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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Thompson Okanagan > Summerland

Summerland is located 18 km (11 miles) north of Penticton and 48 km (30 miles) south of Kelowna on Hwy 97.

Okanagan Lake
Summerland is situated on the western side of Okanagan Lake directly across from the community of Naramata which lies on the east side of the lake. Summerland enjoys a very pleasant climate and is well noted for the various fruit orchards and vineyards that are grown in the area.

"Olde English Towne"
Driving on Hwy 97 through Summerland, you tend to miss most of the town. But if you take the drive into the main part of Summerland, you will discover a town reminiscent of England, complete with a town crier, floral gardens and English architecture. Summerland has the slogan of being the "Olde English Towne."

Hwy 97
Summerland is basically divided into two halves with Hwy 97 being the dividing point. There is the upper part where you will find most of the restaurants, services, Memorial Park, medical facilities, recreational centre and downtown. Then there is the lower part where you'll find various orchards, view homes with panoramic vistas, four different beach areas, yacht club and the Trout Creek area.

Vineyards and Wineries along 'Bottleneck Drive'
If you're doing a sampling of the wineries or on a wine tour, make Summerland one of your destinations. There are a number of vineyards from which to choose along a wine route called 'Bottleneck Drive.' The wine tour takes you through the hills and beautiful scenery that surrounds Summerland.

Giant's Head Mountain
You will find two very unique landmarks in Summerland: One is Giant's Head Mountain which has a craggy-faced rock outcropping that has a distinct outline of a human's head on it. Wherever you are in Summerland the views of Giant's Head are all distinct and picturesque.

Hiking Trail
There is also a hiking trail that leads to the top of Giant's Head where you'll find scenic views of Okanagan Lake looking towards Naramata, westward up Prairie Valley and down south to Trout Creek, Penticton and the surrounding areas.

Trout Creek Canyon
The other landmark is Trout Creek Canyon. This enormous canyon contains the Trout Creek Canyon Trestle. This 73-metre (240 feet) high and 76-metre (249 feet) long deck truss bridge was the highest bridge span of the now-defunct Kettle Valley Railway.

Trans-Canada Trail
Now part of the Trans-Canada Trail, the old trestle gives you access across Trout Creek Canyon. Make sure you bring your camera the views are quite stunning especially from the lookout located on the grounds of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

Summerland Ornamental Gardens
If you enjoy gardens, the Summerland Ornamental Gardens are right next door to the Trout Creek Canyon Trestle in the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. Thanks to the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens and their ongoing volunteer work, the gardens are a 'must see.' The garden tour follows the walls of the canyon meandering through a rose garden and picnic area, eventually leading back to the picnic area.

Xeriscape-style Gardening
The garden areas include a large Xeriscape demonstration garden: a garden style that uses as little water as possible. The gardens are are also a 'must-see' especially if you are in concerned about utilizing water to a minimum.

Kettle Valley Steam Railway
If you do happen to visit the gardens or the Trout Creek Canyon, another attraction close by is Kettle Valley Steam Railway. This restored steam engine makes a short trip along the only section where the Kettle Valley Railway still in operation. If you have kids this makes an excellent place for them to marvel at this mechanical wonder.

Winter Season
Summerland has great recreational activities during all the seasons. In the winter snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and downhill at Apex Alpine Resort in Penticton is available. For curlers there is a curling rink located in Summerland with all sorts of bonspiels occurring throughout the season.

Other Seasons
During the other seasons there are great hiking, biking and walking opportunities on the Trans-Canada Trail. For boaters access to Okanagan Lake can be made along the lower road at Powell Beach or Rotary Beach. If you're a hunter, the hills and country have been known to have some good game opportunities. Summerland also has a very good recreation facility complete with pool and weight-training facility.

Summerland is a proud host for a number of events during the year. If your a fan of antique cars and hotrods try and make the Show & Shine in Memorial Park during the May long weekend Blossom Run. Usually you'll be able to view upwards of 250 "Rodtiques" on display. There is also a Fall Fair and the Trout Creek Music Festival during the month of September. Plus you'll marvel at the arrangement of lights during November's Festival of Lights.

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RV Campgrounds



Summerland Penticton
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Peach Orchard Beach
Peach Orchard Beach


Giants Head looking from Penticton
Giants Head


Trout Creek Canyon Trestle
Trout Creek Canyon Trestle


Trans-Canada Trail  in Summerland
Trans-Canada Trail




Giants Head Mountain - Summerland
Giants Head


Sun-Oka Beach
Sun-Oka Beach


Sun-Oka Beach
Sun-Oka Beach


View From Crescent Beach
View From Crescent Beach

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