Best of Okanagan Valley

Top itineraries and travel advice in and around Okanagan Valley
Pasley Island near Vancouver
Guide to British Columbia's Regions

British Colombia has the perfect trip for everyone, any time of year. From cosmopolitan Vancouver to the vast tracks of wilderness in the north, from wine tasting in the rolling hills of the Okanagan to salmon-fishing in wild waters of Haida Gwaii, there really is something for everyone. To help you figure out your perfect trip, we've broken down the main regions for you to consider.

Osoyoos rests at the south end of the Okanagan Valley
Map of Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 6 Days
Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 6 Days

This 6-day itinerary through the Okanagan Valley is perfect for wine and outdoor enthusiasts. It begins in Vancouver, where you can walk or bike Stanley Park's Seawall before driving the winding Crowsnest Highway through forested parkland to reach Kelowna. Tour a wide variety of vineyards and sample local wines after a morning spent biking, hiking, and swimming around the Okanagan.

A vineyard overlooking a Kelowna subdivision
Map of Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 5 Days
Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 5 Days

Undertake a quick 5-day trip through the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia's premier wine region. A five-hour drive away from the dynamic west coast city of Vancouver, you'll weave your way alongside the Similkameen River and through the forested parkland's of the Crowsnest Highway to reach the "Napa of the North." You'll have one night in Kelowna, the perfect jumping-off point for the surrounding vineyards, restaurants, and outdoor adventures.

Vineyards above Okanagan Lake near Summerland
Map of Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 8 Days
Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 8 Days

In eight days, you'll experience the best of Okanagan Valley's wine region. Starting and ending in Vancouver, this scenic drive takes you through the coastal mountains toward the drier interior of the Okanagan Valley. Split four days between Kelowna and Osoyoos, visiting both newer and more established wineries while taking in some outdoor adventure.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 10 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 10 Days

With 10 days, experience the best of British Columbia's wine country and the Canadian Rockies. You'll start in Vancouver and spend the first half of the trip wine tasting and getting out on the great biking and hiking trails of Okanagan Valley. From there, head north into the mountains to some of Canada's most dramatic national parks—ending your trip in the spectacular (and underrated) hiking region of Kananaskis Country.

Emerald Lake, Yoho National Park
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 9 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 9 Days

This fast-paced road trip takes you across British Columbia on a popular route from Vancouver to Calgary. You'll have 2-3 hours of driving most days, with a couple of free days to immerse yourself in the Okanagan Valley's wine country and Kananaskis Country, the hidden gem of the Canadian Rockies. This itinerary is best suited for those who enjoy great food and wine and want to combine this with outdoor adventures. 

The lakes and mountains of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia's wine region
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 11 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 11 Days

Follow one of British Columbia's most popular road trips, crossing the province from Vancouver to Calgary. While there are a few different routes to choose from, this itinerary takes you through the wine region and lake country of the Okanagan Valey before finishing your trip surrounded by the epic scenery of the Canadian Rockies. You'll have short driving days for most of the trip so you can maximize your time in the outdoors. 

Town of Revelstoke, one of BC's most popular outdoor destinations
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 13 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 13 Days

After a couple of days in Vancouver, head east to the dry interior of the Okanagan Valley, home to hundreds of local vineyards, fruit orchards, and lake parks. Split your days between mountain biking and hiking in the local mountains and visiting the wineries and restaurants in the afternoon. From here, the second half of your trip focuses on the dramatic peaks and alpine trails in the Canadian Rockies before departing from Calgary.

Wine vineyards near Penticton in the Okanagan Valley
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 14 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 14 Days

With 2 weeks, this itinerary covers the best of British Columbia's wine region and the Canadian Rockies. You'll have short driving days and will base yourself in a number of great locations for multiple nights, where you can immerse yourself in the surroundings. This route is a great option for those looking to combine great wine and food outdoor adventure and dramatic scenery.

Fall in Kananaskis Country, south of Canmore
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 12 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 12 Days

In 12 days, follow this popular drive across British Columbia from Vancouver to Calgary. This particular route focuses on two main regions—the wine hills of the Okanagan Valley and the dramatic mountains of the Canadian Rockies. You'll have ample time to explore both regions, as you'll have two nights in most locations. This drive is best done between May and October.

Naramata Bench with Okanagan Lake in the background
Map of Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 15 Days
Vancouver to Calgary Road Trip: Okanagan Valley & Canadian Rockies - 15 Days

With 15 days, you'll have enough time to explore the hundreds of wineries and fruit farms of the fertile Okanagan Valley and immerse yourself in the dramatic scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Along the way, go swimming in freshwater lakes, hike through cedar forests, and drive along some of the most iconic roadways in Canada. Finish your trip by exploring one of the Rockies' most underrated regions in Kananaskis Country.

The Columbia River and Kootenay Rockies, near Radium Hot Springs
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 10 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 10 Days

Drive through three diverse landscapes—the Rockies, Kootenays, and Okanagan—on this 10-day road trip. After getting a taste of Calgary's cowboy heritage, you'll weave your way through British Columbia's most beautiful parks, down through the untamed wilderness of the Kootenays, to spend two nights in Canada's only desert, Osoyoos, in the southern Okanagan. You'll end the trip with two days in Vancouver, a sophisticated city with world-class restaurants, dominated by mountains and the sea.

Joffre Lakes Provincial Park
Map of British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 10 Days
British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 10 Days

On this self-drive tour, you'll explore southwestern and central British Columbia, discovering alpine mountains, surprising deserts, and the famed Okanagan wine country in 10 days. The tour will take you from dynamic Vancouver through the snow-covered Coast Mountains to Whistler. The circuit continues east to the wooded hills and farmlands of Salmon Arm before leading you through the orchards and wineries of the Okanagan Valley and to the southern desert town of Osoyoos.

A historic trestle bridge over the Myra Canyon, in the heart of the Okanagan near Kelowna
Map of Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 7 Days
Okanagan Valley Road Trip: Wine & Outdoors - 7 Days

This scenic week-long trip splits time in two of British Columbia's popular destinations: Vancouver, with its multi-cultural restaurants, art galleries, museums, and Pacific Coast backdrop, and the smaller, more relaxed city of Kelowna, the unofficial capital of the vine-striped and orchard laden Okanagan Valley. You'll visit a variety of wineries from large established estates to smaller family-run businesses surrounding Kelowna, as well as overnight in the charming village of Harrison Hot Springs—the perfect introduction to southern British Columbia.

Turquoise waters of Garibaldi Lake near Whistler
Map of British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 9 Days
British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 9 Days

This road trip loops through British Columbia's Coastal Mountains to the Okanagan, taking in scenic mountain views, arid deserts, and vine-striped valleys. Beginning and ending in Vancouver, follow the Sea-to-Sky Highway north to Whistler, through Cariboo Country to the quaint lakeside community of Salmon Arm, and down through the Okanagan Valley to Osoyoos. Dine on east-meets-west cuisine in Vancouver, step back in time at Historic Hat Creek, and hike amid alpine meadows and lakes in E.C. Manning Provincial Park.

Tod Lake near Sun Peaks Resort
Map of British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 7 Days
British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 7 Days

A week-long road trip, featuring British Columbia's Coast Mountains and the wine region of the Okanagan. Starting and ending in Vancouver, you'll drive through Whistler, Sun Peaks, and then south through the Okanagan Valley to Kelowna and back to Vancouver. This route is relatively fast-paced and best suited for those who are short on time but want to cover the main highlights of the Coast Mountains and Okanagan. 

Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 8 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 8 Days

This fast-paced road trip takes you from Calgary to Vancouver in 8 days. You'll pass through the dramatic landscape of the Canadian Rockies, the picturesque towns of the Kootenays, and the laid-back wine country of the Okanagan Valley. This itinerary is designed for people who don't mind driving long hours in order to cover a vast region with numerous highlights. 

Autumn sunrise over Salmon Arm in Shuswap Country
Map of British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 8 Days
British Columbia Circuit: Whistler, Shuswap, & Okanagan Valley - 8 Days

This scenic road trip starts and ends in Vancouver and takes you through the Coastal Mountains to Shuswap Lake before turning south through the farms, orchards, and vineyards of the famed Okanagan Valley. Over eight days, you'll venture across southwestern and central British Columbia to explore exceptional landscapes from high alpine mountains to marshy lowlands and arid deserts in and around Osoyoos. Thread the weaving Gold Nugget Road, paddle a replica of a 30-foot voyageur canoe, and drink wine until your heart's content at world-class wineries in the Okanagan.

Autumn in Banff National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days
Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days

Experience the best of the Canadian Rockies on this epic road trip from Calgary to Vancouver. Start by exploring famous Banff National Park before crossing over into British Columbia and heading south through interior lake country and historic mining communities. Finally, you'll have a few days to unwind and relax at the end of your trip by visiting some of the country's best wineries in the Okanagan Valley, surrounded by Canada's only desert. 

Floe Lake, Kootenay National Park
Map of Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 7 Days
Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 7 Days

On this 7-day road trip, explore the ice-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies, the backcountry wilds and mountain towns of the Kootenays, and the fruit and wine belt of the Okanagan. The adventure begins in Calgary before leading you into Banff National Park and then south into Kootenay National Park, before arriving in down-to-earth Nelson. After Nelson, drive through the arid desert of Osoyoos before ending your trip in Vancouver.

Lake Louise in Banff National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 9 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 9 Days

In just 9 days, you'll drive the vast distance between Calgary and Vancouver, taking in the main highlights along the way. This specific route will have you spend two days in the Canadian Rockies before heading into the heart of the Kootenay Rockies to explore its small, historical towns. From there, finish your trip with a couple of days of enjoying the great wineries and restaurants of the Okanagan Valley before departing from Vancouver. 

Two Jack Lake at the gulf of Lake Minnewanka in Banff National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 15 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 15 Days

From craggy snow-capped peaks to icy-blue glacial lakes and rushing streams, this epic road trip features a trio of Canada's famed national parks—Banff, Yoho, and Revelstoke—that highlight the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Starting in Calgary, you'll pass through the mountain resort town of Banff and Lake Louise before venturing into the dramatic landscapes of the less explored (and equally stunning) national parks of the Kootenays. Then you'll trace British Columbia's southern border and spend time in Canada's only desert, Osoyoos—the perfect locale to drink wine and discover Okanagan wine country—before ending your trip in Vancouver.

Alpine meadows blanket Mt. Revelstoke in the summer months
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 9 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 9 Days

This 9-day driving adventure focuses on the Canadian Rockies, including the Kootenay Rockies and the southern end of the vine-striped Okanagan. You'll explore British Columbia's impressive landscape from emerald-green lakes to glacial rivers and rugged mountain tops. Challenge yourself with a half-day hike in Banff National Park, canoe the Columbia River Wetlands amid wildlife near Golden, and discover wines of the snaking Similkameen Valley en route to Vancouver.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 8 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 8 Days

Explore the beauty of southern British Columbia, from the stunning peaks of the Rockies to the fertile valley of the Okanagan. This 8-day drive begins in Calgary and ends in Vancouver and offers the outdoor enthusiast numerous opportunities to get into the rugged wilderness as well as indulge in more refined cultural experiences. You'll visit the small communities of the Slocan Valley, see the impressive Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park, and hike through the old-growth forests around Revelstoke.

Mt. Assiniboine and Lake Magog, Mount Assiniboine Provincial Park
Map of Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 11 Days
Canadian Rockies to Vancouver: Banff, Radium, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 11 Days

Highlighting the towering Canadian Rocky Mountains, the wild and rugged Kootenays, and the vineyards of the southern Okanagan, this 11-day road trip takes you from Canada's cowboy capital of Calgary through to the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver. You'll cover significant ground in some of the country's best national parks from hiking around the deep-teal Moraine Lake in popular Banff to soaking in the natural rock-lined hot pools of Lussier Hot Springs. Hike, bike, and white water raft your way around glacier-fed lakes, alpine meadows, and turbulent rivers.

Moraine Lake, Banff National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 10 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 10 Days

With 10 days, you'll have just enough time to drive across British Columbia without feeling too rushed. You'll start with a few days of exploring the iconic Canadian Rockies before heading into the heart of the Kootenay Rockies, famous for its beautiful mountain towns and historic communities. End the trip with a couple of days of wine and relaxation before departing from Vancouver. 

Sunrise over Bow Lake, Banff National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 11 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 11 Days

Spend the first half of your trip exploring the mountains and lakes of the Canadian Rockies before veering south through the beautiful wine region of the Okanagan Valley. Here, hit the bike trails, beaches, and check out the great local wineries in this desert-like region of Canada. Finally, end your trip with a couple of days to shop and eat out in Vancouver.

Three Valley Lake near Revelstoke
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 12 Days

This route takes you through the best of the Canadian Rockies to the wine country of the Okanagan Valley, where you can relax and unwind after your adventures in the mountains. Along the way, you'll pass through historic communities and the natural hot springs around Nakusp, Kaslo, and Nelson. Finally, end with a couple of days to explore Vancouver's great dining scene and local neighborhoods.

Natural Bridge, a rock formation in Yoho National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 14 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 14 Days

Immerse yourself in the wild and rugged beauty of British Columbia on this two-week road trip that covers the province's best natural highlights. Carving an "S" through the Canadian Rockies, Kootenays, and the fruit belt of the Okanagan, you'll begin in Calgary, drive through Banff, Yoho, and Mount Revelstoke national parks, and end your journey along the southern border sipping some of the best local wines.

Peyto Lake, Banff National Park
Map of Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 13 Days
Calgary to Vancouver Road Trip: Banff, Revelstoke, Nelson, & Osoyoos - 13 Days

Starting in Calgary and ending in Vancouver, you'll cross the Canadian Rockies with ample time to explore beautiful Banff National Park. After the Rockies, wind your way south through historic mining towns and lake country to the province's famous wine region, the Okanagan Valley. Here, in Osoyoos, visit some of the best smaller local wineries that British Columbia has to offer before ending your trip with a day to explore Vancouver.