The name sooyoos means a shallow ford in Okanagan Indian
dialect. This town is located on Lake Osoyoos near a narrow spit
of land which nearly cuts this warm lake in two. The mild climate
in this area allows for an excellent fruit harvest including cherries,
apples and even bananas. Osoyoos is located 4 km (2.5 miles) from
the Canada/USA border.
Penticton (1909) is situated on a delta between Skaha and Okanagan
Lakes. The warm, dry and sunny climate makes enjoying the beaches
or floating down
the Okanagan River Channel a pleasure. Festivals and events
are plentiful here in Pen-Tak-Tin, a Salish word meaning "a
place to stay forever".
This now restored 72m sternwheeler once journeyed the waters from
Penticton to Vernon.
It is located on Okanagan Lake at the end of Lakeshore Drive.
Museum and Archives:
Exhibits displaying military memorabilia, Indian and pioneer artifacts
may be viewed at 785 Main Street.
This area produces a large amount of the valley's fruit, second
only to Kelowna. Walking tours of heritage buildings (1902) are
This grand lookout is situated in the core of an extinct volcano
and provides exceptional views of the valley. The park is located
in the centre of Summerland past the Summerland Tourist Information
Centre. Turn on Rosedale the left at the Prarie Valley Road, staying
right up Giant's Head Road to Milne Road. Ornamental Gates mark
Agricultural Research Station:
Located south of the Trout Creek Bridge on Highway 97, the research
station is worth a visit.
this station are 15 acres of Ornamental Gardens, with a beautiful
array of shrubs, trees and flowers. A path leads along the Trout
Creek Canyon to the Kettle Valley Train Trestle, which is the longest
and highest of its type in North America and offers an amazing view
of the canyon. A 1920's English style cottage houses an interpretive
centre and agricultural and horticultural histories. Access to the
gardens are a half a kilometer south of Trout Creek on Highway 97.
From Summerland you will travel
north to Peachland, a small town on the lake's sandy shores
and surrounded by orchards and ponderosa pine forests.
Housed in what was once a Baptist Church (1910), this impressive
8-sided wooden structure displays exhibits of orchard development
and photos. It is located on Beach Avenue.
north of Peachland is Highway 97C, the Okanagan Connector from Merritt.
The Connector is the extension of the freeway from the Lower
Mainland, know as the Coquihalla Hwy. Continuing on Highway
97 you will travel through westbank and on to Kelowna.
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