"Okanagan & Shuswap area, British Columbia" Okanagan Lake by sunnywong

Okanagan Lake Travel Guide: 11 reviews and 28 photos

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This section provides travel information about the Okanagan and Shuswap area, including city & area attractions, as well as information about getaway travel from the Okanagan.
The Okanagan & Shuswap area covered the larger cities (from south to north): Osoyoos, Penticton, Kelown, Vernon, and Salmon Arm etc.

The Okanagan has been named by the area's Salish natives, who's colorful language accounts for many of the place names in the area. The major industries in Okanagan are fuit & agriculture (including the manufacture of wines, canned fruit, fruit products),and tourism.


Okanagan is nestled in the interior of British Columbia. The climate of the Okanagan Basin is atypical compared to the rest of the interior of the province. The area has warm summers (with hot days but cool nights) with an average maximum temperature of nearly 28 degrees Celsius (82 degrees Fahrenheit), and fairly low humidity. The winters are relatively mild compared to areas north and east of the Valley, with more cloud than in summertime and with dry fluffy snow. Thaws occur at Valley bottom on about one-half of the days in January. The southern Okanagan is the northern end of the Great Basin Desert and even grows bananas. The Central Okanagan has an annual average of 200 hours of bright sunshine per year, one of the highest in Canada.

  • Last visit to Okanagan Lake: Jan 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time”

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