Overview

The Okanagan valley offers a tantalizing experience for anyone who loves fabulous wine accompanied by fine cuisine. This is a perfect opportunity to taste the global culinary infusion of locally grown products complemented with renowned Okanagan wines. With more than 150 wineries in the Okanagan region, our itinerary can only offer suggestions as to how to make the most of your RV wine tour experience. And please, no drinking and driving!
Duration
9 DAYS
Distance
1555km / 966mi
Region
British Columbia
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Route - 1555 km / 966 mi

Day Location Distance Duration
01 Vancouver to Osoyoos 400 km / 249 mi Approx. 5 hours
02 Osoyoos
03 Osoyoos to Penticton 63 km / 39 mi Approx. 55 minutes
04 Penticton
05 Penticton to Kelowna 63 km / 39 mi Approx. 1 hour
06 Kelowna
07 Kelowna
08 Kelowna to Shuswap Lake 111 km / 69 mi Approx. 1.5 hours
09 Shuswap Lake to Vancouver 460 km / 286 mi Approx. 4 hours 45 minutes

Trip Details

Pick up your RV in Calgary or Vancouver and head to Osoyoos, the start of your wine tour.

From Calgary to Osoyoos, it's a 850 km drive so you may like to consider picking up your RV the previous day or paying for an early pickup to enable you to get to Osoyoos while it's still light. Alternatively, you could plan an overnight stop en route. From Vancouver, the drive is shorter at 400km so you should easily reach Osoyoos same day.

From both locations, you will most likely arrive later in the evening so it's a good idea to ensure you have your campground booked in advance.  Make sure you download the CanaDream app to take advantage of partner deals.

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Here in Osoyoos you’ll find yourself in the world famous “Pocket Desert" a semi-arid shrub-steppe area in the South Okanagan containing several species of plants not found elsewhere in Canada.
 
Spend the afternoon at the Nk’Mip Desert Centre. This state-of-the-art venue celebrates thousands of years of Okanagan First Nations' habitation. Right next door to the Desert Centre, you’ll find Nk’Mip Cellars. The winery site is one of the most attractive in the South Okanagan with outstanding views in a setting of natural beauty. Situated on a bench overlooking the shores of Osoyoos Lake, the vineyards and orchards provide a stunning contrast against the desert landscape.
 
Overnight in Osoyoos.
 
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It's only a short drive today to your next destination so take advantage of the opportunities to visit some wineries en route.  Consider stopping for lunch at the Toasted Oak Bar and Grill in Oliver. Known as the "Wine Capital of Canada", Oliver is a thriving agricultural community that's home to the popular Festival of the Grape and the Tomato Festival.

From Oliver, continue on to Okanagan Falls. The small set of falls that gave the town its name are now submerged beneath the lake but there are other waterfalls around the Okanagan Valley.  The provincial park here is managed by the Osoyoos Indian band and has a beautiful campground reservable between mid May and early September should you wish to stop awhile.  If you prefer to continue on to Penticton, consider taking the route via Eastside Road which skirts Skaha Lake, passing more wineries.

On arrival in Penticton, stop by the Okanagan VQA Wine Store located at the Visitor Information Centre. It features a full selection of wines from one end of the valley to the other.

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Today it's time to visit some of the wineries on the east side of Okanagan Lake.

After passing through the heart of Penticton, you’ll enter onto the Naramata Bench, home to more than 15 wineries with amazing vistas and vineyards along the way. Consider having lunch at the Barrel Room Bistro at Hillside  Winery (seasonal - check opening times). With its high ceilings and cool shaded patio, it’s the perfect place to escape the midday sun. This is a great opportunity to try a wine the Okanagan is known for - a Riesling or perhaps a Sauvignon Blanc.
 

En route today to Kelowna, we suggest you stop at Sumac Ridge Estate Winery in Summerland for a tour and tastings. Known as one of the pioneer wineries of the BC wine industry, Sumac Ridge produces a variety of excellent wines including a sparkling Brut that few Okanagan winemakers produce.

Your next stop in Summerland is at Thornhaven Winery, situated in a quaint little valley overlooking Okanagan Lake. Located only two blocks away is Dirty Laundry Winery. These two wineries are quintessential Okanagan winery settings and shouldn’t be missed.
 
Aside from being a great climate to grow grapes, the Okanagan Valley is a large producer of other fruits for the Canadian and US markets. Apples, apricots, peaches, nectarines, pear and plum trees are prevalent in the landscape. 96% of BC's soft fruits are grown in the south-central Okanagan.

Overnight at Kelowna.
 
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Spend the day in Kelowna enjoying the sunshine and laid-back lifestyle enjoyed by the locals. Perhaps it's a day to swap winery tours for some outdoor activities. Rent a bike and cycle the Kettle Valley Trail or spend the day on the water in a speed boat, on a pontoon, canoeing, or stand-up paddleboarding.

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Chill out for another today in and around Kelowna. If you're visiting in the Summer, you'll find a plethora of things to do and see. If you haven't yet had your fill of the excellent wineries in the area, there are more great places to visit in West Kelowna.

Framed by the Okanagan hills, the vineyards of West Kelowna offer more opportunities to taste and savour some great wines. Larger wineries such as Mission Hill offer a variety of tour options while smaller wineries like Little Straw have tastings only. Other wineries in West Kelowna include Meadow Vista, Rollingdale Winery, Kalala, Beaumont, Mt Boucherie and Quails’Gate.

Overnight in Kelowna.

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Continue on to Shuswap Lake via Vernon for your overnight stop. We suggest you check out a couple of small wineries on the east banks of Lake Okanagan just north of Lake Country.
 
Tours of the Grey Monk Estate Winery take place daily year round and you are welcome to sample and purchase from the wide variety of wines they produce.  Next door to the Gray Monk Winery is Ex Nihilo Winery- Latin for “out of nothing”.  This Mediterranean style winery has a tasting room where you can enjoy a truly unique Okanagan Valley wine experience. After passing through Vernon, take Highway 97A to Armstrong.
 
At Armstrong, turn west on Landsdown Road and follow the signs about six kilometers through verdant farmland to Edge of the Earth Vineyards in the beautiful Spallumcheen Valley. Next take Highway 97B to towards Salmon Arm.
 
Our last vineyard on this tour is the Larch Hills Winery located at 110 Timms Road. To get here, leave 97B at Black Road and follow the signs. Larch Hills produces premium cool climate wines and has won numerous awards at festivals across Canada.
 
Overnight at Canoe near Salmon Arm.
 
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Enjoy the drive "home" today as you leave the Shuswap and take your chosen route back to your drop-off location.
 
Your arrival back in Vancouver or Calgary will most likely be too late to drop off the vehicle today so we suggest you plan to drop off on the morning of Day 10.
 
CanaDream wishes to acknowledge the assistance of Tourism Okanagan with this tour itinerary.

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