Kelowna, on the shores of Okanagan Lake, is where many British Columbians head for relaxation. Its warm sunny summers, crisp, dry winters and famous wineries and restaurants are the perfect blend for year-round recreation and vacation.
Skiers will find plenty of powder at Big White Ski Resort, 35 miles/ 56 km southeast of the city, Skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and backcountry snowmobiling are all popular at Big White. The Okanagan Valley's terrain also lends itself to great cross-country skiing, both on and off groomed runs.
During the summer, the beaches around Okanagan Lake are the place to be. The lake is popular for its swimming, boating, water skiing and lakeside recreation.
The Okanagan Valley's true notoriety, however, comes from its fruit and award-winning wines. There are as many as 100 wineries within a little more than an hour's drive from Kelowna, and the region's fall wine festival provides an excellent opportunity to sample some of the valley's top cuisine and world-famous wines. Peaches, apples, pears, plums, apricots and of course, grapes can be purchased fresh at Kelowna's farmer's market, or at any one of the many roadside markets throughout the Okanagan Valley.
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