If you are an avid traveler trying to update your bucket list for the places you have travelled so far, you may still feel that there is more to do. I have been traveling across the globe for many years now and there may have been a flurry of things that motivated me to arrange the trips. Who can deny the pleasure you seek from traveling to open spaces, areas of solitude, moving to unknown locations aimlessly, and getting ready to face the hassles of those trips that involved several hardships? If you ask me to name a place that I have recently traveled to, it would be British Columbia. Surely, it was not a hardcore trip, as I was summoned by my long-time friend to visit the Okanagan Valley.
One of the reasons why this trip sounded appealing to me was the outdoor traveling activities. With a comfortable climate throughout the year and plenty of vineyards and orchards around, everything about this place seemed charming. No wonder my friend has already started exploring Summerland houses for sale situated on the western side of the beautiful Okanagan Lake to settle to seek life’s pleasures in this quaint location.
Here are my top 11 things to do in the Okanagan Valley during a trip.
The Okanagan diaries
Traveling in the Okanagan Valley will offer you tons of activities you will truly treasure. Get strolling alongside the lake or enjoy sunbathing beside the water. We packed our valises. Ready to go off on a jaunt.
1. Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
The first day of our trip included a trip to Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory known across the world. It is undoubtedly one of the unique destinations not only in BC but in Canada. A self-guided tour to this facility sufficed, but if you want, you may also take a guided tour and enjoy glimpses of natural beauty around from here.
2. Northern Winery in Larch Hills
If you are a wine lover and heard about the wineries in the region of BC, you can hardly leave the Larch Hills without sipping wine. Get dressed in woollens as the northern is cooler than the other regions. Enjoy drinking wine in the tasting room, explore the varieties they stock, and love the mesmeric scenery.
3. Walk on the longest wooden wharf
My traveling experiences have kept me in shape and I enjoyed walking on the longest wooden wharf and loved listening to its history. It is arguably among the best locations In the Okanagan valley. We had to hurry a bit as my friend has to go for visiting land for sale Summerland BC while jogging the options of constructing a home there instead of buying a readymade house. I was gradually feeling motivated to own a home in Summerland and both of us ended up visiting one of the best-known community developers in the area, Hunters Hill. They have been designing glorious communities to make living more fascinating in this beautiful location.
4. Lavender Herb Farm in Okanagan
The Lavender Herb Farm in Okanagan is a visual treat for those travelers who prefer sneaking into the traditional craft of preparing lavender oil. Keen to explore farm boutique options? This has to be one of the places you will love to explore.
5. Take a U-turn toward an orchard
Okanagan Valley is also a fruit lover’s paradise and those who love picking fresh vegetables for their meals. Doesn’t it sound amazing? You might as well explore the best place to live in Okanagan in case you have money to invest and get the pleasure to buy fruits like peaches, apples, apricot, and cherries. Visit the orchard during the season of ripe.
6. Enjoy a ride in the steam railway at Kettle Valley
If you never had the opportunity to enjoy a ride on the Steam Railway, do not miss a trip to Kettle Valley. Experience the trip of a lifetime as the train whistles through the beautiful vineyards, orchards, and views of the lake region and the other areas.
7. Visit the lakeside Ellison National Park
Not many people come to visit this location located on Okanagan Lake. It takes no more than just 20 minutes to travel to the park from the lake. If you prefer less crowded places and the beach areas, go for short-trail hiking or enjoy paddle boarding on the lake.
8. Skiing in Silver Star Mountain Resort
No matter when you make a trip to the luscious Okanagan valley, climbing up to enjoy skiing in the mountain should be one of the activities on your to-do list. The ski field is magnificent and you will love hitting the slopes in that region.
9. Starlight Drive-in Theatre
This one is Enderby and one of the last ones among the drive-in theatres to take pleasure in. I enjoyed taking a break and watching a film here while my friend was as usual on his ongoing house-hunting trip exploring homes for sale Summerland. It seemed nothing would stop him from owning a house in this valley where life rolls down on a scenic vehicle.
10. Enjoying water sports activities
After a pretty long trail of sightseeing, I decided to stoop down and go for water sports activities. I was fortunate enough to engage in some fun time wakeboarding and tubing. So, during the trip to Okanagan Valley, I decided to head out for some real fun. You can also rent out boats on days when the water is calm.
11. Hiking in Paul’s Tomb
If the name sounds scary shed off your fear and visit a hot favourite destination that the locals in Summerland love. Enjoy some amazing views from this area and enjoy the beautiful story behind it. What’s more, there is a surprise at the end and that is a beautiful and secluded beach where you can sit for hours to relax and have fun.
Are you feeling drawn to the activities and sightseeing in the Okanagan Valley? For people like me obsessed with travel, Okanagan was among the most gifted places I visited. Thanks to my friend for settling down in this paradisiacal location as it has gradually turned into a home for hundreds of people keen to settle down in British Columbia. Before you head off to explore the gorgeous Okanagan Valley, make sure you are well prepared and carry travel essentials to enjoy yourself thoroughly.
Ferona Jose is a passionate travel writer and blogger at Travelistia. She has traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas. Her writing focuses on cheap travel destinations, travel experiences, cultural insights, and travel hacks.