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The Okanagan Lake Region is nestled in the bottom part of British Columbia, Canada. The Region includes the Okanagan Lake, forests, and mountains, making it a home for a variety of local attractions. The most popular attraction in the area is the Big White Ski Resort. The Resort is located on top of a mountain, and allows tourists to ski and snowboard during the winter months.[3] The most prominent feature that the Region is known for is its diverse landscape. The Region circles the Okanagan Lake, which offers guests the opportunity to swim, canoe, and picnic at the beachside. Around the lake there are numerous forests with thick trees. Tourists enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and taking pictures. Large mountains surround the Region, promising a beautiful sight, and skiing in the winter.[7] The major cities in the Region are Kelowna, Pentiction, and Vernon. The climate of the Region is known for being consistent, only dropping temperature in the winter and rising temperature in the summer. On average, the temperatures of the area are in the 40-60 degree range (Fahrenheit). The geography ranges from lakes, to mountains to woods. It is a very diverse area, which guarantees plenty of things to do.[7]

What Kelowna is known for

The Okanagan Lake Region is known for its temporate year-round weather, high-class vineyards, and original restaurant scene. There are many ski slopes and family-friendly beaches that attract many tourists. Okanagan Lake itself is a trendy tourist spot, offering guests the chance to swim, kayak, and sail. There are dozens of wineries in the area that all offer wine tasting and vineyard tours. The region provides a lot of fine dining options, as well as casual dining. The area is known for its selection of food, which caters to a wide range of preferences.[1] 

It is estimated that 1.9 million tourists visit the Okanagan Lake Region annually. According to local hotel capacities, the peak season of tourism is between the months of July and September every year. However, the area is known for its consistent weather all year round, so tourism rates are relatively constant throughout all seasons. Most people who visit the region come from other areas of Canada. Only about 20% of tourists come from the United States or other countries.[6] One of the region's biggest attractions is the Big White Ski Resort. The resort is on top of a mountain and has over 110 trails for skiing and snowboarding. Big White was first established in 1963. The construction of the Kelowna International airport in the 1950s sparked a lot of new tourism in the region. Because visitors loved the snowy mountains, local businessmen Cliff Serwa and Doug Mervyn decided to open Big White to allow tourists to try their hand at skiing. Since then, the resort has gained over ten ski lifts, a lodge, restaurants, and of course, the slopes.[3] 

Other popular attractions in the area include Davison's Orchard and Quail's Gate Winery. At Davison Orchards, guests can purchase fresh produce or homemade baked goods. On-site, there is a farm area open for kids with plenty of agricultural activities and a petting zoo. Their overall mission is to farm using sustainable methods and educate visitors on earth-conscious produce.[2] Quails' Gate Winery is a local vineyard that makes its own wines. Tourists can take a tour with tastings included, purchase wines, and dine in the on-site restaurants.[4] 

The products the area produces and distributes is mainly wine. Vineyards and wineries are very popular in the area, and locally crafted wines are shipped and sold worldwide. The Okanagan Lake Region is also home to a large juice manufacturing company, Sun-Rype. The fruit juices produced there can be found in grocery stores all across Canada. Most of what the area produces is fun experiences for tourists and families. Because of the plentiful landscape, fishing, boating, hiking, and biking are very popular. The service industry and tourism industry employs most locals and brings in close to 1 billion dollars every year. A large town within the Region, Kelowna, houses the 11th largest international airport as well.


The Okanagan Lake Region is mountainous with forests, lakes, and small cities. The region is just north of the United States, in the southernmost section of British Columbia. It spans vertically from the top of Okanagan Lake in Vernon, down to just above the city of Osoyoos. Horizontally, the Region ends at the Eastern edge of the Granby Provincial Park (including the entire Park) and spans westward. The western boundary cuts roads 97C and 3 in half, in the middle of a wooded and mountainous landscape. The main cities within the region include Kelowna, Penticton, and Vernon. The entire Okanagan Lake is included in the region, as well as the entire Granby Provincial Park, which is a large forest recreational area. 

The Okanagan Lake Region is known for its consistent year-round weather. However, the winter months tend to be colder, and the summer months get much warmer. The average temperature is between 40-60 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter months, the temperatures drop to around 20-30 degrees, and in the summer, temperatures rise to 70-90 degrees. Peak tourist season is between the months of July-September where the weather is between 60-90 degrees. The region gets approximately 15 inches of precipitation every year. It is estimated that one-fifth of that is snow in the months of December and January.[7] 

The prominent agriculture in the Okanagan Lake Region is the farming of vineyards to produce wine. Wine tours are popular for tourists and locals alike, and each winery produces and sells it's own wine. Often, their products are shipped throughout the world.[7] Animals that are native to the Region include bears, coyotes, deer, cougars, and geese. Birding is very popular in the region because many bird species can be spotted during the summer season. The area is home to thousands of plant species, especially a lot of native flowers. Lilies, sunflowers, and buttercups line the hillsides. Near the lakes and mountains, pine and oak trees stand tall. Herbs like mint and oregano also grow in parts of the region, mostly in wooded areas.


The first settlers in the Okanagan Lake Region were the Syilx people. The descendants of those settlers still populate a majority of the cities to this day. When European missionaries came to the area to preach for the Roman Catholic Church, they decided to stay. Just as with the Syilx, their European descendants remain in the area today. Over the years, people of all ethnicities have migrated to the area for work and environmental reasons, but most people are of Syilx or European descent. [7]

One of the region's biggest attractions is the Big White Ski Resort. The Resort is on top of a mountain and has over 110 trails for skiing and snowboarding. Big White was first established in 1963. The construction of the Kelowna International airport in the 1950s sparked a lot of new tourism in the region. Because visitors loved the snowy mountains, local businessmen Cliff Serwa and Doug Mervyn decided to open Big White to allow tourists to try their hand at skiing. Since then, the resort has grown substantially in size. It is a main tourist attraction in the region and showcases the natural beauty of the area. Today around 300,000 people reside within the Region.[7] 

The first people to inhabit the Okanagan Lake Region were the indigenous Syilx people. Their settlement's exact date is unknown, but historians estimate that they populated it over 9,000 years ago. Descendants of the Syilx people still live there today and make up a majority of the local population. The first Europeans to settle in the area came in 1859, with the mission to spread their beliefs in the Roman Catholic Church. Over the years, the city has modernized with the times while still maintaining nearby natural formations and landscapes. [7]

The region was named after the large Okanagan Lake, which is where settlers started the first cities. Many of the main cities within the area lie right next to the lake. Bridges, buildings, and skyscrapers began to be built in the area and continue to be made today. Most recently, the tallest skyscraper in the Region (36 stories) was completed early in 2021. Most of the significant events that have occurred in the area are forest fires. Because of the thick woods and the hot summer months, forest fires are not rare in the region but have always been kept away from the main towns. The people in the area focus on the tourist industry and maintaining wildlife to last for centuries to come.[7] 

The Okanagan Lake Region is based around Okanagan Lake, which has had over 46 variant spellings through the years. To this day, the lake is spelled "Okanogan Lake" in America. The name has always remained the same, but explorers of different descents and languages all spelled it differently. Many locals tell the folk tale of "Ogopogo," the Lake monster of Okanagan Lake. Though there have never been pictures of the monster, several residents have claimed to see the monster swimming in the lake.[10]


The Cormier's Studio Bed and Breakfast is located in Penticton, British Columbia. This ninety-mile valley is filled with over three hundred wineries and orchards. The bed and breakfast is a two-story building with all of the guest rooms on the entry-level. The building was remodeled in 2019 and features modern architecture. Three rooms are available for reservation at Cormier's Studio Bed and Breakfast. Breakfast is brought to the guest's room every morning with coffee and pastries. There is a two-night minimum at each room in Cormier's Studio Bed and Breakfast.

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Alexandria House Bed and Breakfast

West Kelowna, British Columbia

Alexandria House Bed and Breakfast

Alexandria House Bed & Breakfast is located in West Kelowna and is found close to Okanagan Lake and Shannon Lake. There are two rooms that can be reserved throughout the year, though if one is committed by a group, the other one is unavailable until the claimed suite is no longer in use. Breakfast is provided to guests each morning. A few other amenities located on the property include a hot tub, gazebo, and patio. Shannon Lake is found nearby and allows patrons to go fishing and boating as well. The owners of the business would like their visitors to feel “at home.” Suzanne, one of the owners, explains that the bed and breakfast is “adult-oriented” and typically does not have any features that children would be able to use. Suzanne and her husband opened the business in 2000 and have been running it ever since.

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The Peachland Eagles Nest Bed and Breakfast is located in Peachland, British Columbia. The property looks out over the Okanagan Lake and backs up to the bush country of British Columbia. There are four separate rentals at the bed and breakfast. Orchard House can sleep up to seven people and is separate from the rest of the suites. The Treehouse and Blue Horizon Suites are in the same house but on different levels. Each suite has a private entrance, full kitchen, and private deck with views of the nearby villages, forest, and lake. The property is open year-round, with a rise in guests during the summer months. Children are only permitted at Orchard House and the glamping site on the property. There is ample parking on the two-acre property, with space for additional cars and boat trailers.

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Telemark Ridge Lodge & Wellness Retreat is located in Coldstream, British Columbia. The property has two guest accommodations available for guests to stay. One is called the Thai Tranquility room, and the other is the Serengeti Serenity Room. These names are a reflection of the lodge's culture the owners try to create. A unique feature of the inn is the waterfall and koi pond that reside on its grounds. Nearby the inn are an abundance of natural attractions, something the British Columbia Canadian province is known for—such as its pacific coastlines and mountain ranges. Perhaps the most notable of these nearby attractions is the Kalamalka Lake, famous for its vast spectrum of blue-esque colors that change over the year.

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A View of the Lake Bed and Breakfast is an adults-only establishment located in Kelowna, British Columbia, on a hill overlooking both the city and Okanagan Lake, as the name would suggest. There are a total of four suites that guests can reserve, with the most popular being the Grand View Suite due to its panoramic views. Each room features Wi-Fi connectivity, an en suite bathroom, and a 500-square-foot living area with chairs to sit in. Breakfast is served each morning by Steve, one of the owners of the bed and breakfast, who is an executive chef. This breakfast contains three courses and is often directly mentioned in guest reviews of the bed and breakfast. Chrissy, the house’s other owner, says that many guests have come for activities in the area, such as visiting local wineries, hiking on nearby trails, or going out on Okanagan Lake.

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