South Okanagan: There’s Beauty All Around Us
The South Okanagan offers so much for visitors to see and do. Watermark Beach Resort is ideally located with easy access to all of the wineries, golf courses, restaurants and activities. For those days when you wish to venture away from the resort, here are a few suggestions of other South Okanagan towns worth discovering.
Oliver – Incredible Wine Touring
Located at the northern most point of the Great Basin Desert, and at the southern end of the Okanagan Valley, Oliver (population: 4,370) encompasses desert land, lakes, mountains, and renowned vineyards and orchards. Visitors come to experience an exquisite array of local colour, flavour and natural splendour.
Wine connoisseurs come to taste Oliver’s medal-winning wines, giving the town a well-earned reputation as the “Wine Capital of Canada.” You can follow the town’s “Golden Mile” and Black Sage Bench to some 21 wineries, sampling palate-pleasing wines all within a 20-km (12 mile) distance. Oliver celebrates the seasons in style. Visitors can attend popular events such as the Festival of the Grape and the April Wine Festival.
For those on the go, Oliver has wide-open or secluded spots for cycling, paddling, swimming, golfing, hiking and biking. You can see hundreds of bird species, and spot wildlife from California bighorn sheep to Northwestern Pacific Rattlesnakes.
For more information visit www.oliver.ca
Oliver – Mt. Baldy
Mt. Baldy is a quick and scenic 40-minute drive from Watermark Beach Resort.
Similkameen Valley – Mascot Gold Mine
Perched on a cliff overlooking the Similkameen Valley, you will step back in time and discover what it was like as a gold miner.
On this 4.5 hour tour you will explore historic mine buildings and experience a light and sound show.
It’s a fantastic day trip opportunity to enjoy spectacular views from a historic setting.
For more information visit Mascot Gold Mine.
Keremeos – The Grist Mill
Visit the last remaining pioneer flour mill in the West, with its original machinery intact.
Explore the Grounds, Heritage Gardens and Apple House for a look back at the history of the area. Enjoy a delicious lunch in the Tea Room to complete your day.
With regular workshops and performances, a visit to The Grist Mill makes for a fun and unique day trip.
Located on the southern end of Skaha Lake in the Okanagan Valley, and known locally as OK Falls, the little community of Okanagan Falls was originally known as Dogtown, from the Okanagan First Nations word Skaha, meaning dog, after which the nearby Skaha Lake was named.
Okanagan Falls was named after small twin waterfalls that were once part of a scenic natural landscape located at the southern end of Skaha Lake where it emptied into the Okanagan River. The falls were reduced to a series of gentle rapids in the 1950s with the construction of a flood control dam to control the level of water flowing south in the Okanagan River.
Okanagan Falls is a charming little town best visited for its tasty pleasures: It is home to the largest ice-cream cone seller in the valley, Tickleberry’s; and two prestigious wineries, Wild Goose Vineyards and Hawthorne Mountain Vineyards (formerly LeComte Estate Winery). The community of Okanagan Falls was founded on agriculture, and today provides fresh fruits and vegetables, delicious dried fruits and award winning wines.
For more information visit www.okfalls.ca