Depart Calgary and travel through the Canadian Rocky Mountains town of Revelstoke until you reach the entrance to the Thompson Okanagan at Sicamous. Don’t miss a chance to stop here at D’ Dutchmen Dairy for some of the best ice cream ever made. At Sicamous you will leave Highway #1 west and join Highway #97 south travelling along the picturesque Mara Lake. At Armstrong, be sure to visit the Village Cheese factory and the ever popular Log Barn where local produce and locally made food and snacks of all kind are a highlight.
Overnight in Vernon.
Spend a few hours discovering Vernon, the City of Murals and take a trip to Davison Orchards and the neighbouring Planet Bee. Continue south on Highway 97 and be sure to stop at Predator Ridge, home to the renowned Predator Ridge Golf Resort and Sparkling Hill Resort and Spa. Enjoy a scenic drive along Lake Country as you make your way to the City of Kelowna. Enjoy a leisurely dinner at Summerhill Pyramid Winery or one of the area’s many other wineries and restaurants featuring locally inspired cuisine.
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Kelowna is the best of an urban/rural mix where you can enjoy great shopping, visit numerous wineries and vineyards or bike the famous Myra Canyon Trestles. Take the time to stop by the Okanagan Lavender farm, Arlos Honey farm and Carmelis’s Goat Cheese all within a short drive of each other. Take the bridge across Okanagan Lake over to West Kelowna and make sure to visit Grizzli Winery and the many wineries of the Westside Wine Trail. Continue south and be sure to visit the lakeside main street of Peachland before heading to Summerland for dinner and overnight.
Spend part of the morning exploring Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive Wine Trail and step back in time with a ride on the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, then head south to Penticton and the Naramata Bench for lunch and a bit more wine tasting. As you continue your trip south, you will pass through Okanagan Falls and Oliver, both home to many more wineries varying in style and size. Passing through Oliver, take time to stop into Covert Farms.
This final day in the region, make sure to visit the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre where the history of the First Nations people in this area is brilliantly displayed and explained. This part of the valley is where some of the finest of the region’s red wine is produced and there are ample wineries with welcoming tasting rooms where you can see just how fine these reds really are. Heading out of Osoyoos on Highway #3 there is a great photo opportunity at the sacred Spotted Lake.
Leave time to visit the Heritage Museum in Hedley before heading west for Vancouver.