known for its hot and sunny summers, grand lakes and sandy beaches.
This area extends west from Princeton, south to the USA border,
east into the Monashee Mountains and north to High
Okanagan Valley from Penticton to Vernon was formed over nine-thousand
years ago when the Pleistocene-era ice-age retreated from the valley.
Now a massive glacial lake is found in the valley floor. This glacial
retreat left behind deposits of gravel, silt and sand creating a
rich agricultural area known as the fruit belt and wine country.
north, from Vernon to Armstrong, Enderby to the Shuswap Lake is
dairy country. Long, hot days summers and cool evenings create a
mild dry climate in which is Canada's only desert climate. There
are over 100 lakes
with good fishing
in this region.
Tours of BC's Okanagan
from small farm-gate businesses to high-quality estate and commercial
enterprises, some of the province's finest wineries are located
in the Okanagan-Similkameen region. BC
wines of excellent quality have won awards at international
wine competitions in recent years. These wineries each have their
own unique character, may it be from generations of European tradition
or professional training. The Okanagan Wine Festival is held each
year in late September to early October. Each winery presents its
finest wines and offers various events such as grape stomping and
elaborate dinners where guests may sample award winning vintages.
Guided tours are available throughout the year.
origins of the Princeton Castle date back to the year 1910, when
it began it's life as the Portland Cement Plant. This industrial
cement plant and powerhouse cost over a million dollars, and workers
lives. It operated for just nine months, and then everything fell
silent. Today, a project is underway to save the history and beauty
of the Princeton Castle. Another twist that adds intrigue to this
historic site is the appearance of Mr. George Edwards, who was actually
Bill Miner, the notorious train robber. His hideout was on the hillside
near Princeton Castle and some say unfound treasure is hidden there.