Discover the "Napa of the North"
The Okanagan Valley is nicknamed "The Napa of the North" for the many world-class wineries in the region. The region is also one of Canada’s top recreational destinations, offering opportunities for hiking, water sports and biking, to name just a few.
Almost all of British Columbia’s wine comes from the Okanagan region. Distinct micro-climates created by the valley’s lakes, hot, sandy desert soils of the south, and the deep top soil in the cooler north help ensure a diversity of wines.
The many lakes in the region are ideal for water recreation, including sailing, paddle boating, kayaking, fresh water fishing or canoeing, or for just relaxing at the beach. One such lake, Kalamalka Lake, is nicknamed the “lake of a thousand colours.” Situated eight kilometers southeast of Vernon, this largely undeveloped provincial park boasts plenty of wildlife and is a great place for bird-watching.
For a special, one-of-a-kind place to stay, try Sparkling Hill Resort. This European-inspired hotel and wellness centre is nestled in the mountains near Vernon, British Columbia, and overlooks Lake Okanagan. Offering a range of services and amenities unprecedented in North America, Sparkling Hill has twice received Tripadvisor’s Certificate of Excellence and was named a 2012 Fodor’s Top 100 Hotel in the trendsetter category.