tourism British Columbia       Http://www.hellobc.com

Oliver Tourism                            http://www.hellobc.com/en-CA/RegionsCities/Oliver.htm

Oliver, BC                                      http://www.oliver.ca

Happy travels,

PS:  This article was previsouly published in Escapees and RVWest.

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