The Okanagan Valley – Summerland, British Columbia
The warm and welcoming town of Summerland is located in the Okanagan Valley in Southern British Columbia. The 180km valley was born millions of years ago in the collisions of continents and was carved into shape by glaciers. Nestled at the tip of the Sonora Desert, the Okanagan is one of the warmest regions in Canada. We generally experience around 30 centimetres of precipitation each year and our comparatively mild winters create a wonderful playground. Luckily for our vinters, things still do get cold enough in winter for them to produce some of the most delectable ice wine you’ve ever tasted.
With fabulous skiing, mountain biking trails and golf courses galore, the Okanagan Valley is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. If playing in the water is more your style, the Okanagan Valley offers you unparalleled opportunities to boat, fish, paddleboard and swim.
The jewel of the Okanagan Valley is the town of Summerland which boasts glorious, sunny days and a host of beaches, mountain parks and trails, a walkable downtown and thriving arts scene. Golf in the morning at one of our two courses, or go on a wine tour in the afternoon. Summerland is the ideal destination for outdoor sports and recreation, a pet-friendly vacation, alfresco wining-and-dining, cultural pursuits and shopping.
Fishing – Fishing licenses can be purchased on-line, or at Summerland Necessities Convenience Store, which also houses the local Greyhound bus station. Visit the BC Provincial Fishing website for more information. You can even borrow a rod from the Visitor Centre, part of the Go Fish BC rod loan program facilitated by Summerland Trout Hatchery.
Climate & What to Bring – What to pack depends on the time of year in Summerland. The Okanagan Valley in general is very hot during the summer, so any kind of outdoor activity requires plenty of water and sun protection. While the weather can be warm in the spring and summer months, if you’re heading into the surrounding hills, it’s best to bring layers as extra protection, and always let someone know where you’ll be hiking. Winters may be milder than other parts of the country, but this is still Canada, so wrap up before you strap on your snowshoes.