Discover Oliver

Welcome to Oliver BC, your next home in the Okanagan Valley. The population of Oliver is close to 4,800, and continues to be one of 'the' places to retire in Canada. With over 2000 hours of annual sunshine, Oliver, BC boasts one of the warmest places in Canada. It sits on the northernmost point of the Great Basin Desert, providing a diverse landscape including wetlands, grasslands, forests and mountain meadows. The Nearby Lake, Tuc El Nuit, offers a variety of water sports such as fishing, windsurfing and canoeing.

There are many areas around Oliver to take a leisurely stroll or hike up a mountain or down the beautiful International Hike and Bike Trails along the Okanagan River and past the vineyards. If you like to bird watch, the surrounding area has 28,000 species of birds that await the avid or amateur ornithologist. Whether you’ve got binoculars, a telephoto camera or a smartphone in your pocket, you’ll be reaching for it to capture an image of our feathered friends, perhaps even a “who’s who” of the local owl population if you’re lucky.

 

Wine Country

vineyardsBOliver was labelled the 'Wine Capital of Canada' by Tourism British Columbia while having two dozen wineries all located around the township of Oliver. These fine wineries will keep you hydrated during the summer's hot, dry weeks. Take a break on a vineyard's patio with some local vino or a gourmet dinner as the sun sets at one of our fine dining establishments.

Like jewellery? Take the Oliver Wine Bead Tour and start building your collection. After a sip or two, take your sunscreen and stroll through a museum or art gallery and learn about Oliver’s colourful history. Finish the day with Music in the Park, with your toes embracing the cool grass and your ears enjoying some cool tunes, or grab a partner and dance the night away as the stars come out.

 

The Blossoms Are Calling

Take a moment to breath in the blossoms of fruit trees in the spring. Soon the hills will be flourishing with fruit of all kinds as the area orchards and vineyards become a colour palate worthy of a masterful painting, and trees welcome the warm sun. Did we mention Oliver is one of the warmest places in Canada?

Looking to master your swing, or merely putt around a green? Golf is definitely in season, with several courses to suit any level from beginner to pro.

 

The Fields are Full of Colour

oliver4During the fall season a culmination of a hot summer extends into a warm, golden-hued season of harvesting all that Oliver offers, from fruit to wine to spectacular moments in nature.

Join in the Okanagan Fall Wine Festival, and browse dozens of events throughout the region. Be a winemaker, if only for a few hours. Form a team, get some costumes, and stomp some grapes at the Festival of the Grape.

The harvest season is long and varied, and nothing tastes better than your own, hand-picked and hand-made “farm to table” pie. Explore fruit stands dotted along highways and country roads, gathering all the fresh ingredients any cook could desire.

Head outdoors to watch the salmon run, or hike up McIntyre Bluff in search of wildlife and truly get back to the land, capturing the stillness of a moment with a Bighorn sheep.

During the winter months your can enjoy a movie or live performance at the South Okanagan Concert Series. Grab some hot chocolate and explore!

 

Life in the Fast Lane

area 27 motosports track designed by jacques villeneuveCanadian racing legend Jacques Villeneuve is one of the lead partners in an exciting new development in the Okanagan. A group of enthusiasts is proposing a semi-private club based around a new 5-kilometre circuit designed to meet the requirements for FIA level 2 events, to be built in the Okanagan valley southeast of Oliver, B.C.

Phase I of the proposed development saw work begin on track construction in the spring 2014, and will include a driving academy and a karting facility. Later phases would add a clubhouse, on-site support facilities, vehicle storage and residential units.

A meeting for this development took place in Osoyoos with a hearty membership drive kicking off for driving enthusiasts of all ages. The founders described their concept of a “Motorsports Country Club” for the enjoyment of sports and high-performance cars, similar in concept to a golf resort. The track and facilities, which would be designed under the direction of Villeneuve, are expected to cost between $10- and $12-million dollars.

 

 

 

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