Brent Mountain
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Every turn in the road produces a new surprise in the south Thompson Okanagan wine                                                                            White Lake   VASEUX
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region, from the rare wildlife of Canada’s only desert to the beachside wine bars, European                                                                 Protected Area
guesthouses and the prolific wineries producing great Canadian vintages.                                                            3             8

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                                                                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
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Or splash down at the new Watermark Beach                                  Cawston. Until now, it’s been better                                 Check out the simple, German-style                                      into Penticton Regional Airport, then drive
Resort, a family-friendly oasis on the shores                           known for its orchards — Keremeos, after                                “Landgasthof” (country inn) at Crowsnest                                45 minutes south to Oliver and another
of Osoyoos Lake that features a terrific                                all, is “the fruit stand capital of Canada”                             Vineyards, where the restaurant also                                    20 minutes to Osoyoos.
wine bar specializing in local vintages.                                — but its wineries are already getting                                  features German specialties like schnitzel
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        If you prefer to drive the whole way, the
                                                                        attention for their interesting and complex                             and warm potato salad. For more culinary
Osoyoos is also home to one of North                                                                                                                                                                                    trip to Osoyoos is about 5 ½ hours from
                                                                        wines. Two to check out are Seven Stones                                options, head to Keremeos and try the
America’s most fragile and unusual                                                                                                                                                                                      Vancouver, travelling along the scenic
                                                                        Vineyards, which has earned raves for its                               Mediterranean favourites at the casual
ecological regions, the “pocket desert”                                                                                                                                                                                 Crowsnest highway through peaceful
                                                                        peppery Syrah and rich Meritage, and                                    Riverbed Bistro or the “Millar’s Lunch”
that is actually part of the Great Basin                                                                                                                                                                                Manning Provincial Park. It takes five hours
                                                                        Orofino, Canada’s only winery made with                                 of cheese, salad, ham and bread at the
Desert extending as far south as Mexico’s                                                                                                                                                                               to drive from Seattle or 10 from Calgary.
                                                                        eco-friendly straw-bale construction, which                             historic Old Grist Mill and Gardens.
Sonoran Desert. It’s Canada’s only arid                                                                                                                                                                                 From Osoyoos, it’s only a 20-minute drive
                                                                        produces a stunning Old Vines Pinot Noir.                                                                                                       north along Highway 97 to reach Oliver,
desert, and home to hundreds of rare,
endangered plants and animals. Learn more                               This area of farms, vineyards, old mines
                                                                                                                                                GETTING HERE & AROUND                                                   or 45 minutes west on Highway 3 to
at the Osoyoos Desert Centre just north of                              and the occasional ghost is largely rural,                              From either Vancouver or Calgary, it’s a                                reach Keremeos.
Osoyoos, or at the Pocket Desert Federal                                and so is the accommodation. Expect                                     one-hour flight to Kelowna plus a two-hour-
Ecological Reserve on Black Sage Road.                                  cosy little B&B’s and guest houses like                                 long drive south down Highway 97 to get to
                                                                        the romantic 1912 Lakeside Cabin or the                                 Osooyos, or about 90 minutes to Oliver. You
KEREMEOS/ CAWSTON                                                       luxurious Argos Guesthouse in Kaleden.                                  can also take a direct flight from Vancouver
Just to the west of the south Okanagan
is the Similkameen Valley and the fruitful
communities of Keremeos and



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