The Okanagan Valley is a busy place when Canadians starved of vitamin D flock to beaches and vineyards as temperatures climb. Summerland Waterfront Resort & Spa offers a secluded retreat from the valley’s busyness without sacrificing warm-weather fun.
You won’t be the only species seeking refuge. The resort is built on the edge of a wetland, and with few wetlands remaining in the valley your neighbours will include birds, turtles, and beavers. The resort takes extra care to protect this sensitive environment, being one of two dozen hotels in the province to receive a four key rating from the Hotel Association of Canada’s Green Key sustainability program.
Located on a sandy beach with unbroken views down Okanagan Lake, you can swim, kayak, stand-up paddleboard, or build sand castles. There are organized summer activities for kids and adults; even your dog is welcome.
Each Tuesday, Summerland offers a farmer’s market where you can taste spring cherries, summer peaches or fall apples. The area attracts artists and musicians and you can meet several at events held at the resort. In fall Summerland’s Ryga Arts Festival celebrates live music and artistic workshops inspired by George Ryga, one of Canada’s well-known playwrights.
If you want a short road trip, travel a few kilometres up to the highway to Okanagan Lake Provincial Park. Look carefully at the high cliffs above the road where you may spot mountain goats or a Golden Eagle.