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Okanagan Craft Distillery and Brewery Bike Tour
Ranked #1,392 of 3,248 things to do in British Columbia
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Owner description: A lake-spotted valley popular among kayakers.
Reviewed March 1, 2014

We travel to Kelowna BC from Calgary AB,on a monthly basis from spring to fall. It is a wonderful drive during may-oct but prior I would recommend flying due to unpredictable weather through the mountains. Even in May watch for weather reports but majority of the time is fine.
We travel through Sicamous route, which is by far more scenic, but make certain to plan breaks to take in the beauty. If planning to stay overnight along the way, I would recommend one of these Canmore, Banff, Revelstoke, Kelowna. The drive from Calgary to Kelowna averages 7.5 -8. hrs with a break for lunch, so you could easily drive straight through, however there is so much beauty, if you have the time, stretch it out.
If going further than Kelowna, BC towards Vancouver, plan overnight stops so you can enjoy wineries, orchards and several various attractions. Make certain to stop for their FRESH FRUIT , there are several local orchard stops along the way. If you have the opportunity to pack a picnic lunch, there are some spectacular views and picnic spots. Just plan for TIME to ENJOY! There is a hot springs stop half way between Golden and Revelstoke on hwy 1, so even a swim suit and towel if you want a relaxation break.
Fuel up in Canmore before you hit the BC prices, it saves you and try to refuel again in revelstoke since Golden is always much higher.
There's some wonderful restaurants right in the revelstoke town, so don't be afraid to go off the main route for your meal break. Well worth the few minutes extra plus you get to see the quaint town with some historical homes.
OKANAGAN VALLEY is a beautiful site but especially during May (spring blooms - Sept (various fall colors and delicious fruit)....ENJOY!

4  Thank Premkumar C
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

The city of Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada, is not only beautiful but is a small enough city that it is not hard to familiarize yourself easily......the okanagan valley has a lot to offer.
This region is the perfect climate for vineyards, orchards & much more. It definitely has four seasons, so although winter does arrive, they have the ski hills but warm enough climate that you can still enjoy the outdoors. Spring comes alive with the blossoms of various orchards, spread throughout the valley & they do not hold back with planting a lot of beautiful flowers throughout all cities in that region. With the weather being so lovely& easy to grow produce, you have a wonderful choice of fresh produce, which most of the local restaurants love highlighting what is in season with local farmers etc. Summer, the city truly explodes with a variety of activities, which they post in a local paper. From weekly outdoor park concerts in various areas of the valley, to wine festivals, sports competitions & so much more. Fall, is spectacular with the autumn colors that linger until Oct/Nov & sometimes they do not experience the snow at all throughout the winter.
There are several places to stay, we have stayed at the Manteo, which is quite nice but we found the rooms to be small. The Grand Hotel, is perfect on not only location but it is lovely too, right in the hub of the activities & on the beautiful Okanagan Lake. There are several more reasonably prices hotels and motels that are clean & updated, on Water Street or across from the downtown park, which is prime location while visiting. This way you can go out and enjoy without worrying about drinking & driving.
There are also a lot of furnished condo rentals that rent out by daily,weekly, monthly. Some near the Grand, so perfect location & good rates with complete suites.
There are several boating tours from dining to sight seeing, also well worth it. The day tour was nice because the Okanagan Lake is so huge and there are several gorgeous homes built along it.
If you love to sight see, a drive can take you to several vineyards for wine tasting, or in a day you can experience several lovely nearby cities, Summerland, Penticton & several more.
The food varieties are plentiful with very good chefs. Many of the wineries have their own dining restaurants that are well worth it. We have not experienced a bad experience with any of the restaurants since they cater to vacationers and their reputation is important for repeat customers.
The airport in Kelowna is now classified International, but it is small enough that there are no stresses what so ever, it is only a 15 min drive into the city centre. Renting a car is well worth it & they are at the airport, we usually find deals since all major car rental co's are there.
A drive to Vancouver is 3.5 hrs away & if you are coming from Calgary, taking the Sicamous, Vernon route is beautiful & well worth it. Approx 7-8 hr drive but well worth the views along the way.
We love Kelowna, BC & it covers it all in our opinion. ENJOY!

3  Thank Premkumar C
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

Okanagan Valley has it all! My husband wanted to visit this valley. I did not. So glad we did!
We traveled 5600 miles in 34 days and spent 2 weeks of our travel here in Okanagan Valley.
I can't remember a place in all the world that I've liked any better. Vineyards and orchards abound! This is Cherry season and definitely the best cherries I've even tasted. You can pick them yourself for $1.00 a pound or just buy them at any of several outdoor markets in the Valley.
People are wonderful, prices are fair and the scenery unbeatable. I cannot wait to returen. Go you'll never regret seeing all of the beauty in Okanagan Valley. Lakes, mountains, orchards, vineyares and good people. A perfect place for a vacation.

5  Thank macstraits
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Reviewed November 11, 2011

The vineyards in the fall, against the blue lakes is amazing, surrounded by mountais.Excellent wine & great wild salmon. Peachland, Summerland-names say it all. Tons of B&B, spa's, skiing in the winter and boating in the summer.

3  Thank Roxanne F
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