Oliver (pop. 4,370) is a small agricultural community known as the “Wine Capital of Canada.” Oliver is located near the south end of the Okanagan Valley, in south-central British Columbia. Just 25 km north of the USA border, Oliver sits in the only desert area of Canada. The attractive climate fosters popular tourist activities including summer water sports, golf and sight-seeing. Oliver is an ideal setting for growing Okanagan wine grapes and producing some of the best rated wines in the world! Of course, its mild weather year-round also makes Oliver a great place to live for local residents.
Today, vineyards climb the dry hillsides and people throng to the area to visit its wineries. Restaurants and accommodations are catching up to the tastes of the new wine tourists, who are also interested in Oliver’s arts scene. The area’s natural attractions continue to draw people for bird watching, water activities, hiking, mountain biking, golf and winter activities.