Kettle Valley Rail Trail, Myra Canyon, Kelowna, Okanagan
Photo by Meghan Reading

Okanagan Summer Fun

From Desert Valley to Mountain Top

The Okanagan has an amazing array of ecosystems, elevations and climates. Come and explore them all as you travel from south to north on Route 97, from 283 m (929 ft) in Osoyoos to 2,315m (1.44 mi) above sea level at Big White. Get your fill of Okanagan summer fun!

Experience Osoyoos with Wakepilot

WakepilotOsoyoos has the warmest freshwater lake in all of Canada and Wakepilot is there to provide you with all the water toys (big and small) that you need to enjoy it.

You don’t need to bring a thing, they have wakeboards, waterskis and surf charters, personal watercraft, boats, stand up paddleboards and kayak rentals. Their all-inclusive watersports charters include either the Super Air Nautique GS22 or G21 wakeboard boat, wakeboards, surfers, water-skis, vests, fuel, and a coach/driver that competes at the national level.

Don’t worry about your experience level. The people at Wakepilot have the skills and experience to teach every level of rider whether you are wakeboarding, surfing, or skiing. Head over to Walnut Beach Marina on Lakeshore Drive in Osoyoos and pick your craft, then head out on the water. They now have brand new SeaDoo GTI personal watercraft and they offer pick-ups at select locations with their charters.

When you’re done playing on the water, stay and enjoy the only licensed beach in Canada. All Wakepilot guests get access to Walnut Beach Resort’s stunning beach with a free wristband!

Okanagan ATV Tours for Okanagan Summer Fun

Okanagan ATV ToursDrive north from Osoyoos on Route 97 and you’ll reach Peachland, where you’ll find Okanagan ATV Tours. They offer exciting tours that showcase British Columbia’s beautiful Okanagan to all levels of ATV riders and passengers. This tour is great for beginners wanting an easy ride, experts looking for a challenge, or something in between. Their experienced guides will lead you on a variety of great trails, with great scenery and great fun. You will have many photo opportunities as you drive on forest paths and mountain top trails to pristine lakes and breathtaking viewpoints.

Choose from a two or four-hour tour with some fun combinations. There’s the Rip and Zip which has two hours of ATVing and ziplining at the Zipzone in Peachland. Like wine? Then choose the ATV & Wine Tasting Tour which includes a two-hour ATV tour, followed by wine tasting at two wineries and a lunch stop (transportation included).

Monashee Adventure Tours

Monashee Adventure ToursContinue north on Route 97 to Kelowna where you can explore the Myra Canyon on foot or bicycle. Monashee Adventure Tours has the Myra shuttle with daily transport in luxury Mercedes Benz vans from your accommodation to Myra Canyon and the Kettle Valley Rail Trail (KVR). Choose from self-guided or guided tours. They offer maps if you prefer to cycle back to Kelowna wineries or to the Naramata wineries on the other end of the KVR trail.

They can customize for groups as they have a fleet of over 60 bikes. When you want something tailored to your tastes, they have customized route planning for multi-day KVR cycle tours. There are also lodging and camping options. Come and experience the historic KVR, wineries and the Myra Canyon in the Okanagan.

Myra Canyon Bike Rentals

Myra Canyon RentalsYou can drive right up to access point of Myra Canyon and rent a bike. Take McCulloch Road and Myra Forest Service Road to the parking lot and hop on a bike. Myra Canyon Bike Rentals are the only company to offer on-site bicycle rental, right at the entrance of the trail. It’s great family fun and you can rent adult and children’s bicycles, tandems, and tag-alongs. Trailers are also available. Take a guided or self-guided tour from the canyon entrance all the way to Penticton. All guided and self-guided tours, include pick-up and drop off transportation in Kelowna area.

You can travel the entire KVR from Kelowna to Penticton or just part of the 24-km (15 mi) circuit. This great activity takes about four hours at a moderate pace which allows for photo stops and breaks to just take in the scenery.

Big White Under the Snow

As you drive north from downtown Kelowna, take your adventure even higher and take Hwy 33 up to Big White. Many people know about Big White and its champaign powder in the winter. What you may not know is that it’s a great warm weather destination too!

Discover what’s under the snow at Big White. Come experience the summer air and mountain landscapes. Take a scenic chairlift ride and enjoy a day of sunshine and picturesque landscapes as you explore the area by foot or on your mountain bike.

Big White Bike - bike lift

Big White is home to BC’s newest bike park. There’s a unique world-class, lift-serviced mountain bike trail network that will speak to the soul of mountain biking. Whether you are enduro, downhill, freeride or a youth mountain biker, you’ll find this experience well worth it.

These trails have been built by mountain bikers, for mountain bikers. The expert and pro level trails are great for more aggressive riders. The family flow trails are where novices can learn to catch some air and carve turns.

Wood Lake RV Park and Marina

Wood Lake RvOnce you’ve tackled the desert, Osoyoos Lake, the back country, Myra Canyon and the Big White, you’ll need a place to rest up for the next adventure. A few minutes north of Kelowna, you’ll Wood Lake RV Park and Marina. Located right on Wood Lake, with direct beach access, this is a go-to destination for RV and water sport enthusiasts. There’s free Wi-Fi and fully serviced sites.

This is an amazing gateway to more than 50 km (31 mi) of water recreation as sparkling Wood Lake is connected by canal to Kalamalka Lake, the most beautiful lake in the Okanagan. Fish for rainbow trout, or explore the lakes by kayak, canoe and stand up paddleboard. Enjoy the peaceful sounds of Winfield Creek and catch the sights of great blue herons, mallard ducks and an vast array of bird life. Soaring bald eagles dot the sky and the distant cries of osprey can be heard from dawn to evening dusk.

Wood Lake RV Park and Marina is open from April through mid-October and their amenities include a modern 66 slip marina, shower and washroom facilities, coin laundry, children’s playground, convenience store, boat/trailer parking and guest/visitor parking.

Road Trips

While you’re here, there are other place to visit, things to see, and adventures to be had. Check out the Okanagan Corridor road trip and the Shuswap Loop. It’s all here for you to explore, in, on and around Route 97.