In the heart of the Okanagan Valley is a town called Summerland. As the name suggests, this place is like a paradise in the summer—but even in the winter, there are still plenty of things to do and adventures to be had.
When you’re exploring a place this picturesque, it’s hard to know where to begin. To help guide you along the way, we’ve put together this list of our favourite things to do in Summerland:
In a place like Summerland, you need to make time to smell roses! Visit the Summerland Ornamental Gardens, which are open year round (even during the winter). Originally created in 1916, these gardens feature beautiful flower beds, heritage trees, and shrubs. If you keep your eyes open, you can see some of the birds that frequent the gardens, including Steller’s Jays, Mountain Chickadees, and Pileated Woodpeckers.
When you’re in the gardens, take a deep breath, and enjoy the relaxing floral aroma. This popular destination is also a butterfly hotspot.
Spanning 6 hectares, it takes an afternoon to explore these gardens. You’ll get a great view of Okanagan Lake and Trout Creek Train Trestle. If you have a furry friend, you’ll be happy to know that on-leash dogs are permitted at the park.
Giant’s Head Mountain was a volcano, until it erupted and shattered hundreds of years ago. Now, it’s used as a hiking trail that features a panoramic view of Summerland.
Wondering what gives this landmark its name? If you look at its profile, you’ll notice that it resembles a face. This unique structure was formed by glaciers.
The trek to Giant’s Head Mountain Park is a journey in itself. But once you get to the top, you’ll see that all your hard work was worth it. You’ll enjoy a scenic view of Summerland’s canyons, orchards, and vineyards. Some say that it’s the best view in all of Summerland.
Thanks to its plentiful vineyards and orchards, Summerland is full of award-winning wineries. When you drive or cycle down Bottleneck Drive, you can stop at all the breweries and wineries along the way. In total, this route includes 1 distillery, 4 cideries, and 14 wineries! Just be sure to take the tour with a designated driver.
Celebrate the rich arts and culture scene in Summerland by visiting the Summerland Art Gallery. It features work from local artists. In their collections, you’ll find a mix of media, including portraits, pottery, and woodworking. Gallery collections change regularly, so be sure to check back often!
If you’re seeking some creative inspiration or looking to appreciate local art, make sure to stop by this gallery.
Did you know that there are five beaches in Summerland? We recommend visiting them all! Be sure to stop by:
Even on a hot summer day, you’ll have plenty of room to sprawl out on the sand with a towel and some sunscreen. Plan a picnic with your friends, or set up at a fire pit. Feel like a competitive game on the beach? Hit the volleyball court and have some fun in the sun.
If you’re a fan of water sports, many of these beaches have a boat launch; you can get out onto the lake for water skiing, tubing, or a scenic canoe ride.
Want to learn more about the history of Summerland? Take a trip to The Summerland Museum & Archives. Run by the SM&A Society, this non-profit organization is dedicated to preserving and sharing the heritage of Summerland.
Founded in 1965, this museum sheds light on the history of the Summerland district. You can browse their collection of preserved photos, documents, objects, maps, and other artifacts.
There are so many sights to see in Summerland; it’s hard to know where to start. But in a town full of beauty and history, it’s hard to go wrong.
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