#OkanaganExploring

Summerland
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Aaron Theisen

#OkanaganExploring

Get ready to explore the Okanagan with us. We @ZenSeekers have sent Miss604, ApresWheeler and and others among our team of writers and videographers into the Okanagan to bring you stories that will inspire your next visit into B.C.’s central interior. You may be familiar with destinations like Kelowna, Vernon, Summerland and Oliver, known for their beaches, fruit and wine. But we’ll be bringing you so much more insider information with our #OkanaganExploring series. 

Learn about ancient Indigenous history and pedal and paddle your way through places where there are soft adventures around every corner and the chance to stop and savour the local flavours of the region. 

So come and get to know this beautiful region with us for what’s sure to be a fun summer and fall of endless adventures. Share your experiences using #OkanaganExploring. You just might find yourself on our social media channels, helping tell others about this region filled mountains, lakes, vineyards, beaches and trails. 

Happy #OkanaganExploring

Stories

Summerland, B.C. – It seems that everyone you meet in Summerland, in B.C.'s South Okanagan, is a historian.  

Vernon, B.C. – The story of the Okanagan Valley can be told through a natural corridor that runs along the valley; moving from the Syilx (Okanagan) band to gold-rush-era miners and turn-of-the-century rail lines. Today, the former Canadian Northern rail corridor once again connects communities from Coldstream to Kelowna, this time as the Okanagan Rail Trail. It’s a unique addition to the ever-expanding bike trail system of the Okanagan. 

Oliver, B.C. – The presence of some 400 farms clustered around Oliver, B.C. have earned this South Okanagan community the title of “Wine Capital of Canada.” 

But, in addition to grapes, Oliver is also cultivating community through a unique local Christian non-profit. It’s not only Oliver’s wines that are being shipped around the world, but soup as well. 

Kelowna, B.C. – Nearly a century ago, a new rail line connected Kelowna’s goods to the rest of the country. Today it connects communities along the Okanagan Valley on a scenic non-motorized trail. 

#OkanaganExploring The morning coffee crowd was descending upon True Grain Bread when I arrived to start my day in Summerland. The giant ovens were chirping out a pleasant tune to let the bakers know that the first batches of multigrain were ready to go.

#OkanaganExploring Sweet treats, savoury flavours, hiking trails galore and enthusiastic locals are all part of this lovely slice of the Okanagan in Summerland, B.C.

#OkanaganExploring Sipping his morning pick-me-up out of a coffee mug featuring a photo of his family, Sun Country Cycles owner Ricardo Smith was gracious enough to meet me as I began my Vernon cycling journey. I arrived first thing in the morning and the Sun Country parking lot was already full of customers - either dropping off their bikes to get serviced or picking up rentals like me.

#OkanaganExploring Love biking? Check out Vernon and get ready for the ride of your life.

#OkanaganExploring Ogopogo is B.C.’s very own Loch Ness Monster, turned friendly water creature, the legend hunters have been trying to capture on film for the past half century. It’s seemingly a part of our heritage, until you find out the true meaning behind the serpent-turned-cartoon-statue and you become, as the kids say, woke - with a sudden understanding of the spirit of Ogopogo truly means.

#OkanaganExploring Hike and explore the spirit of Ogopogo, Kelowna and discover the region’s Indigenous heritage

#OkanaganExploring Oliver, B.C. is home to more than 20 of B.C.’s wineries, the Black Sage Bench, the Golden Mile Bench - which has been recognized as a distinctive sub-Appalachian wine region - three lakes, thousands of bird species, indigenous history, and Nçaylintn - one of the province’s most distinctive rock formations.

Art, wine and nature come together in the Wine Capital of Canada – Oliver, B.C.