From resort villages atop forested mountains to deep valley lakes and desert wildlife, Canada's Okanagan has all the adventure and activities for great vacations. The dry, moderate climate and fertile valleys provide outstanding recreation throughout the year, acclaimed wineries, and towns still honoring their frontier and farm heritage make this a region grounded in history but still bustling with new and exciting opportunities for fun and travel. Along the US border, the Okanagan-Boundary country is a true desert — unique in Canada. Heading north, the sage land yields to ponderosa pine forest around Okanagan Falls, Kaleden, and Apex Mountain, with secluded lakes and estate properties. North and east from Kelowna and Vernon are forested highlands and peaks ideal for sports and adventure.
The heart of the Okanagan is Kelowna, with its airport, specialty stores, businesses, university, sport and concert facilities. The Downtown Cultural District boasts a fine traditional Japanese garden, art galleries, casino games, waterfront harbour, parks, and a range of performing art spaces. Lodging choices that welcome gay and lesbian vacationers range from major convention hotels to hostels. The restaurants, with a ready supply of choice produce, game, fish, and meats – offer a selection of fine dining. Look for vintage Canadiana as well as traditional crafts sold at farmers markets. Local produce such as lavender, honey, and fruitwoods take on new forms in the hands of local artisans.