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An Okanagan Valley Spring!

No plans to leave your home over spring break but still looking for a quick get-away, even for just a half day? Here are some great ideas for a half-day, full-day, or even weekend get-away here in our lovely Okanagan Valley and surrounding areas.

The Okanagan is comprised of the major centers of Kelowna, Penticton, Vernon and Osoyoos. Starting in spring and continuing through the summer months, visitors are offered countless walking trails, hiking spots, sandy beaches, great weather and a variety of other outdoor and water activities. Okanagan Lake provides the area with a spectacular backdrop to the countless golf courses and wineries located in the rolling hills of the valley. The Okanagan is considered a premiere wine valley, and a tour of the local wineries is a must for anyone local or visiting the region.

Gain unprecedented access to more than 217,000 hectares of pristine wilderness terrain and wildlife habitat at Mount Robson Provincial Park. The second oldest provincial park in British Columbia, Mount Robson is a UNESCO World Heritage Site (part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site). This iconic park is home to an abundance of wildlife such as mule deer, whitetail deer, black bears, grizzly bears and mountain goats. Its varied wilderness setting offers plenty of quintessential BC outdoor adventure opportunities, including fishing, caving, camping, hiking and mountain biking.

Helmcken Falls plunges 137m into its canyon below. It's one of Canada's highest waterfalls, and the Wells Gray Provincial Park's most famous natural attraction. The best time to view the falls is at sunset. The best viewpoints are the vehicle-accessible viewing platform and the hiking trail that follows the Murtle River to the top of the falls. Wells Gray Provincial Park is a one-hour drive north from Clearwater via the Clearwater Valley Road.

Looking for something a little closer to home? Check out Hardy Falls in Peachland. A natural wonder for Salmon Run viewing!

British Columbia has long enjoyed a reputation as one of the best places in North America to go golfing. In 2007, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators named BC the Best Golf Destination in North America; in 2008, a British Columbia golf course was chosen by Golf Digest as the best new course in Canada. In 2010, SCOREGolf selected its top five golf new courses in the country... three are right here in BC!

The region is home to BC's Wine Industry also. The Okanagan Valley is where the BC Wine Industry started, so there are many wineries and orchards to visit. The quality of grapes grown here produce some of the best wines in Canada and are famous throughout the world. Spend a day, two or even three visiting and touring the finest wineries we have to offer. From large Estates overlooking the lake, to family farms offering the very best in quality. Every winery is unique offering its own blends of flavours and excellence to our panel of fine wines.

Have children to occupy this spring break? Try something different and explore the Kettle Valley Steam Railway! The Kettle Valley Steam Railway showcases a unique part of the Okanagan’s and British Columbia’s history. Built during 1910-1915, the KVR “Kootenay to Coast Connection” powered our pioneer fruit industry into world markets. Experience for yourselves the only preserved section of this historic railway: 10 miles of beauty from lush orchards and vineyards to a spectacular view of lake and land from the Trout Creek Bridge 238 ft above the canyon floor. The sight and sound of the restored 1912 Steam Locomotive will bring the era alive as you ride along on this 90 minute journey in a vintage passenger coach or open air car. An observation game for kids and lively musical entertainment make every run a memorable experience for the whole family. Liven things up by venturing on the journey during one of the staged performances of "The Great Train Robbery". Live outdoor theatre at its best, including all guests in a thrilling old-west adventure. Conveniently located in the heart of the valley in Summerland.

There's plenty more to see, do and experience whether on your own, with visitors or just hanging out with family and friends. Contact your local Travel Agency today for more ideas!

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About the Author

Laura has been a successful Certified Travel Counsellor since February 1999. She has worked in both Corporate and Vacation travel departments and has extensive experience as an avid traveller. She currently works as a Senior Consultant at one of the Okanagan's most popular agencies.

To reach her for inquiries you can email: [email protected]


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