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. Check out Summerland Resort's Summer Experiences Program - FREE for all guests
Oliver & Osoyoos Wineries
Oliver and Osoyoos, in the southerly end of the Okanagan valley, is home to 31 grape growers and winemakers united in a common vision: to grow fruit and make wines reflective of our distinct South Okanagan character, while taking care of the lands in our charge. There are many sub-regions within this area such as The Black Sage Bench features 21 wineries including Blasted Church, Jackson Triggs, Burrowing Owl, Osoyoos Larose. The Golden Mile is another sub-region in this area and is home to Inniskillin, Hester Creek, Gehringer. Just north is Okanagan Falls with another 21 excellent wineries.
Over 30 wineries are located in Kelowna with well over 200 wineries in the whole Okanagan Valley region. The sun-drenched valley surrounding Kelowna is dotted with farm-gate wineries too, where each vintage is lovingly bottled by hand. All wineries offer wine tasting. Wine tours can last from 20 minutes to an hour, depending on the winery. Some familiar wineries include; Mission Hill, Quail's Gate, Gray Monk and Summerhill, to name a few.
Big White Ski Resort
Big White Ski Resort, or simply Big White, is located 56 km southeast of Kelowna, a 45 minute drive from the Resort. It is the highest summiet in the Okanagan Highland. The ski resort is at 7,609 feet with a vertical drop of 2,549 feet serviced by 16 lifts. The Resort's village offers a variety of restaurants, bars and shops.
Naramata Bench Wineries
Located near Penticton in the Southern Okanagan, the Naramata Bench is home to 24 wineries that are situated above sweeping sand cliffs that rise from Okanagan Lake, with vineyards that gently slope up to the mountains behind, hence the name “The Naramata Bench.” Each winery on The Bench has their own specialties and philosophies of wine-making, but what they all share is a commitment to quality in their wine-making, and a belief that authentic wine experiences should be offered in a friendly and relaxed manner.
Skaha Bluffs, Penticton
Skaha Bluffs is a true gem in the crown of BC rock climbing, with almost 1000 routes on some outstanding edgy gneiss rock in the warm Okanagan Valley. With one of the longest climbing seasons in Canada, Skaha is a world renowned climbing destination for all levels of climber. Located in a Provincial Park the area provides a variety of recreation opportunities including hiking and wildlife viewing while also protecting habitat for a variety of species at risk. Families and children will love the rock climbing experience with HooDoo Adventures who also offer other outdoor guided experiences.
Cycling in the Okanagan largely takes place on Highway #97 but the nice thing about cycling in Summerland is the beautiful stretch of paved road on Lakeshore Drive where the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa is located. Head south from the Resort to Penticton along the shore of Lake Okanagan for refreshing scenery or head north for more of an uphill challenge. Road cycling is a very popular activity in the Okanagan Valley. Whether you are participating in the GranFondo or touring the wineries of Bottleneck drive with pedal power, there are many discoveries to be had. GIRO OKANAGAN offers excellent touring of the Okanagan by bike to experience the local food, wine and sights.
Okanagan’s premier Adventure Tour Company offering award winning experiences for the adventurous at heart. Hoodoo Adventures is recognized internationally for their unique Kayak and Bicycle wine tours. They also offer Hiking Tours, Outdoor Skills Courses, Unique Corporate Team Days, Rappelling, Guided Outdoor Climbing, and they now have an awesome 2000 sq ft indoor Climbing/Bouldering gym. Hoodoo Adventures also facilitates youth adventure full day activities in the summer season for kids who want to experience climbing to kayaking.
Summer Resort Arts Program
Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa
Artist Workshops & Artist in Residence Programs
The Okanagan provides wonderful inspiration for exceptional artwork and learning opportunities. Join us at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa for our Artist Workshops programs. These programs are offered on select dates in July and August. Click on link below for detailed dates and information.
Summerland Trout Hatchery
This hatchery is the only trout hatchery that relies on spring water as all others in the province use groundwater by way of pumps. Our Visitor Centre provides tours that include viewing live fish in and outdoors, videos, a colouring station for kids, and learning where to fish around the area. Our hatchery is full of information on fish, where and how to angle, and conservation.
Summer Resort Experiences Program
Our Experiences Team is onsite to help you make the most of your Okanagan vacation. They have lined up a variety of experiences through July, August and September to entertain, learn something new, and most of all create vacation memories. Enjoy a variety of activities and events including; Daily Kids & Tween Club, Campfire, Stories & Songs night, Throwback Thursdays, Cinema Sundays, Wine Tasting Wednesdays, Artists workshops and so much more! Our summer experiences programs are designed for all ages and most are free for all guests.
Parrot Island Sanctuary
Parrot Island is a unique sanctuary for abandoned and abused exotic birds. They are located in beautiful Peachland, B.C. in the sunny Okanagan Valley. A visit to Parrot Island Sanctuary is sure to delight the children and bring a stronger sense of understanding these beautiful birds.
Summerland Sweets produces a wide variety of fruit-based jams, syrups, jellies and candies and is a must see for all visitors. Summerland Sweets also houses an ice cream parlour and Sleeping Giant Fruit Winery.
Beyond Wrapture Day Spa
Summerland Waterfront Resort
Offering the best in personal pampering, therapeutic shanghai massage, facials, manicures, pedicures and even vino-therapy treatments. Beyond Wrapture is the perfect complement to your Summerland getaway or preparing for a special occasion or wedding.
Lake Okanagan Boat Cruise
Join us for a narrated Scenic Cruise, a romantic Dinner Cruise, or for one of our excitingEvents. We are in Wine Country! Experience our fabulous Wine-Tasting Cruises where award-winning wines meet fine local cuisine. Or Charter the Casabella Princess for your party and create lasting memories for all your guests
Loco Landing Adventure Park
Penticton's favourite spot for fun with the kids. Loco Landing features mini golf, bumper boats, ropes course, go carts, canon balls, rock climbing and much more. They also have a fantastic ice cream stand.
Okanagan ATV Tours
Don’t be afraid to get dirty! An ATV tour is one of the most exciting and exclusive ways to explore the picturesque Okanagan countryside and wildernesses. Okanagan ATV tours offers a variety of excursions for all confidence levels, whether you want to cruise gently along scenic paths or rip through backcountry trails.
Summerland Museum & Heritage Society
The Museum’s mandate is to preserve and promote Summerland’s history through collections, displays, educational activities and outreach programs of various kinds. Here you will find a variety of artifacts, photo galleries, indoor and outdoor exhibits, even programs for children and ongoing research activities.
The Ornamental Gardens, located 5 minutes from the Resort, feature stunning flowers, plants and landscaping all in one exceptional showpiece. Stroll the pathways and take in the amazing work of Mother Nature and the local people who have created and tend to these for everyone's enjoyment.
Lakeshore Fitness & Health
Located beside the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, Lakeshore Fitness & Health offers a variety of drop-in classes including spin, circuit training, pilates, yoga and a work out gym.
SWR Boat Rentals
Summerland Waterfront Resort
Offering a fleet of quality watercraft including Katana and Malibu boats, Crest Pontoon boats, Yamaha wave runners, kayaks, canoes and pedal boats SWR is the perfect start to your on the lake adventure. If you prefer a mainland experience why not try one of our Yamaha scooters to tour the sights and attractions of Summerland.
Summerland Golf & Country Club
Drenched in sunshine overlooking Trout Creek Canyon and the Okanagan Valley is the Summerland Golf and Country Club. Discover Summerland’s pristine setting and the unprecedented value it offers to members, green fee players and tournaments alike. Conveniently located, the clubhouse looks out onto a panoramic view of the golf course and also overlooks the Okanagan Valley. The large 1,500 sq. ft. balcony directly overlooks the 9th green allowing a firsthand view of golfers attempting to conquer this 500 yard par 5.
Tennis & Squash
Summerland Lakeshore Raquets Club
Located next door to the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, the Lakeshore Racquets Club is a thriving tennis and squash club available for complimentary use for Resort guests only. Please visit the Front Desk at the Summerland Resort to collect your key fob. The Club is a registered non-profit society run by its members on a volunteer basis. They provide a full calendar of events like tournament and social and a wide variety on ongoing programs for all ages and abilities. Their facilities are open year-round and include three well-maintained tennis courts that are lighted for night play, and three heated squash courts. The clubhouse includes a spacious lounge and change rooms.
The trails west of the Summerland town site offer some of the best single track riding in the Okanagan. There are a few shuttle routes that drop approx 3000 feet which are really fun to ride if you are seeking an adrenaline boost. Summerland also offers rolling trails for those seeking a more subdued ride - especially along the Trans Canada Trail (formerly the Kettle Valley Railway). For guided mountain biking and cycling tours, Hoodoo Adventures are the specialists.
Zipzone Adventure Park
Earning rave reviews from practically everyone who’s tried it, the zipline adventures at zip zone offer an experience of the Okanagan that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Soar at high speed, hundreds of feet above the ground, across canyons and gorges. Don’t worry, it’s perfectly safe, and incredibly thrilling! Just 15 minutes from the Resort
Nixdorf Classic Car & Car Museum
Nixdorf Classic Car Museum boasts a facility showing off over 70 vehicles including a muscle car collection. Each car has a display of background information, condition of the car and when it was purchased. Nixdorf also offers cars for rent for special occasions and wine tours.
Summerland Art Gallery (SAG)
The Summerland Community Arts Council is active in promoting and facilitating awareness and appreciation of the arts in Summerland BC. They offer a variety of programs, events and their downtown art gallery showcases a collection of local works.
Kettle Valley Railway
The Kettle Valley Steam Railway showcases a unique part of the Okanagan’s and British Columbia’s history. Built during 1910- 1915, the KVR “Kootenay to Coast Connection” powered our pioneer fruit industry into world markets, transported our families on vacations and errands; created employment, hobos and stories that will be with us forever. The KVR operates throughout the summer months of mid May to mid October. Additional trains run for Easter, Mother's Day and Christmas holiday season starting mid December.
Summerland offers countless opportunities for walking or hiking outings that are suited for those looking for a leisurely stroll to higher elevation hikes. Shoreline Path & Boardwalk - Starting at the Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa lining the shore of Lake Okanagan, this paved path is approximately 3 kms. This paved path takes you from the Boardwalk at the Resort and north through Rotary Beach, Summerland Pier, Peach Orchard playground and open field and it ends by the boat launch. If you wish to carry on, the path goes through a residential area an additional 6 kms to Crescent Beach. Giants Head Mountain & Trans Canada Trail - Get high above it all in Summerland on Giant's Head Mountain - a popular location for stunning views and good heart-pounding exercise. Summerland offers a wide range of hikes from flat trails to the historic Trans Canada trail.
Sumac Ridge Golf Club
For the Novice, Sumac Ridge Golf and Country Club offers a nine-hole, Par 28 course offering spectacular views of Okanagan Lake. The perfect course for those who prefer a shorter game. Amenities include a pro shop and restaurant. Sumac Ridge Estate Winery and the Cellar Door Bistro are located right next door… celebrate your game with a wine sample and winery tour.
Experience Summerland’s new wine route among the unique, pastoral hills of Summerland, surrounded by beautiful scenery. Visit Bottleneck Drive’s eleven highly awarded wineries.
Ask for the Bottleneck Drive Wine Route Map at the Summerland or Penticton Visitor Centers or simply follow the wine trail signs through Summerland.
Penticton Golf & Country Club
The Penticton Golf and Country Club is an 18-hole course. We are proud to have one of the best conditioned golf courses in the Okanagan Valley and it offers a variety of challenges for all players. The fairways are narrow, there is water in play on twelve holes, and well placed bunkers protect the greens. You will need to bring a strong wedge game and a solid putting stroke to score well here. Just 10 minutes from the Summerland Resort.
With one of the only wetlands on Okanagan Lake at the doorstep of Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa, bird watching in the Okanagan is a favourite activity. Enjoy the calls of the red-winged black bird or the short bellows of ducks as they drift in and out of the wetland area. For curious spectators, be sure to ask at the Resort's Front Desk for binoculars and a bird identity guidebook.
Summerland Studio Tours
Summerland and Trout Creek year round studio tour is a collection of artists in the area who open their studios, by appointment, for visitation.
Float the River Channel
The River Channel is located between Okanagan Lake and Skaha Lake and it is Penticton’s most popular summer pastime. The float starts at Okanagan Lake at the Coyote Cruises launch site which is located on Riverside Drive. If you need floating tubes and a ride back to your vehicle Coyote Cruises will provide both. Depending on the current weather conditions it can take 1-2 hours to float to the exit at Green Mountain Road where there is limited parking and a landing area. So be sure to get there early. You are on the water it can get very hot so bring something to drink, and wear sunscreen and a hat!
Apex Ski Area
Despite the Okanagan’s warmer temperatures, the Monashee Mountain Range are still cool enough to produce and sustain a lot of snow, providing some great skiing and snowboarding opportunities. Apex Mountain is 35 minutes from Summerland and offers 67 trails, tube park, snow boarding terrain park, outdoor ice skating rink and 1 kilometre adventure ice skating loop which is lit at night.