This week, Picture the Okanagan brings you on an amazing day trip to the quaint Okanogan Valley. I recommend this 500 km return-way journey from Kelowna to nature lovers as well as savvy shoppers.
To go down to Oliver, I used the White Lake road, which is accessible on your right off Highway 97 approximately half a kilometer past the Highway 3A exit to Vancouver before entering Okanagan Falls. It’s a well maintained country road, with little traffic that allows for enjoyment and beautiful scenery, snowy mountains in the background and an area filled with wildlife & sagebrush around White Lake.
A very interesting attraction is the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory, which offers self-guided tours. As you enter Oliver, you’ll be able to contemplate the luxurious Valley before entering the town.
Back on the main Highway and past the border, the road to Okanogan offers endless & fantastic picture opportunities. You’ll drive through flourishing orchards & ranches in the arid Valley bottom on a desert mountain background and open skies. It’s amazing what wonders irrigation can do!
Of course, when I’m in America, I like to try new restaurants and the City of Omak have plenty of them! One thing I also enjoy, is to bring new food – I mean snacks, dips, chocolate & pop - back home. When I’m at a grocery store south of the border, my eyes brighten like those of a kid in front of a mountain of these new treats & flavours available only in the U.S.!
And once you arrive in Okanogan, you’ll discover a typical American city, with interesting architecture, historic buildings and very friendly people. On the pictures below we can see the Okanogan River, which drains Okanagan Lake to the Pacific Ocean using the Columbia River, the Court House & City Hall. You’re also pretty close to the gorgeous Lake Chelan, which will be featured in a future Picture the Okanagan column.
As you make your way back home, the Rotary Park in Oroville is home to a family campsite & a sandy beach on the warm Osoyoos Lake shores – perfect for a swim or a stay on a hot & sunny day!
As I drove to Osoyoos, I made a quick stop to the medicinal Spotted Lake, which is filled with water at this time of the year. The beautiful green hills of Mount Kobau can be enjoyed from a gravel road that also offers a spectacular view of the area off Highway 3. A storm broke up as I was there, making for a beautiful picture of the Chopaka Mountain taken from the east side of Osoyoos Lake.
The storm followed me back home to Kelowna, yet the ride was enjoyable, refreshing and filled with beauty.
The following week I was attending the popular Peachland World of Wheels car show, which attracted over 15,000 people. Check out the photo album by clicking here!
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