Lake Country is a district municipality with a population of approximately 15,000 in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. Lakes, orchards, vineyards and beautiful landscapes characterize the natural environment of Lake Country. Residents enjoy a healthy lifestyle focused on outdoor activities. Visitors keep coming back for the same reasons.
Rich and diverse, this Okanagan community is where the arts, culture and heritage are essential parts of everyday life. It’s a tight-knit, engaged community that’s rich in culture and history within its four neighbourhoods – Carr’s Landing, Okanagan Centre, Oyama and Winfield – each has its own distinct histories and unique character.
As one of the fastest-growing areas in BC, Lake Country is a creative and forward-thinking community, actively building a vibrant future for all its residents.
Lake Country’s economy was founded on agriculture and local farmers continue to make a positive impact on the community. There are many farms, fruit stands and markets that have the freshest fruit and vegetables around.
Today, the landscape changes from thriving fruit canneries on Okanagan Lake, to lush green orchards, pastoral farms, rolling vineyards and even newly developed business areas.
As much as this area honours its roots… they also know how to have some fun, like ziplining, venturing down parks and trails and visiting vineyards!
• Lake Country restaurateurs satisfy a variety of palates with fine and casual dining options, also international fare including Japanese, Mexican, Greek, Thai and Italian.
• Kangaroo Creek Farm – yes, you read that right – is a kangaroo farm, here in Lake Country. It’s one of the Okanagan’s most popular destinations! The original animals were rescues, including some parrots, sugar gliders, chickens, ducks, a pot bellied pig, emu, peacock, goats, capybara, Patagonian cavies and a few rabbits.
• The Oyama Zipline has plenty of action, including a zipcourse, aerial park, freefall quickjump, kids play & even guided adventures
• Ahhh, a scenic sip – each year, thousands of lucky tourists visit the Okanagan Valley to enjoy fantastic wine touring experiences in Lake Country. The area receives more than 2,000 hours of sunshine per year, making for some optimum wine growing conditions.
The climate is cold and temperate. There’s a great deal of rainfall in Lake Country, even in the driest month. The rainfall here is around 375 mm (14.8 inches) per year. The average temperature in Lake Country is 7.6 °C (45.7 °F).
Destination BC is developing a new campaign to promote hyper-local travel where residents are “tourists-in-their own hometown,” while practising the COVID-19 safety protocols as recommended by the B.C. Provincial Health Officer. Many B.C. parks are now open, and national parks were to open as of June 1.
(Check this website for current details on travel.)
Driving: Travel time between Vancouver and Lake Country is 4 1/2 hours via Trans-Canada Hwy/BC-1 E, BC-5 N & BC-97C. The distance is 412 km (159 mi).
For more information, visit WestCoastTraveller.com.