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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Lake Country

Lake Country
The District of Lake Country is located just north of Kelowna city limits and 38 km (24 miles) south of Vernon on Hwy 97.

Duck, Wood and Kalamalka Lakes
Lake Country is made up of four smaller communities called Okanagan Centre, Winfield, Oyama, and Carr's Landing. Lake Country is situated in the centre of Okanagan Lake in the west with Duck, Wood and Kalamalka Lake in the east.

Central Okanagan Regional District
Lake Country falls within the boundaries of the Central Okanagan Regional District (CORD) with a population of around 10,000 residents (2004). Winfield contains the most population and serves as the business hub for the district.

Country Lifestyle
With a land base made up of approximately 80% agriculture or green space, Lake Country can provide you with large amounts of open space for that relaxed country lifestyle.

Most Lakeshore of any Community
Lake Country has the distinction of having the most lakeshore of any municipality in British Columbia. All four communities are sandwiched between Okanagan Lake in the west with Duck, Wood, and the southern part of Kalamalka Lake in the east.

Panoramic Views
The communities of Okanagan Centre and Carr's Landing have incredible views of Okanagan Lake looking to the west. Oyama has panoramic views, including Wood Lake plus borders on the southern end of Kalamalka Lake

'Where You Belong'
With a mild climate in the winter and ideal summer temperatures, the district's theme for retirees and people relocating has been 'Where You Belong.'

Clean Environment
This country is ideal with fantastic lake views, a clean environment, world-class golfing and these lakes are a boater's paradise. You will be able to enjoy the qualities of a small close-knit community yet be close to the big city atmospheres of Kelowna and Vernon.

Fantastic Parks and Recreation
There are really fantastic parks located in Lake Country that fall under the responsibility of the CORD. Most of these are located right on the nearby lakes with beachfront swimming areas available for the kids. Okanagan Safe Harbour features a place for boaters to ride out Okanagan Lake storms. If you need it, there is a boat launch available here.

Fruit Growing
Throughout these four communities the main focus historically has been on the fruit growing and agriculture industries. As you drive along Hwy 97 you will notice this - orchards, farming equipment and fruit stands all pointing to a proud past.

Today smaller manufacturing industries have set up with more tourist attractions revolving around agri-tourism. By combining a working farm with a learning experience, the concept of agri-tourism is taking off.

Gatzke's Farm Market
To experience Lake Country agri-tourism make sure you visit Gatzke's Farm Market located on Highway 97 in Oyama. Gatzke's has been around since 1942 and has always been popular with locals and tourists alike featuring up to 57 varieties of fruit trees.

Wineries and Vineyards
A few vineyards and wineries operate out of Lake Country called Arrowleaf Cellars, Gray Monk Cellars and Ex Nihilo Vineyards. They are all conveniently located conveniently located side by side on Camp Road. Take the Okanagan Road turnoff on Hwy 97 to Okanagan Centre and look for Camp Road.

Lake Country ArtWalk
Lake Country is home to a budding group of artists who showcase their artwork in the annual Lake Country ArtWalk. Come in early September and see a great variety of art from the local galleries.

Lake Country Museum
History buffs, should visit the Lake Country Museum that showcases the early transportation routes of the paddle wheelers that went to Okanagan Centre and Carr's Landing. There are also some old photos dating back to the late 1800's and various antique farm equipment to look at.

Close to Wildlife and Backcountry Adventures
Lake Country is extremely close to lots of wildlife and backcountry adventures. One area that is really handy and gets you introduced to the local bush is Beaver and Dee Lakes.

Great Trout Fishing
This area is directly east of Winfield and takes you into the higher lakes at elevations around 1,402 metres (4,600 ft.) There is some great trout fishing available combined with some excellent resorts along the lakes. Make sure you phone the Oceola Fish and Game Club at 250-766-4617 for detailed up to date fishing information.

Forest Service Recreation Sites
For Forest Service Recreation Sites try going up into Oyama Lake just east of Oyama. The fishing is really good and you will have good access to the backcountry. There at least 15 recreation sites along lakes that are too numerous to list. You won't be disappointed if you like to kick back and relax. For up-to-date fishing information, contact the Oceola Fish and Game Club.

Ellison Provincial Park
For snorkeling and scuba diving there is Ellison Provincial Park situated on Okanagan Lake. This park features sunken wrecks, schools of fish, sandy beaches and excellent swimming. Make sure you take good walking shoes; Ellison has some excellent hikes but can be dangerous because of the steep bluffs that surround the bays. If you're driving, access to Ellison Provincial Park is provided via Vernon, but if you have a speedboat, it is only about five minutes from Carr's Landing.

Tween Lake Resort
Lake Country has a few favourite places to visit if your passing through. One if you enjoy RV camping is the at Tween Lake Resort located in Oyama.



Lake Country Links



Map of Lake Country
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Oyama General Store
Oyama General Store


Tween Lake Resort
Tween Lake Resort


Gatzke's Farm Market
Gatzke's Farm Market

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