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There's just no such thing as a bad time of year to visit the Okanagan. The temperature is always just right, there's always a lake or a mountain just footsteps away, and delicious, local food and drink is right at your fingertips. In the Fall, though, this warm and fertile valley serves its most prized delights. Here are just some of the reasons why you'll want to visit the Okanagan in the Fall.
Kelowna is home to over 30 wineries, many of which stay open year-round. Many of the hotels in Kelowna offer wine tour packages so you can sip away and not worry about navigating your wine trail. Vineyard views, which often include a slice of Lake Okanagan, are stunning at this time of year and theres a bit more space in the tasting rooms than at the height of summer. Learn more about Okanagan wine festivals, events, tours and other resources in The Ultimate Wine Tour A Guide to the Okanagan.
It's harvest season in the Okanagan, and that means barrels and barrels of fresh-picked applesGolden Delicious, Ambrosia, Honey Crisp and the list goes on. With fresh delicious apples comes pure apple juice, apple pie and applesauce, apple bread, apple scones. Once youve had any one of these from the Okanagan at harvest time, you wont be able to have it any other way. Davison Orchards in Vernon and McMillan Farms in Kelowna are great places to celebrate everything apple and more. In the Fall, you and your family can enjoy tractor rides to the pumpkin patch, races through corn mazes and greetings from all varieties of petting zoo animals. There are a few other kinds of farms youll want to visit too. At Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm, see how lavender is hand-stripped for products such as oils and salves, learn how to make wreaths or how you can use lavender in the kitchen. At Arlos Honey Farm, youll see where honeybees dance and all manner of honey productssoaps, candles and creamed honeyare created. Download Tourism Kelowna's Farm to Table brochure for more details and maps!
The Okanagan is a golfers paradise. Within and just outside Kelowna alone you'll find 19 courses, seven of which are championship courses designed by the likes of Fred Couples, Thomas McBroom and Jack Nicklaus. Thanks to good soil, mild temperatures and so much competition, many courses offer unparalleled conditions on top of wind-less days and a long season that, by Fall, affords golf-lovers shoulder rates and flexible tee times. Plus, you just wont find more spectacular lake views and settings mountains of Ponderosa pines and hillsides of sage. Most Kelowna hotels offer golf packages so you can take advantage of great stay-and-play rates and make the most of your Okanagan golf vacation. The Ultimate Golf Guide for the Okanagan offers insider tips, links to maps and apps as well as interviews so you can enjoy the golf trip of a lifetime here in the valley.
Shauna Merritt grew up in a small community outside of Vernon, BC - and has a deep rooted love for all things Okanagan. When she’s not working in the marketing department at Tourism Kelowna, you can probably find her shopping at the Farmer’s Market, sampling a new release at a local tasting bar, or exploring the hidden coves and beaches of Okanagan Lake.