The fruit and wine producing Okanagan Valley stretches 200km (124mi) south from the Shuswap Lake region to the US border. Okanagan Lake at 135 km (83 mi) anchors the Central Okanagan with an abundance of recreational opportunities. Wineries, beaches, golf, and winter sports complement the urban energy and cultural amenities of Kelowna, the vibrant economic hub of the Okanagan Valley. The Thompson Okanagan’s only international airport is located in Kelowna, providing easy access throughout the corridor and quick access to Big White Ski Resort.
Vineyards and wineries, orchards and fruit stands dominate an agricultural region carved from the arid landscape where First Nations culture still thrives. The South Okanagan features lakes, vineyards and orchards with communities dotted along the Hwy 97 corridor. With the driest climate in the country, this region encompasses the only true desert in Canada. The First Nations lands of the NK’MIP Desert Cultural Centre are among Canada’s three most endangered ecosystems and home to many endangered plant and animal species.