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Official Visitor Guide


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Our family welcomes yours! Lunch at 11:30 am • Dinner at 5:00 pm Children’s Menu Available Casual Elegance & Historic Ambiance Call 250.494.1105 for Reservations 14015 Rosedale Avenue, Summerland, BC Food Photos: Dawn Kelliher

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Welcome to Summerland!

CORPORATION OF THE DISTRICT OF SUMMERLAND 13211 Henry Ave, Box 159 Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0 Phone 250-494-6451 Fax: 250-494-1415

Summerland, surrounded by sandy beaches and scenic hillsides of vineyards, orchards and mountains, is a gem nestled in the heart of the Okanagan Valley. Our cozy community (population approximately 11,000) has the warmth and friendliness of a small town but has all the amenities you will ever need. We have wonderful restaurants, accommodations and unique shops to visit.

The hot summer months are spent at the beaches where the water activities are unlimited. We have a children’s water park as well as a doggie beach. Golfing, fishing, wine touring, visiting fruit stands, biking and hiking our magnificent trails are just a few of the many past-times to partake in. Sport enthusiasts enjoy our Action Festival weekend in June which is an action packed weekend for runners, triathletes and ball players. There are a number of activities going on in the park for the whole family. People have flocked to our annual Fall Fair in September for more than 100 years. We are proud to show off our community’s agricultural and horticultural achievements as well as our local talent. Summerland has a vibrant cultural life and is home to many gifted artists. November brings our fabulous Festival of Lights celebration where the streets of Summerland are full of family and friends. During the winter months you can visit one of the many nearby ski hills. Skiing, snowmobiling, snow shoeing, skating, hockey, curling and ice fishing are just some of the fun things to do during the festive season. Whether you are picnicking at the picturesque Ornamental Gardens, riding an original steam train at the Kettle Valley Steam Railway or enjoying a walk up Giant’s Head Mountain, you will love all that Summerland has to offer!

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Janice Perrino Mayor

Table of Contents Welcome


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Arts & Culture








Outdoor Adventure


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Festivals & Events


Events Calendar


Live Here


Official Visitor Guide 2014 Production Publisher: Summerland Review Content: Summerland Chamber of Commerce Design: Tambellini Design Studio, Inc. Front cover photo: Darren Robinson/TOTA/SCC

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This guide may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without prior written permission from the Summerland Chamber of Commerce and the Summerland Review. The Summerland Chamber of Commerce has made every effort to ensure the information in this publication is accurate and will not be held responsible for any errors or omissions. All advertising content is the copyright material of the Summerland Review and may not be reproduced in whole or in part without their written consent. Printed in Canada. All rights reserved. Free distribution only.

Darren Robinson/TOTA/SCC Location: Thornhaven Estates Winery, Summerland

In your mind, you’re already in the heart of the Okanagan.You’re enjoying its many breathtaking attractions and exciting events, all within easy reach from a variety of wonderful accommodation.You’re savouring the pace, the charm and the new experiences that surround you in this surprising but never forgotten destination. In your mind, you’re already here. To make it a reality, start planning your trip at

Relocating to Summerland! Summerland is the perfect combination of lifestyle and opportunity. With meandering roads and views of brilliant blue water, lush orchards and spectacular vineyards at every turn, it’s hard to believe we’re so close to larger cities, an international airport and the US border. Families particularly love Summerland for our recreational opportunities, our excellent schools and our culture of helping our neighbors. As well, every type of farm-fresh fruit, produce and organics is available at our fingertips. When it comes to growth, Summerland has lots of opportunity - both on our Main Street and in our newest industrial park. With your great ideas and our beautiful community, we know you’ll fit right in. Download our new investment and relocation guide at and make your next move to Summerland. You’ll love it here. 5

Wineries Summerland’s wine experiences put a modern twist on the old world craft of wine making.

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Discover Bottleneck Drive With plenty of sun, moderate hilly terrain and the unique soil properties provided by a volcanic past, our wineries enjoy some of the best growing conditions in the Okanagan. Among the 14 award winning wineries that make up Summerland’s Bottleneck Drive Wine Route, there is something for every taste, including local fruit wine and organic pinot gris. Take a glass and chill out in charming tasting rooms that range from European romantic to industrial chic. Remember to make space on your calendar for winery events throughout the year, including entertainment and unique food pairing events. Find your perfect balance with sparkling wine in one hand and truffle popcorn in the other. For music lovers, mid June means Heard It Through The Grapevine, two days of live music and great wine. You’ll have to plan another visit closer to winter for Light Up The Vines, the largest annual local wine event of the year that runs the last weekend in November. This is when the wineries

pull out all the stops, with beautifully lit vineyards and plenty of mulled wine to get you in the holiday mood. The local’s pick: Adventurers: Don a headlamp and join the crew of volunteers for the annual autumn Moonlight Harvest event at SummerGate Winery. Classic style: Let yourself be whisked from winery to winery in a 1963 white Cadillac convertible from the Nixdorf Classic Car Museum. Locavores: Many of our wineries boast patios with stunning views, and welcome visitors to bring a picnic while enjoying a glass of wine. Collect delectable treats for your picnic basket at Summerland’s markets and organic bakery before heading out to create the ultimate Okanagan wine experience. Wine route maps are available at the Visitor Centre, or download yours at 7




A Rare Winery Experience in Summerland Okanagan Crush Pad is a custom winemaking facility and home to Haywire and Bartier Scholefield wines. Our wine shop is set in the heart of the production facility and offers a rare glance into the art of winemaking. Come and discover why our wines are being celebrated as the new Okanagan. Tasting lounge and wine shop open June 1 to September 30 – 10:30am to 5:30pm daily. For tutored tastings or groups larger than six, please call for an appointment. 250.494.4445 Ext 1 • 16576 Fosbery Rd, Summerland, BC •

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May to October: 11 am - 5 pm Daily November, December & April: 11 am - 4 pm Saturdays & Sundays January to March: By appointment

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For over 30 years Sumac Ridge has welcomed you home with quality wines crafted for your table.


For winery hours, tours, tastings and picnic lunches visit or call 250.494.0451 Find us on facebook and twitter

Please enjoy responsibly.


Open: 10:00am - 5:30pm April - May : weekends June - October : daily 250-494-7455 4917 Gartrell Road, Summerland

Wine in Season at SummerGate Penticton Herald, Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 by Scott Trudeau, used with permission

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Mike and Gillian Stohler didn’t let their busy life which includes running a household with their five children stop them from a dream of opening a winery. The Stohlers own and operate SummerGate Winery in Summerland and are committed to producing wines originating from estate-grown, certified organic grapes. “We’re not pushing the organic aspect although that is a value-added piece that we’ve done,” said Mike, who noted of the more than 200 wineries in the Okanagan and Similkameen region about 10 are certified organic. “We’ve always been about creating quality wine at a decent price point.” They used natural techniques such as reduced crop yield, special canopy and vineyard management practices, and working – as nature intended – without petro-chemical pesticides, herbicides, or fertilizers. Mike, who also sells real estate, is vineyard manager; Gillian is the winemaker. The couple met in Vancouver and had left good-paying jobs when they began to get the itch to leave the big city. “We came through the Okanagan maybe 15 years ago now and we said, ‘Wow’ this is awesome,” said Mike. “We were just stunned at the agriculture in this golden belt of fruit and grapes. I don’t think it was until a few years later that it really resonated with us.” They made several visits to the area at different times to get an idea of what it was like in each season and eventually purchased the property in 2007. The previous owner had planted grapes on the land but the vines needed some tender loving care so the following spring they spent time getting the property back into shape. Gillian took a winemaking course at Okanagan College in Penticton while the winery was undergoing its three-year certification process. She also worked with wine consultants to learn some of the day to day practices. They’ve also learned from people who have come to the winery through a work tourist program which provides room and board in exchange for their efforts. In addition they’ve developed a community of volunteers to assist during harvest in the fall. The Stohlers said they’re also more than happy to give someone a tasting from one of the tanks at various times of the fermentation process. By making an effort to be approachable to those who visit their winery some people who were customers have become friends. “It’s made it a kind of family operation with lots of networks of people,” said Mike. Their children range in age from five months to 12 years of age which presents some challenges but according to Gillian, their lifestyle is compatible with working at the winery. “Our house is right beside the winery here and so it’s easy for me to go back and forth,” she said. “I do it about a hundred times a day.” The vines grow on about eight and a half acres of vineyard. In 2012 they produced over 1,100 cases making it one of the smaller wineries in the South Okanagan. SummerGate produces four white wines: Riesling, Muscat, Kerner and Moonlight Harvest Riesling. Their 2010 Riesling, Stohler Family Reserve received a silver medal at the 2012 Pacific Rim Wine Competition. The winery is located at 11612 Morrow Ave. en route towards the Kettle Valley Steam Train. They are open daily from noon – 6 p.m. until the end of October and on weekends from November through April. Call them at 250-583-9973 or visit

SummerGate Winery

11612 Morrow Avenue, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z8 Information Phone: 250-583-9973,, Open Daily 12 pm - 6 pm May - October Open weekends November - April 11

Dining Summerland’s abundant local produce means fresh, dramatic flavours.

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Local Flavours When it comes to ingredients, Summerland chefs truly have the pick of the crop, with access to the best produce in the Okanagan valley, much of it grown right in our community. Like everything else in Summerland, we take our time with our food. If we buy our sushi to go, it’s only so we can get to the beach in order to relax more thoroughly. If you’re after a hearty lunch overlooking the greens at the golf club, a cozy family meal next to a roaring fire, or fine dining with a view of Okanagan Lake, there is always a dish waiting to tempt you. Take a drive to a winery bistro, or ride your bike to earn your dessert: a double scoop of ice cream in homemade waffle cones. Some communities are lucky enough to have a local coffee roaster. Summerland has two. As a result, café life here is vibrant and friendly. Enjoy a latte while you dig into Dutch apple cake, or sip a dark roast with your pulled pork sandwich with espresso BBQ sauce.

Looking for something a little different for your reunion or wedding? Summerland’s caterers have built their reputations on creative food experiences. Why not hit the beach for an east-meets-west lobster feast? Or push the boat out – literally. Hire a pontoon boat and sit back while our local “extreme caterer” prepares you a fabulous meal on deck.

The local’s pick Treat yourself to a night out at Local Lounge • Grille, a repeat winner of B.C.’s best wine list. While you order you’ll read how far away the restaurant is from each winery, so you can plan the next day’s tasting route. Do breakfast right. Whether it’s Saturday eggs benny or a delicious organic croissant, we love our mornings, especially with extra coffee. 13

Open Daily at 8:00 am Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Serving the Summerland community for more than 20 years. Reservations recommended for groups of 6 or more.

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Breakfast served all day Lunch specials Homemade soups & salads Fresh baking Lattes, mochas & smoothies Sandwich trays & party platters Catering

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Kettle Valley Steam Railway The Nostalgia of Steam The Romance of Trains The Preservation of an Era


ourney back in time with a 90 minute trip on the only preserved section of the original Kettle Valley Railway line. Travel through the scenic beauty of rural Summerland, take in breathtaking views from the Trout Creek Bridge; enjoy live music and the sights and sounds of our century old steam locomotive. It’s truly a memorable experience unique to the Okanagan Valley. Special event trains include the Great Train Robbery & BBQ on specified dates during the May to October season.

Reservations, Rates & Schedule: 250-494-8422 or 1-877-494-8424

· Over 80 Cars on Display

· Special Occasions

· Muscle Car Section

· Cars for Wine Tours CLASSIC CARS

for scenic wine tours of Bottleneck Drive, Naramata Bench and custom tours available


Fine Wine in Style 1953 Caddy Convertible



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Attractions Adventure, history, relaxation, contemplation, ice cream‌. Summerland offers something for everyone.

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Get on Board String tied parcels are piled on the wooden platform and a woman in a long-skirted traveling costume is hurrying to her seat. All the while the conductor is urging passengers to “climb aboard”! It’s all part of a magical bygone era of riding the rails. Relive it on the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway behind the 100 year old 3716 engine - The “Spirit of Summerland” as you ride through the Okanagan countryside. It’s a dizzying view when you venture out onto the Trout Creek Trestle Bridge and gaze down 238ft to the canyon floor. And if you’re travelling on one of the Great Train Robbery trips, be prepared for gunslingers on horses to surround the train and demand your fortune. Looking for a quieter escape? Take the time to experience the Summerland Ornamental Gardens. Created by Agriculture Canada in 1916, this 16-acre public garden is located on the grounds of the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. Maintained by the Friends of the Gardens

Society, this oasis is perfect for a relaxing stroll, an informative garden tour or the loveliest outdoor wedding. No visit to Summerland is complete without stopping at Summerland Sweets, a family owned and operated business that’s been making delicious fruit based products since the 1950’s. You can sample and take home their jams, jellies, syrups and wines. Then spend a lazy afternoon on their patio with an enormous ice cream. Still have a bit of time? Car lovers can pay a visit to the Okanagan’s only classic car showroom at Nixdorf Classic Cars and if you’re travelling with family don’t forget to stop at the oldest continually running trout hatchery in B.C. Tour the Summerland Trout Hatchery and learn the best places to fish in the area. Drop by the Visitor Centre to pick up a map or visit to learn more about all our attractions. 19

Arts & Culture The rich landscape that attracted the first settlers continues to inspire Summerland’s artists.

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Steeped in History At the Summerland Museum on Wharton Street, “the spirit of our pioneers comes alive.” You’ll learn how Okanagan First Nations first inhabited the area around Summerland more than 6,000 years ago, and how beauty and opportunity later drew settlers and fur traders to the region. Discover how those early pioneers lived and how the fruit packing houses of the 1930’s drove the burgeoning economy. Follow the expansion of railroads in B.C.’s west with the museum’s extensive collection on the historic Kettle Valley Steam Railway. Stories of the fur traders and entrepreneurs and of Summerland’s early agricultural history are told on a dozen painted murals that adorn our downtown buildings. Just as wine touring has become a popular pastime, touring Summerland’s many art studios is a great way to give yourself a dose of creativity. Drive our winding roads to meet with a wood carver, spend time with a clothing designer, chat with a watercolourist, and find a new favourite stoneware piece from a local potter.

Many of our studios are open year-round, with many more open by appointment. Twice a year the studios get together to host weekend-long open house events. We challenge you to try to visit them all! At the heart of Summerland’s art scene is the Summerland Art Gallery and Center, located downtown on Main Street. The Art Gallery hosts regularly changing shows of BC artists, and an amazing Summer Arts Program for Kids, ages 3 – 13. If you’re visiting Summerland in the early spring, take part in the annual tradition of painting one of the banners that will be hung around the community from May to October. From literary events including book launches and author readings, to art show openings and the annual Arts and Culture Week celebration, Summerland has no shortage of cultural events to choose from. Visit for a full list of local galleries and studio tour details. 21

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Promoting and Facilitating Awareness and Appreciation of the Arts in Summerland Six exhibits per year | Gift Gallery | Street Banner Project Artist-in-Residence Program | Season's Sparkles Christmas Craft Fair | Summer Arts Program for Children and Youth Workshops for youth and adults throughout the year

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Shopping Summerland’s charming shopping experience provides respite from today’s fast paced world.

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Step Out of the Box Summerland’s downtown offers a laidback style, streets lined with flowers and hundreds of hand-painted banners to enjoy while you browse, and lots of oneof-a-kind finds. If you’re going to the beach and you forgot to stock up on sunscreen or beach balls, of course we’ve got you covered for all your practical shopping needs. But it’s when you’re shopping for pleasure that Summerland becomes really addictive. This is where you’ll find the brooch that reminds you of your favourite aunt, or the restored 1950’s desk-turned-wine rack that is just so cool. It’s also the destination of choice for quilters around the Okanagan. And it’s where you’ll spot that designer label you’ve been after all these years and there it is in your size and there’s only one left and now it’s YOURS. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to commission an heirloom for your family, or start your own fashion trend? In Summerland there are specialists that can help make your vision a reality. Whether it’s

a personalized quilt, or that design you’ve always wanted screen printed on your own range of t-shirts, shopping in Summerland can be customized to your creative ideas.

The locals’ pick • The Carousel Antique Shop is a collaboration of eight professional collectors that has been running for 16 years. • If you want a one-of-a-kind design, head to Summerland’s own fashion designer and check out SASS boutique. • Stroll through a garden to find unique and custom jewelry at DeLong Studio in Trout Creek. • Collect a basket of Summerland food products, including wine vinegars, organic bread, pumpkin seed oil, organic coffee, jams and syrups and even locally bottled maple syrup.


The Suburban Princess Boutique

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Fantastic Prices On Brand New, Designer Label Ladies Clothing , Shoes & Accessories...Up to 70% OFF! STORE HRS: 10AM  5PM, MON  SAT

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Your Full Line Quilt Shop and Handi Quilter Dealer. • Fabric and Notions • Books and Patterns

Quilts Cherry Tree

Quilt Shop & Studio

• Fibre Art Supplies • Hand Dyed Fabrics • Classes

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Soulfull’s mission is to sell trendy clothing and unique fairtrade gifts while restoring hope to those who need it most. Our purpose is to break intergenerational poverty by donating school meals to hungry children around the world and by supporting local families through the Summerland Food Bank.

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Hair It Is OPEN:

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Where the Locals and our Visitors Shop!

Open to Serve You 7 Days a Week! 7:30am to 9:00pm! 13604 Victoria Road • In the Sungate Plaza Next to the BC Liquor Store • 250-494-8338

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Markets Baskets piled with fresh produce and the juiciest tree fruits remind you that you’re in Summerland, the heart of agriculture in the Okanagan.

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Local Fare Summer in the Okanagan is all about

market and start picking out your favorites.

abundance. And nothing says that better

The cherries are sweet and the apricots taste

than every type of fresh fruit and vegetable

like sunshine. Here’s a tip: wear something

from the market.

tie-dyed. The juices running off your chin

The world’s most

popular cherry – the Sweetheart – as well as multiple award winning apple varietals all come from the Pacific Agri-Food Research

will blend in better! The Local’s Pic:

Centre right here in Summerland. It’s

• Enjoy the juiciest fruit of the day baked

easy to find varieties of apples that aren’t

into flaky galettes at The Market of

available anywhere else, so head to a local



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• Cool down with a thick, fresh fruit milk shake at Robert’s Fruit Stand.

• When autumn hits, stock up in bulk at the Apple Barn.

• Grab chilled cherries out of the cooler at Blossom Fruit Stand for the perfect beach snack.

• Plan your evening menu around fresh vegetables at our weekly Tuesday morning market.

• Combine fresh fruit with Swiss baking at Granny’s Fruit Stand.

The fun staff at the Visitor Centre can show you the way to all our favorites, or check out





Includes Bun, Au Jus, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Vegetables & Caesar Salad

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Children are welcome to our dinner

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Animal Clinic Gary F. Karner, B.SC., D.V.M. J. Barrie Hume D.V.M.



CALL 250-494-9468 9311 Jubilee Road East, Summerland


Local Fruits & Vegetables Full Bakery with Fresh Fruit Pies 50 Flavours of Ice Cream

Open 7 Days a Week *June thru October

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Outdoor Adventure Action or relaxation… whatever your passion, Summerland has the outdoor opportunity for you.

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Recreational Paradise In Summerland, when it comes to recreational opportunities, we’re spoiled for choice. In the cool morning air you could play a game of tennis at Powell Beach; your ball making that satisfying ‘thwack’ as it hits your racquet in the quiet park. Or maybe you’d enjoy a game of golf? The Sumac Ridge Golf Club and the


Summerland Golf and Country Club both offer one of the longest golf seasons in Canada and beautiful, well groomed greens with spectacular views. When the day warms up it will be time to get your boat in the lake and head on out. Didn’t bring your own boat? You can rent power boats, seadoos, canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and pedal boats down at the

Brent Petkau

Summerland Waterfront Resort. The best part is when you get too warm you can just dip yourself into the water to cool off.

Hmm . . . tough choices. Sorry for making you think so hard on your vacation.

Now what to do in the evening? Fishing off the dock… a trail ride up at the rodeo grounds? Or maybe a relaxing beach front fire as you watch the sun go down.

If you need help deciding, drop by the Visitor Centre and the staff will share some favorite choices. Or check out

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A must stop on your Okanagan Golf Holiday! • 18 Hole Championship Layout, 6600 Yards, Par 72. Pull Cart, Power Cart & Club Rentals. • Championship 300 + Yard practice range. Group & Private Instruction available • Experience one of the Okanagan’s most enjoyable yet challenging golf courses. • Enjoy friendly service and great food in the clubhouse that overlooks the course and Lake Okanagan



Frequent Player Passes Available

“Experience Summerland’s Hidden Gem” Variable rates to suit your pocket book, depending on the time of day you play. Offering outstanding value to both members and green fee players. Check out our website for full details. SUMMERLAND GOLF CLUB 2405 Mountain Avenue 250.494.9554 or Toll Free 1.877.955.7955

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Free Courtesy Car Pickup & Delivery

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Hiking & Biking Whether you’re looking for extreme challenges or a leisurely day out, Summerland is paradise for hiking and biking.

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The View from Here Walk through the iron gates of Giant’s Head Mountain Park on a beautiful day and begin the winding ascent up Summerland’s striking landmark. Looming 845 meters above the town, the ancient face of the giant has been surveying the surroundings for thousands of years. Leaving the quiet road near the summit, you can take the steep Confederation Trail or the more relaxing Centennial trail. Whichever you choose, the journey is worth the panoramic views from the top. For hikers and cyclists the Trans Canada/ KVR trail can’t be beat. The Summerland portion of the trail covers 61 kms between Penticton and Osprey Lake and features four bridges, including the KVR’s highest, the Trout Creek Trestle Bridge. Remember to pause and take in the best views of Trout Creek canyon, more than 70 meters below.

If intensity is your favorite way to relax, we’ve got you covered there as well. Not for the faint of heart, the new Giant’s Head Grind in May will take you on a 4 km climb from the beach to the top of the mountain. For cyclists, bring your mountain bike to the Test of Humanity race in September where cyclists of every ability have a chance to race as well as support an amazing cause. Whether you’re looking for marked trails or the serendipity of meandering roads with views of orchards or lakes, hikers and bikers will be delighted with all the options. For complete trail information drop by the Visitor Centre or check out 37

Camping Camping in Summerland means the convenience of home and all the beauty of living in the great outdoors.

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Family Time Roasting marshmallows for s’mores, laughing around the campfire with your family or catching a nap in the sun, nothing says summer better than camping. Whether it’s on the Lake, in a lovely wooded park or right in the middle of an orchard, we’ve got you covered. And if you’re camping with a crowd, you can even rent the entire Summerland Rodeo Grounds campsite for your event. So pack your hammock and your favourite novel; we’ll provide the sunshine.


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Summerland Visitor Centre Summerland is located on Highway 97, approximately 40 minutes south of Kelowna and 15 minutes north of Penticton. Access by road and air is excellent with daily flights available at Penticton and Kelowna airports. While you’re in Summerland, be sure to stop at the Summerland Visitor Centre. This Tudor style two-storey building has recently been renovated. We offer picnic tables with umbrellas for shade and a leisurely lunch. We have RV and handicapped parking, clean and spacious washrooms, free WiFi, a public-use computer, BC Maps, guides and accommodation brochures. Don’t forget to ask about our Go-Fish BC Rod Loan Program. You can also start your Okanagan charm bracelet at Summerland’s own Bead Trails, whose regional head office is located here. In Summerland our bead is a cute turtle with a clock in his tummy reminding you to ‘Take Your Time’. Similar to other Okanagan communities, all of Summerland’s local attractions have their own unique beads for you to collect. Check out Bead Trails new gift store on our main floor as well. And remember, Summerland is the local’s pick for an authentic Okanagan experience.

Contact Us: 15600 Hwy 97 at Thompson Road, PO Box 130, Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z0 Canada phone: 250-494-2686 fax: 250-494-4039 email: or Facebook: Twitter: Pinterest: Instagram: visit_summerland



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Located 1 km east off Hwy 97 Turn east at traffic lights by Mac’s Petro Can @ Hwy 97 & Rosedale.

“Family Camping at its Best”

• 400 feet of sandy beach • Affordable nightly, weekly and full time RV sites


RV’s – Electricity and water. Tents – Grass Sites with shade; the soothing sounds of nearby creek. Everyone – Five community fire pits, clean washrooms and showers, internet access, convenience store, tennis courts, kiddie’s playground, arcade, close to beaches, spray park, boat launches and city centre. • telephone 250-494-9649

C24 3919 Landry Crescent, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z9 39

Beaches On a perfect summer day, Summerland has a beach to suit your mood.

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Sun and Sand Therapy With a lake like ours right outside the door, you know the beaches and water life are going to be fantastic. If the sun is shining you can pack a picnic and make a day of it. The only big question is ‘which beach do I want to go to today’? Do you want great people watching opportunities, a long walk in the sand with someone special, water sport rentals, lots of picnic and barbeque space and great concession food? Choose Sun-Oka Provincial Park at the southern most edge of town. Would you rather have a quieter option with a stroll to a pretty lighthouse and great views of the clay banks across the lake? Then head to the local’s favorite – Powell Beach in the Trout Creek neighborhood. Kids and teens find their fun in the Lower Town area of Summerland. Great docks make for lots of jumping and splashing. Ample sand castle material, change room facilities and an outdoor shower can all be found at Gordon Beggs Rotary Beach.

The historic Kiwanis Walking Pier is nearby. (This is also the best after-dark beach option when you just need to cool off!) If your family has some four-legged members, take a stroll along the beach walking path to the Summerland Dog Beach. Rover can play and make friends with other dogs and you can relax at a picnic table between games of throw-thestick. Walk a little further and you’ll be at the spacious Peach Orchard Beach and Park where you’ll find a fantastic playground and the best spray park in the Okanagan. Your kids (and you!) will love it. Much of Lower Town is linked via the walking path from the boat launch at Peach Orchard Park south to the Summerland Waterfront Resort. It’s a great option for a relaxing walk any time of the day or evening. For more beach options drop by the Visitor Centre or visit 41

Accommodations In Summerland you can capture that feeling of escaping from the world, while being close enough to events and activities to keep the whole family happy.

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Apples and Quails B&B

Summerland Waterfront Resort

Time to Relax If there’s one thing we know how to do in Summerland it’s to relax, and we offer everything from luxurious rooms to cozy getaways to help you do just that. Summerland boasts more than 20 Bed and Breakfasts, with something for every taste. At one, you can tuck yourself away in Garnet Valley and enjoy a soak in a hot tub while sipping on wine from the proprietor’s own grapes. At another, you can overlook Okanagan Lake and watch the resident quail rush about the property. In the morning, the apple that adorns your breakfast plate will be carved into a tiny quail, complete with a tuft of head feather made from a sprig of parsley. For the more adventurous, choose one of our B&B’s that offer horseback riding, and ride along the Kettle Valley Trail after a hearty breakfast. Whether you’re looking for a Heritage Inn for a romantic getaway or somewhere family focused with space for the kids to run, you’ll be feeling at home in no time.

And if you’re looking for somewhere beautiful to tie the knot, Summerland Waterfront Resort and Spa offers packages that make it easy to enjoy your big day without having to get weighed down in details. Instead, you can focus on looking amazing when you pose for your wedding photos among long rows of grape vines, overlooking Okanagan Lake. For travelers looking for less hassle and more convenience, you’ll find our motels comfortable and close to amenities, fruit stands and beaches. Whether you’re after adventure or a week of blissful relaxation, Summerland has accommodation to suit every taste and budget. No matter what you choose, you’ll find your pick of wineries, golf courses, family-friendly attractions, beaches and shops are all just minutes away. Visit to start planning your perfect Summerland holiday. 43

Lake Okanagan’s Place to Play

Off the Water

condo-style suites • pool, sundeck and hot tub • beachFront activity programs • beyond wrapture day spa • local lounge • grille

On the Water

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seadoos • kayaks & canoes • scooters • sup wake boats • ski boats • wakeboarding lessons tube rides & much more!

See you at the lake!

getaways | weddings | group events | boat rentals


• Pool • Air conditioned • In room coffee • Laundry • Cable TV • Close to Downtown • Free wireless internet • Quiet Location

14001 Rosedale Avenue, Summerland, B.C. Tel: Fax:

(250) 494-6431 (250) 494-7272 Reservations:

1-866-494-6431 e-mail: Kelly Funk/TOTA/SCC

• After hours auto check-in • Modern air-conditioned rooms all with patio doors, fridges, Flatscreen TV's, Free WiFi, cable • Kitchen suites • Courtyard • Laundry facilities • All non smoking • Outdoor Heated Pool • Pets Welcome

Hwy 97 South Summerland (250) 494-4444 Toll Free 1-877-245-4406 45


Bed & Breakfast Guide Your directory to some of Summerland’s finest places to stay

We could tell you about our great views, our large Suites with private entrances and bathrooms or list our amenities, but what our guests say is more important: 5680 Hespeler Road “Thank you for a wonderful experience. We were just Ph: (250) 404-0503 • 1-877-630-3089 as comfortable and content as if we are at home in e-mail: your very distinctive place. It is so wonderful and rare to meet Hosts that really enjoyed welcoming people into their home, not as strangers, but as guests. The gourmet Lakeview breakfasts are out of this world, we enjoyed every crumb and morsel. The bed was so luxurious and comfortable. We will remember your warmth and every single detail (that you put so much thought) into making our stay truly memorable. We have stayed at many excellent B & B’s but yours is the best.” Hosts: Liz and Denis

Luxury, full service accommodation perched on the side of Giant’s Head Mountain overlooks magnificent views of Okanagan 12014 Trayler Place Lake. Quality built, air-conditioned home Ph: (778) 516-6300 features antiqued, rustic hardwood e-mail: floors, spacious queen rooms and private ensuites. Enjoy hot tub amidst nature, hobby vineyard, resident quails, fruit trees, gardens. Private viewing decks, local roasted Lonetree Coffee, fresh fruits, daily gourmet feature breakfasts. Home made granola, breads, muffins, cookies. Special diets including celiac and vegan menus available. Hosts: Ming & Walter Stein


Tourism BC approved Accommodation


Stay and Relax in Paradise! Charming 4000 sq. ft., air conditioned modern home with a 8728 Milne Road Ph: (250) 494-9380 spectacular Lake & Mountain view. Enjoy 3 e-mail: tastefully decorated guest rooms, Twin, Queen & King. Beautiful landscaped yard with patios & a very large guest lounge with fireplace. TV/ DVD/VCR’s in all rooms, high speed internet, fridge, microwave, full or continental breakfast. Families & Groups welcome. 2000 sq. ft. completely separate from host quarters. Small town - with Big Town Attractions: Everything at your fingertips. Hosts: Leo & Annette Ruscheinski

Step back in time with a stay at one of Summerland’s majestic B&B’s. The HERITAGE HOUSE B&B, also known at the W.H. HARVEY HOUSE was built in 1907. 11919 Jubilee Rd. West The updates done still reflect the era it was built. The Ph: (250) 494-0489 • C: (250) 486-4319 claw tubs, crown moldings will take you back in time. e-mail: Come for a quiet relaxing stay in one of our three rooms in the main house, or in the cottage out back for those wanting more privacy, or, for those with small children. Small pets allowed on approval. Come enjoy the peaceful setting, and our beautiful town with unique shops and fabulous restaurants, only a short walk away. The owner will help to make your stay a memorable one. All rates are “Taxes Included”, Senior rates available, and special rates for stays of three days or more. Host: Gabby Pounder

A family B&B overlooking the vineyards above Okanagan Lake. Two large 17007 Logie Road rooms share a private bathroom and a Ph: (250) 494-2971 large patio with wonderful views of the e-mail: lake, Naramata, the KVR/Trans Canada Trail & Penticton. Sample large or small breakfasts on the patio or in the dining room. We are close to wineries, golf, beaches and a variety of dining options. Wireless Internet access, TV/DVD, BBQ, fire pit. No smoking, small pets accepted upon request, children welcome. Hosts: Alan & Patricia Park

A memorable retreat in a picturesque setting with sweeping views of the Okanagan Valley. For the two of you or your friends and family, choose 16423 Kean Street between fresh and fashionable King, Ph: (250) 494-1973 Queen or Twin rooms. Spend time poolside, lounging on the flowered decks, in the library or take a leisurely country walk. All your favourite year round activities, shopping, dining and wineries are nearby. Inside and out you will love this place! Hosts: Roy and Laurie Finnegan

Nestled in a peaceful valley, surrounded by sun kissed vineyards 15902 Prairie Valley Road & orchards, lies a home away from Ph: (250) 494-8198 home. Relax and enjoy country life e-mail: and hearty homemade breakfasts. We are pleased to offer our guests comfortable air-conditioned accommodation in a tastefully decorated rustic ranch-style home on the outskirts of Summerland. Inquire about our horseback packages with guided tours available. Host: Gwen Shaw.

Trail Rides and Ranch Vacation. A ranch located in beautiful Garnet Valley. Cozy 25808 Wild Horse Road log house on top of mountain with Ph: (250) 494-0506 breathtaking view of the valley, minutes e-mail: from Okanagan Lake. Comfortable 2 or 3 person suites. Enjoy the sundeck, hot tub, campfire place & the fine breakfast. Explore the fantastic landscape on the back of well-trained horses. Ask for our one week ranch vacation package. 2 R.V. spots available. We speak German. Hosts: Jochen and Brigitte Schlorff








La Punta Norte

• 7 private entrance suites with fireplaces old BC G inner W • Private hot tub edal M on each balcony overlooking Okanagan Lake

• Authentic Talavera Tile & Mexican / Southwest Furniture • A/C, Satellite TV, Wi Fi access • Seasonal Outdoor Pool • Weddings, receptions and meeting facilities available

365 Highway 97 North, Summerland

250-494-4456 • •

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1-866-294-0505 9925 Main St., Summerland, V0H 1Z0

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250-494-7321 Serving the South Okanagan for over 40 years

Toll Free: 1-866-494-7321

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Festivals & Events Name a season and we’ve got a festival to match. In Summerland it’s easy to find a reason to celebrate.

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Celebrate with Us Summerland’s calendar is so stuffed full of great events, there is something for every interest, whether you’re looking for inspiration, a new challenge, or a memorable day out.

Arts and Culture: Tour our galleries and take part in creative events during Arts and Culture Week in April. For music lovers, the annual Bluegrass Festival in June is one you won’t want to miss.

Festival of Lights: On the last Friday in November, Summerland hosts the Okanagan’s oldest and most extravagant welcome to the Christmas season. Prepare for five very hectic hours of food, ice carving, fireworks and more.

Food and Wine: Wine lovers can take in Spring and Fall Wine Festivals, Heard It Through The Grapevine in June and Light Up The Vines in November.

Adrenaline Junkies: Cyclists should mark their calendars for events like Granfondo and Test of Humanity. Racers can register for the Giant’s Head Run, the UltraMan Canada competition, the Summerland ORCA Sprint and the Kids of Steel Sprint and Triathlon, or North America’s oldest freeride longboard competition. The new Giant’s Head Grind Race involves racing 4 kilometres from “beach to peak.” Family Fun: Action Fest weekend in June has something for the whole family, including a parade, a slo-pitch tournament, live music and games galore in the park. Outdoor Adventure: Love the outdoors without all the racing around? Check out Earth Week in April, the Meadow Lark Festival in May and the Kids Fishing Derby in June.

September brings Summerland’s annual Fall Fair. For more than 100 years locals have gathered to compete in baking, preserving and growing. Bring the children to take part in the hands-on heritage displays. Train spotters: Our famous train, the Kettle Valley Steam Railway, runs from mid-May with their regular schedule and offers speciality rides for Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day, and Christmas. Don’t miss the chance to book a ticket for one of the Great Train Robbery & BBQ events. Check in at for a full list of events. 51

Calendar of Events Get out your phone and start adding reminders for four seasons of events and adventure.

See you in Summerland January 1: Polar Bear Swim

July 13: Gran Fondo Axel Merkx Bike Race

January 11-19: Winter Wine Festival

June 19 – September 1: Kettle Valley Steam Railway Summer Schedule

April 20 - April 26: Arts and Culture Week April 20 - April 26: Summerland Earth Week May 2 – 11: Spring Wine Festival May 2 & 3: Blossom Pageant May 8- 11: Good Will Shakespeare Festival May 15 – 19: Meadowlark Nature Festival

June 15 & 29, July 13 & 20, August 3, 17 & 24, September 7 & 21: Great Train Robbery & BBQ with Kettle Valley Steam Railway August 2- 4: Giants Head Freeride Longboard Competition August 4: UltraMan Canada

May 16- 19: Blossom Run Show n Shine

September 6 – October 13: Kettle Valley Steam Railway Fall Schedule

May 17: “Beach to Peak” Giant’s Head Grind Race

September 7: Kids of Steel Sprint Triathlon

May 17 – June 16: Kettle Valley Steam Railway Spring Schedule

September 13: Apple Valley Cruisers Endless Summer Show n’ Shine

June 6, 7 & 8: Action Festival 2014

September 13 & 14: Summerland’s 105th Fall Fair

June 7: Action Festival Parade

September 14: Terry Fox Run

June 7: Giants Head Run

September 21: Test of Humanity Mountain Bike Race

June 8: Action Festival Kid’s Fishing Derby

October 3 – 12: Fall Wine Festival

June 13-15: Bottleneck Drive’s ‘Heard it Through the Grape Vine’

October 4: 100th Anniversary Open House, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre

June 13-15: Summerland Bluegrass Festival

November 28: 27th Annual Festival of Lights

June 14 & 15: Father’s Day Fun Fly with the Model Aeronautics Association of Canada

November 29th & 30th: 4th Annual Bottleneck Drive Light Up the Vines

July 5 – 13: Summer Wine Festival

December 13 & 14, 19 - 24: Summerland Christmas Express Trains with Kettle Valley Steam Railway


Live Here Those of us who live in Summerland know that it’s not only the best community in the Okanagan, it’s a state of mind.

Eric Simard/TOTA/SCC

A Lifestyle You’ll Love Described in the early 1900’s as “heaven on earth with summer weather forever,” Summerland’s climate and picturesque surroundings continue to entice people to move here. Business people come for our entrepreneurial spirit, new developments, committed local government, a great employee pool and proximity to larger centres, airports and universities. Families come for excellent schools, great parks and friendly neighbours, every type of sports program and amazing festivals throughout the year.

Retirees enjoy our dedicated service clubs, welcoming churches, a strong volunteer ethic and a variety of cultural options. And we all enjoy numerous well maintained hiking and biking trails, stunning beaches and access to the best produce and organic breads and meats all crafted within a few miles of home. We hope you’ll download our new Relocation Guide at and see for yourself. We believe you’ll want to live here too! 53

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Summerland BC 2014 Visitor Guide  

For a truly authentic Okanagan experience and to discover the spirit of Summerland for yourself, come and visit for a while; you’ll find us...

Summerland BC 2014 Visitor Guide  

For a truly authentic Okanagan experience and to discover the spirit of Summerland for yourself, come and visit for a while; you’ll find us...