The Okanagan Valley located in British Columbia, Canada is world-renowned for its stunning natural setting, from the Monashee and Cascade Mountains, to the famous Okanagan Lake and sprawling wine fields that surround it. Voted the 2nd best wine region to visit in the world, it should come as no surprise that the Okanagan Valley is fast becoming a hotspot for newlyweds looking for a tranquil destination to unwind at after their wedding.
Not quite convinced? Let’s count the ways the Okanagan Valley will charm you to become the ultimate honeymoon destination in 2017!
With both local and international visitors flocking to the Okanagan, the region has its fair share of both luxury and affordable hotels. And with such an idyllic location, most of them are located in prime vantage points all over the region. From the family-friendly Penticton Lakeside Resort that sits right on the Okanagan Lake (and has its own private beach and marina) to the Swarovski crystal-decorated Sparkling HIll Hotel and Spa near Vernon, you’ll find accommodation suited for every type of traveler in the Okanagan Valley.
B.C. wineries, big and small, are racking up the accolades at competitions worldwide. With 174 wineries in the Okanagan Valley alone, there’s plenty to see (and sip!) when you come visit. Many wineries are within walking distance of each other so wine tasting tours are popular amongst tourists. Want to know the best part? You can hire a local tour operator for the day, enjoy a day of sipping some of the best wine in the world while taking in the panoramic views of the Okanagan Lake.
Unlimited Water Sports
Did someone say water sports on your honeymoon? One of the perks of honeymooning in the Okanagan Valley is that you’ll be vacationing right alongside the famous Okanagan Lake. This lake is the largest lake in the Okanagan Valley, and provides countless opportunities for fun and relaxation. While many couples will be perfectly content relaxing by any one of the 30 beaches in the area, there are also a dozen water sports you can take part in if you’re looking for some thrills. From water skiing, parasailing and wakeboarding, to kayaking, kite surfing and sea-dooing, there is literally every water sport imaginable at your disposal when you vacation in the Okanagan Valley.
The Great River Float
If you and your other half are more of a ‘float lazily on an inner tube down a river’ kind of couple, well, you’ve hit the jackpot choosing to honeymoon in the Okanagan. Located in the lakeside town of Penticton, the Penticton River Channel offers visitors the chance to float down the man-made channel while taking in the glorious summer sun. Stretching a little over 4 miles long, visitors have the option to enjoy a relaxing one hour float to the halfway point or take the scenic route and drift the entirety of the channel (which takes around 3-4 hours). What was once meant to control flooding in the fifties has turned into one of Penticton’s most popular summer activities. And, guess what? It’s 100% free.
The Best Ski Resorts all in One Place
The Okanagan Valley has five world-class ski resorts within a short driving distance from one another. The Apex Mountain Ski Resort (voted the best small destination resort by Ski Canada magazine) is ideal for families while Big White’s amazing powder (located near Kelowna) is a big draw for travelers from all over the world. Don’t forget to try out Silver Star Mountain Resort, only a short drive from Vernon. Known for its great terrain, it makes for some spectacular downhill and cross-country skiing and boarding, as well as a slew of other fun outdoor adventures including snowmobiling. Bottom line - spending your honeymoon in the winter wonderland that is the Okanagan Valley will be one for the books!
Night Time Fun
Here’s the deal: Las Vegas may be the casino capital of the world, but the Okanagan Valley has its own share of exciting casinos for those newlyweds hoping to strike it big on their trip. There are four official casinos located throughout the Okanagan Valley, all which come with electronic or live tables, slot machines and no-limit poker. So make sure to bring your game face! No matter your style, you’re sure to have a fun time at any one of the region’s night time entertainment options.
World-Class Rock Climbing
Besides its famous lakes and renowned wineries, the Okanagan Valley is also recognized for its world-class rock climbing opportunities. The Skaha Bluffs, located in the southern Okanagan near Penticton, is considered one of Canada’s premier climbing destinations. The Okanagan is known for its reliable sunny weather and boasts one of the longest climbing seasons in the country. But the Skaha Bluffs Park isn’t only meant for climbing. For those a little less vertically inclined, the park also offers a variety of other recreational opportunities including hiking and wildlife viewing.
If you’re an outdoorsy couple looking to experience the scenic beauty of the Okanagan, then cycling through the Kettle Valley Railway Trail is the ultimate outdoor experience for you to enjoy on your honeymoon. The abandoned railway bed winds through south central British Columbia and runs through all the major towns of the Okanagan Valley. Cyclists can choose to make it a casual riding day and enjoy a shorter section of the trail or complete the entire trail for a more challenging riding adventure. The corridor features many breathtaking views and scenery of the Okanagan that’ll make this trail a truly immersive and memorable experience.
Non-Stop Events and Festivals
Between busy Kelowna up north and picturesque Penticton in the south, rest assured there’s always something going on in the Okanagan Valley. There are dozens of festivals and concerts throughout the year to captivate visitors. From Oktoberfest and Farmer’s Markets in the fall to wine and music festivals in the summer (not too mention a world-famous dragon boat race competition in August!), visitors can expect to attend a different event every night of their stay.
Adrenaline-Pumping Adventure Tours
For the adrenaline junkie in all of us, take a walk on the wild side with the Okanagan’s top adventure tours! Always wanted to try ziplining? ZipZone has got you covered. Try out parasailing for the first time with Okanagan’s top adventure team. The region even offers jetpack classes for couples wanting to experience what it’s like to hover above water. With the region’s ever changing seasons, there are different types of fun adventures to take part in every season.
For couples enjoying a winter getaway, the Okanagan Valley’s top ski resorts offer a slew of winter sport tours, from snowmobiling to heli skiing. One thing we know for sure- from the spectacular natural scenery to the countless regional adventures available, the Okanagan Valley is guaranteed to take your breath away