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Okanagan Valley

Once only cactus and sagebrush grew on the arid slopes of the Okanagan Valley. With the successful introduction of irrigation in the 1930s, today lush orchards flourish here as well-in fact, the Okanagan is often called "the fruit basket of Canada." The hot, dry, sunny climate, pristine lakes, and rich fertile land combine to make the area one of the most enticing spots in British Columbia, and a four-season family vacation destination.

Cathedral Provincial Park [E5] This remote mountainous wilderness is beloved by hikers for its turquoise lakes, alpine meadows, and curious rock formations like the 300-m-deep Giant Cleft chasm. A one-hour jeep ride takes you 2,072 m to the top, more adventurous types can hike the 15 km trail.

Hope [CI] At the junction of the Fraser and Coquihalla rivers and Silver Hope Creek, Hope was the site of a Sto:lo First Nations village, a Hudson's Bay Company trading post in the late 1840s, and a Gold Rush supply center in the late 1850s. Now Hope is a convenient base for river rafting, jet boating, and wilderness outing tours. ® Just a short drive from Hope, in Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Park, are the Othello-Quintette Tunnels.

These man-made marvels, designed by Canadian Pacific Railway chief engineer Andrew McCulloch, cut through five different rock faces of solid granite. The railway opened in 1916 and the tunnels were used until 1959. Hollywood has since discovered this spectacular location, which has since been used in such films as Shoot to Kill and First Blood.

Kelowna [A7] Regarded as the hub of the Okanagan Valley, Kelowna is also the fruit, vegetable, and vineyard capital of the Okanagan. Okanagan Lake offers a floating bridge, one of the few of its kind in the world, linking Kelowna to the Westbank. Keep your eyes peeled for Okanagan Lake's legendary monster, Ogopogo, said to be 9 to 21 m long and a fast swimmer. Bin autumn, North Americans flock to Kelowna for the annual Okanagan Wine Festival, an industry and valley-wide event that includes wine tastings, judgings, and wine-food pairings.

Osoyoos [E7] In the heart of B.C.'s desert country, Osoyoos is said to have Canada's warmest year-round temperature and warmest freshwater body of water (Osoyoos Lake). Because of its climatic similarities with Spain, much of the town's architecture has a delightful Spanish flair, with the addition of white stucco, wrought iron, and red tiles. 88 The Osoyoos Oxbows Fish and Wildlife Management Reserve, 7.5 km north of town, is a critical wildlife refuge for such desert species as the pallid bat, yellow badger, burrowing owl, western rattlesnake, and the Great Basin spade-foot toad.

Penticton [C7] To the Salish First Nations, Pen-To k-Tin was "a place to stay forever." Bordered by Okanagan and Skaha lakes, and blessed with more than 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, this semiarid city supports superb fruit-growing industries, especially peach, and numerous outdoor recreational opportunities, including skiing, mountain biking, hiking, golfing, and windsurfing. Here the first apple orchard in the Okanagan Valley was planted in 1874 by Irishman Thomas Ellis. Make time for the nearby Okanagan Game Farm, where more than 120 animal species, including tigers, wolves, and rhinoceroses, live in surroundings resembling their natural habitat.

ATTRACTIONS

CATHEDRAL PROVINCIAL PARK

Cathedral Park Lodge

HOPE

Coquihalla Canyon Provincial Recreation Area Hope Slide Othello-Quintette Tunnels

KELOWNA

Okanagan Lake Bridge Waterfront Park Kelowna Centennial Museum Father Pandosy Mission B.C. Orchard Industry and Wine Museum Fintry Queen ferry boat museum Big White Ski Resort Gert Maas Sculpture Gardens, Gallery and Studio Mariner's Reef

Waterslides Okanagan Valley Wine Train

OSOYOOS

Osoyoos Museum Osoyoos Oxbows Fish and Wildlife Management Reserve Dutch Windmill Haynes Point Provincial Park

PENTICTON

B.C. Wine Information Centre Okanagan Valley

Wine Route Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory Okanagan Beach SS Sicamous stern-wheeler museum Penticton Rose Garden Skaha Bluffs

PRINCETON

Princeton and District Pioneer Museum and Archives Manning Provincial Park

Map of Kelowna & Okanagan Valley. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Kelowna & Okanagan Valley

Map of Kelowna & Okanagan Valley. Detailed map of the highway and roads of Kelowna & Okanagan Valley