Local Guide

The name Summerland evokes images of warm beaches, bright blue skies, eden-like orchards and vineyards and friendly people – and that’s exactly what you will find here. With Kelowna only 45 minutes to the north and Penticton 15 minutes south, Summerland is the hub of Okanagan wine country. It’s central location and access to all Okanagan activities makes Summerland a preferred destination for wine lovers, foodies, sun worshippers, water babies and adventure seekers.

Known for its scenic beauty, waterfront fun and bounty of wine and orchards, the Okanagan Valley is one of western Canada's best year round playgrounds. Opportunities abound in our valley to experience new adventures, connect with nature and our local landscapes as well as our local people, favourite hot spots, festivals and events. We are eager for you to partake in the many activities, attractions, and events in Summerland and the Okanagan Valley BC. May the information provided here help plan a memorable Okanagan vacation.

Things to Do

People are drawn to the Okanagan for its care-free and fun-loving lifestyle, and well, the wine and weather makes you love it even more. So whether you want to go on wine tours from dawn to dusk, jet-ski around Lake Okanagan, take in a cherry orchard tour or simply laze beside the pool soaking up the sun, it is all here for you to enjoy. Activities abound year round so you can be as busy or as relaxed as you like.

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Canada's oldest wine region, the Okanagan Valley boasts 4,000 hectares of glorious vineyards. Summerland and the south Okanagan offer some of the most exciting wines and wine tour experiences in Canada. A local wine-lover's paradise can be found within minutes of the Resort on Summerland's Bottleneck Drive where 14 unique wineries will charm you.

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What would all that wine be without outstanding food to complement it? In Summerland and the Okanagan, the theme is local. From local meats, cheeses, fruit and vegetables, you can experience a dining sensation for every occasion, event and craving. One of the best places for food and drink in the Okanagan, the Local Lounge • Grille, is conveniently located next door to the Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa.

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Summerland + The Okanagan

Summerland is a quaint town of 11,000 people in the centre of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. Forty-five minutes to the north is Kelowna and Penticton is fifteen minutes to the south, putting Summerland in the midst of Okanagan splendour. Summerland is a vibrant community of artists, nature and outdoor lovers, wine-makers, fruit growers and fun-loving, friendly people. From luscious orchards to bountiful vineyards, from heritage steam trains to splashing around Lake Okanagan, the Okanagan Valley is awaiting your discovery.

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Festivals & Events in the Okanagan, BC

Summerland, BC and the neighbouring community of Penticton offer a wide array of exciting festivals and events that showcase the essence of the Okanagan valley. Whether we are celebrating wine, our fruit and harvest, our sports teams, or music and the arts, we love a great festival and event.

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Four seasons to discover the Okanagan