is located 25 km (15.5 miles) south of Kelowna
and 40 km (25 miles) north of Penticton
on Hwy 97.
Peachland is a small community of around 5,000 people situated on
the west shore of Okanagan Lake. Peachland, because of its size
and location, has a very relaxed lifestyle and yet is only 30 minutes
to Kelowna for all the big city conveniences.
Views of Okanagan Lake
The way the geography is and how Peachland is laid out with Hwy
97 and the shores of Okanagan Lake provide fantastic views. On the
west side of the highway the community lies on a slope of 20-30%,
giving the dwelling occupants of the homes incredible unobstructed
panoramic views of Okanagan Lake.
Around Your Deck
Peachland is such that it is situated right on the curve of Okanagan
Lake. What this does is give you the ability to see Penticton in
the south and Kelowna in the north. If you like lounging around
on a sun-baked deck enjoying a morning coffee, you will like the
views experienced from Peachland. The lake is absolutely beautiful
all the way across to Okanagan Mountain Provincial Park.
Located on the south side of Peachland on Hwy 97 is Antlers Beach.
This makes a great spot for swimming and relaxing on Okanagan Lake
especially if you need a rest from driving.
If you happen to stop here make sure you take the short 15-minute
nature walk up to Hardy Falls along Deep Creek. During the latter
part of September you can experience the annual Kokanee spawning
event. This is really incredible as the creek turns the colour of
red with the fish returning to lay their eggs.
The water sports around Peachland are superb. These include water
skiing, sail boarding, scuba diving and great swimming. If you have
a boat launch it down at Pentowna Marina located on the east side
of Hwy 97 right in town.
A great spot for you to enjoy a cruise is Rattlesnake Island directly
across the lake on the east shore. This island has some nice warm
smooth rocks for lounging on and areas for diving into the water.
If you scuba dive there are some underwater caves that exist off
the west side of the island.
and Watercraft Rentals
If you need a boat, rental is available at Peachland Water Sports
located at the marina. They can give you advice about going over
to Rattlesnake Island and other cruise locations on Okanagan Lake.
Summerland Water Sports also has other water flotation rentals.
If you enjoy golfing, Peachland is home to the 18-hole Ponderosa
Golf Course. The course has gone through a major renovation and
is now open under a new name of Ponderosa.
Peachland is home to Hainle Vineyards Estate Winery. If you want
a chemical-free wine, please visit here and enjoy a completely organic
product produced on the sun-baked sand mesas or benches overlooking
Okanagan Lake. The wine product produced is of really good quality
and is highly recommended.
on the Lake
For places to eat or have refreshments a favourite is called Gasthaus
on the Lake. Located on Beach Avenue the establishment features
a fine dining restaurant and for the more relaxed a patio pub. If
you are here in the winter there is the famous Winter Medieval Dinners
for groups of ten or more. Telephone:
For those of you who might be looking for something a little quieter
in the Okanagan, try Headwaters. Only 27 km (17 miles) west of Peachland,
Headwaters offers small cabins along a remote mountain lake. Fishing
is great, with the nights a little cooler for sleeping in the summer
and the atmosphere totally relaxing. Drive west for about 30 minutes
from the junction of Highway 97 and Princeton Avenue in Peachland
on the old Brenda Mine Site road.
There are also lots of areas to go biking and hiking in Peachland.
One area that has a good view and is a short hike is up to the 815
metres (2,674 feet) summit of Pincushion Mountain. Go towards Ponderosa
Golf Course, look for Ponderosa Drive, and then go to the end. There
is plenty of parking, look for a gate and the start of the trail.
to Peachland from Vancouver
If you're coming from Vancouver the fastest way is to take Coquihalla
Hwy 5 at Hope. The drive
will take about four hours. If you like a more scenic route consider
taking Hwy 3 at Hope to Kaleden, then
Hwy 97 north through Penticton and Summerland.
It will take probably up to two hours longer but you will save money
because the route is a lot easier on your vehicle with the hills
not being as steep.