97 PENTICTON Brent Mountain FOOD & WINE Protected Area SKAHA KALEDEN DISCOVER THE FLAVOURS LAKE 2 OF THE SOUTH OKANAGAN 3A 1 3 FALLS OKANAGAN Every turn in the road produces a new surprise in the south Thompson Okanagan wine White Lake VASEUX Grasslands LAKE region, from the rare wildlife of Canada’s only desert to the beachside wine bars, European Protected Area 97 guesthouses and the prolific wineries producing great Canadian vintages. 3 8 KEREMEOS OLIVER 9 4 CAWSTON South Okanagan Grasslands Alberta Cathedral Snowy OSOYOOS British Park Protected LAKE Columbia Protected Area 97 3 6 Area 7 5 OSOYOOS3 Osoyoos CANADA U.S.A. U.S.A. Blue Mountain Vineyard OKANAGAN FALLS OLIVER confit or lamb fettucine at its Sonora Room restaurant. The Burrowing Owl guesthouse From wineries to wildlife, this small It’s called the “Wine Capital of Canada,” is also a good place to enjoy a night’s community on the southern end of and for good reason: the area around Oliver luxurious accommodation. Skaha Lake offers big adventure. “OK is home to a tenth of Canada’s wineries, Falls,” as locals call it, was named for twin the highest concentration of wineries and waterfalls that have since mellowed to vineyards in British Columbia. Some of OSOYOOS gentle rapids. It’s surrounded by lakes and the biggest wineries — Jackson Triggs, Once better known for its summer-getaway rivers and wilderness, hiking and biking Inniskillin — can be found here. beach culture, the Osoyoos area is also trails, and, of course, wineries. becoming famous for a handful of wineries Explore the Golden Mile on the west side of such as the First Nations-owned Nk’Mip Learn how Blasted Church Vineyards got the valley. Visit Road 13 Vineyards to taste Cellars, with its exceptional Qwam Qwmt its unusual name. Sample the award- their luscious blends and Tinhorn Creek, series, the Italian-inspired LaStella, and winning aromatic whites at Wild Goose the area’s first carbon-neutral winery, to Twisted Tree, which is breaking new ground Winery. Raise a glass to the memory of sample its chocolatey Merlot or to take in with varietals like Tempranillo. the eccentric Major Hugh Fraser and his a summertime concert. Visit Hester Creek beloved dogs at See Ya Later Ranch up for its rare, delicate Trebbiano, and stay a For the ultimate in wine country comfort on Hawthorne Mountain, the highest while at the winery’s Tuscan-style villa with food, visit Passa Tempo at Spirit Ridge altitude winery in British Columbia. its romantic vineyard views. Replenish your Vineyard Resort & Spa. Spirit Ridge is part of energy with the giant burgers, homemade the bigger Nk’Mip Resort, spearheaded by While you’re meandering along the scenic the Osoyoos First Nations band. In addition poutine and other hearty fare at the casual roads, stop at Tickleberry’s for an ice to the luxurious accommodations, dining Firehall Bistro in Oliver. cream cone and bring your binoculars to and spa at Spirit Ridge, it also encompasses see what feathered visitors have landed Hop over to the Black Sage Hills on the a desert cultural centre, the Sonora Dunes at the Vaseux Lake Habitat and Migratory eastern side of the valley and stop in at Le Golf Course and Nk’Mip Cellars winery. Bird Conservation Park. Vieux Pin for the pretty, floral rosé and Black Hills for deep, rich Bordeaux-style blends including cult favourite, Nota Bene. Try the elegant Chardonnay at Burrowing Owl, Oliver Vineyards then stick around for a lunch of crisp duck FOOD & WINE DISCOVER THE FLAVOURS OF THE SOUTH OKANAGAN USEFUL LINKS Visiting BC? 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