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Attractions in the South Okanagan

Out and About

Oliver, British Columbia, is located approximately 25 minutes north of the US border in the South Okanagan. Desert to the south, lakes, mountains, vineyards and orchards surround our town and make this area one of the most picturesque places in the Okanagan.

BC Premier “honest” John Oliver who planned it as a settlement for veterans of World War I established Oliver, in 1921. An irrigation system was built and Canada’s only desert was soon a lush and prosperous fruit growing area.


Known as the “Wine Capital of Canada”, Oliver has the largest concentration of both vineyards and commercial wineries in British Columbia. The majority of these are located along what is known as the Golden Mile of Highway 97, just south of Oliver. New wineries and additional lands are being put into production in what is expected to be a growth industry for the next five to 10 years. The rolling terraces, exceptionally mild climate with lots of sun, gravelly soil and availability of irrigation produce the right elements for growing high-quality grapes.

The community of Oliver, located at the northern most point of the Sonora Desert tucked into the southern end of BC’s beautiful Okanagan Valley, is renowned for the quality of wine grapes the area produces. Vintners throughout British Columbia seek after those grown in the favoured “Golden Mile” which is just minutes from our motel.

But Oliver is also a great place to spend your BC vacation. Nearby lakes such as Tuc-el Nuit, Gallagher and Vaseaux Lakes are popular with visitors interested in canoeing, boating, fishing, windsurfing and other water sports. Or spend your time hiking, skiing, biking, fruit picking, kayaking, golfing at a choice of several championship courses…. or simply relax with that book you’ve promised yourself.

For More Information About Oliver ~
Contact: The Oliver Visitor Info Centre 498-6321
Website:
Oliver Chamber of Commerce


Wineries



The Oliver Twist Estate Winery opened in May of 2007 and carrys two lines of exeptional wines. ‘Twisted’ and ‘Reserve’. The ‘Twisted’ line lets us offer quality wine made every year , our ‘Reserve’ will be smaller lots of wines that have been aged longer or showcase an exceptional vintage.

Phone: 250.485.0227
Email: info@olivertwistwinery.com
Website: www.olivertwistwinery.com
Directions: 4 kilometers south of our Motel turn left on Road 9, and follow the signs (east 1 kilometer over the bridge, and turn north on Road 9A up the hill).



Nestled in the hillside of a former gold mining creek, Tinhorn Creek Vineyards sits unrivalled on top of the “Golden Mile” and is just a short 10 minute drive south of our Motel. Our wines are the pride of our winery. With over 250 medals won from competitions all over the world, Tinhorn Creek wines have developed a consistent reputation for excellence. Spectacular Panoramic Views / Tasting Room / Gift Shop / Outdoor Patio/ Tours

Phone: 250.497.5648 ~ Fax: 250.497.5287
Email: winery@tinhorn.com
Website: tinhorncreek.com
Hours of Operation: 1000 ~ 1800 every day.
Directions: From our Motel turn right on Road 7.


Golf



Of the most scenic courses in the region St Andrews By-The-Lake offers the best value for swinging your clubs. This well manicured 9 hole (par 32) golf course is located just 40 minutes from our Motel and truely captures the essence of what golf can be. St Andrews By-The-Lake offers something for every calibre of player regardless of age or style!
Carts / Licensed Resturant / Outdoor Patio / ProShop /
Phone: 250.497.5648 ~ Fax: 250.497.5287
Email: standrews@telus.net
Website: standrewsbythelake.com
DISCOUNT GOLF COUPONS FOR ST ANDREWS BY-THE-LAKE ARE AVAILABLE FROM OUR MOTEL!

Score Magazine has rated Fairview Mountain Golf Club #18 on its list of top 100 golf courses in Canada. This championship 18-hole par 72 course is situated on a mountainous hillside overlooking the south Okanagan valley (hope your game is as good as the view). 15 minute drive from our Motel.
Phone: 498.6050 or 1.866.534.7264

The Nk’Mip Canyon Desert Golf Course is an enjoyable 18-hole course across the road from Tuc-el-Nuit Lake offering affordability and great views. This environmentally sensitive course is marked to protect the natural surroundings of the course. 5 minute drive from our motel.
Phone: 498.2880 or 1.800.656.5755.


Go!


Go To The Beach:
Rotary Beach or better known as Tuc-el-Nuit Lake, is a wonderful family beach, located just 5 minutes from our motel offers great swimming and fishing. There are several grassy picnic tables, a playground, washrooms and parking. There are no motor crafts permitted on this lake.

Go Get Wet:
The Kinsmen Playground Water Park is a great way for kids and adults alike to cool down.

Go Have Seniors Fun:
The Oliver Senior’s Centre invites seniors to drop in for coffee, dancing, cards, pool, & other activities.
There are lots of activities with an excellent calendar of events (especially in the winter).

For More Information About Oliver ~
Contact: The Oliver Visitor Info Centre 498-6321
Website:
Oliver Chamber of Commerce

Go Hiking & Biking:
The Hike n’ Bike Trail: offers just over 18 km of scenic beauty along the Okanagan River. Enjoy a quiet ride or walk while passing through ranches, playgrounds and parks. Rental bikes are available at Double “O” Bikes & Sports just minutes away from our Motel. 498-8348.
Orchard View Hike & Bike: Total Distance 21 km. Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Inkameep Loop: Total Distance 12.5 km. Level: Beginner to Intermediate.
Fairview/White Lake Circle: Total Distance 21.8 km. Level: Intermediate to Expert.
CPR Station/Rotary Beach Circle: Total Distance 5.3 km. Level: Beginner & Up.
Ecological Reserve/ Haynes Historical Ranch: Total Distance 29 km. Level: Intermediate to Expert.
OK Falls Pedal Pusher: Total Distance 45 km Level: Expert.
Dominion Radio Observatory/White Lake Road: Total Distance 24 km Level Intermediate to Expert.
Sawmill Road/Okanagan River View: Total Distance 7.5 km Level Beginner to Intermediate.
Inkameep Wilderness Trail: Total Distance 18km Level: Intermediate to Expert.
Golden Mile Trail: Hiking & Mountain Bike friendly – 10km. A must do.
Wolf Club Hiking Trail: 10.8 km up Camp McKinney Rd. An opportunity for wildlife viewing.
McIntyre Bluff Hiking Trail: Permission is required to hike to the top of Indian Head and it will take you approximately 7 hours. Known as Indian Head: There are legends alluding to rival Indian bands being driven off the edge of the 250 m high cliffs. Indian pictographs etched in the rock are one example of this area’s incredible history.
Burnell, Bear & Ripley Lakes: Hiking and Mountain Bike friendly.
Oliver Mountain: Summit 720 m with a change in elevation of 400 m. These are old mining roads.
McKinney Nordic Ski Area: Trails are old logging roads. Take in the forests & gentle slopes of the Mt. Baldy region.

Go Swimming:
The Oliver Recreation Centre open from late May to early September offers an outdoor heated pool. Public swimming 3 – 5 p.m. Mon. to Fri. and weekend public swim 2-5 pm & 6-8 pm. Adult lane swim noon to 1 p.m. 7 days a week. Adult lane swims 5:15 – 6:15 Mon.-Wed.-Fri., and 6:30 – 8:00 Mon. & Fri. The Oliver Recreation Centre is just 5 minutes from the motel.
Phone: 498.4985.

Go Fish:
There is great fishing to be had in the region. Burnell lake is is just 8km West, Bear and Ripley lakes are just 16 km West of Oliver and Vaseux is located just 13 km North of Oliver. The Okanagan River is open from Nov. 16 to Sept. 30.

For More Information About Oliver ~
Contact: The Oliver Visitor Info Centre 498-6321
Website:
Oliver Chamber of Commerce

Restaurants ~ By Distance:
A&W: 10 seconds.
Pizza 97: 10 seconds.
Savvios Family Restaurant: 30 seconds.
Crucetti’s Restaurant: 1 minute.
Sizzling Rice: 2 minutes.
Cara’s Pizza: 2 minutes.
Subway: 3 minutes.
Oliver Garden Restaurant: 5 minutes.
Toasted Oak Wine Bar & Grill: 5 minutes.
Best of India Restaurant & Sweets: 10 minutes.
Inkameep Canyon Restaurant: 10 minute drive.
The Sonora Room, Burrowing Owl Estate Winery: 15 minute drive.


Experience Our Region

Oliver Half Ironman Marathon comes to Oliver in June. This half Ironman Marathon is great physical challenge. The Marathon consists of a 2 km swim, 93 km bike and 21.1 km run (1.2 mile swim, 67 mile bike and a 13.1 mile half marathon run).
Contact Outback Events. Phone: 498.6321

Tinhorn Creek Concertscelebrate in the valley in July, August and September. These wonderful open-air concerts are held at the Tinhorn winery just minutes from our Motel.
For tickets phone: 498.3743.

The 5th Annual Oliver Wine Capital of Canada Sprint Triathlon roars into Oliver in June. This race is a sprint distance triathlon consisting of a 750m swim, 20km bike ride and a 5km run.
Contact Outback Events. Phone: 498.6321.

The Festival of the Tomato returns in September. Help the Covert family celebrate the Tomato. This festival is a load of fun.
For tickets phone: 498.2731.


Festival of the Grape stomps its way into Oliver every autumn and every year the fun just gets better and better. Do you like wine but don’t want to drive up and down the Valley to sample some of the best wineries in the valley? Festival of the Grape is an amazing local festival that offers great wine (34 wineries), entertainment, quality vendors and a great atmosphere. From the Grape Stomp competition to the Kids Adventure Zone there is something for everyone.
Best of all, our property is just a 15-minute walk away.
For tickets phone: 498.6321.

For More Information About Oliver ~
Contact: The Oliver Visitor Info Centre 498-6321
Website:
Oliver Chamber of Commerce



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