With a name that speaks for itself, Summerland is a beautiful summer vacation destination with all the good stuff. Massive sparkling lakes set amongst desert-like terrain equals hot days for swimming and sunbathing, countless fresh fruit and vegetable stands and of course a huge selection of Okanagan wineries to check out!
We stayed for a week at Summerland Campground, where tons of families corral their kids into RVs and go to enjoy the best of the season, (there was also a pool!). A 10 minute walk through a riverside forest trail took us right to the beach on Skaha Lake. We spent most of our time at the dog beach, which was less crowded and closer. Also, we had Chance with us.
Also a plus, there were to few to no people present early in the morning which made the beach an amazing location to do some yoga as the day grew warmer.
Out of the plethora of delectable wineries in the area, we hit about 6 or 7, indulging in multiple tastings and enjoying the scenery of the valley and the lush vineyards themselves. One of my favorites was ‘See Ya Later’ Ranch, dedicated to the founder’s deceased dog. It offered amazing views and wines to match.
Closer to our campground, Sleeping Giant Winery, also the home of Summerland Sweets featured tastings of pure fruit wines from the bounty of the area. I was a fan in particular of the apple and blackberry wines, with cranberry, raspberry and blueberry as runners up. Outside the winery sits the old VIA rail railroad tracks, where a restored old steam engine take visitors across the trestle while the conductor shares some history of the railroad and area.
After a week of blissful sun-soaking, wine tasting and stargazing, we had back to Revelstoke, first stopping at a cute touristy farm, The Log Barn, with lots of goats and neat things to look at, including the mist over the mountains in the distance!
If you love hot weather, lakes and tons of wine, Summerland is the place for you!