is located 18 km (11 miles) north of Penticton
and 48 km (30 miles) south of Kelowna
on Hwy 97.
Summerland is situated on the western side of Okanagan Lake directly
across from the community of Naramata
which lies on the east side of the lake. Summerland enjoys a very
pleasant climate and is well noted for the various fruit orchards
and vineyards that are grown in the area.
Driving on Hwy 97 through Summerland, you tend to miss most of the
town. But if you take the drive into the main part of Summerland,
you will discover a town reminiscent of England, complete with a
town crier, floral gardens and English architecture. Summerland
has the slogan of being the "Olde English Towne."
Summerland is basically divided into two halves with Hwy 97 being
the dividing point. There is the upper part where you will find
most of the restaurants, services, Memorial Park, medical facilities,
recreational centre and downtown. Then there is the lower part where
you'll find various orchards, view homes with panoramic vistas,
four different beach areas, yacht club and the Trout Creek area.
and Wineries along 'Bottleneck Drive'
If you're doing a sampling of the wineries or on a wine tour, make
Summerland one of your destinations. There are a number of vineyards
from which to choose along a wine route called 'Bottleneck Drive.'
The wine tour takes you through the hills and beautiful scenery
that surrounds Summerland.
You will find two very unique landmarks in Summerland: One is Giant's
Head Mountain which has a craggy-faced rock outcropping that has
a distinct outline of a human's head on it. Wherever you are in
Summerland the views of Giant's Head are all distinct and picturesque.
There is also a hiking trail that leads to the top of Giant's Head
where you'll find scenic views of Okanagan Lake looking towards
Naramata, westward up Prairie Valley and down south to Trout Creek,
Penticton and the surrounding areas.
The other landmark is Trout Creek Canyon. This enormous canyon contains
the Trout Creek Canyon Trestle. This 73-metre (240 feet) high and
76-metre (249 feet) long deck truss bridge was the highest bridge
span of the now-defunct Kettle Valley Railway.
Now part of the Trans-Canada Trail, the old trestle gives you access
across Trout Creek Canyon. Make sure you bring your camera the views
are quite stunning especially from the lookout located on the grounds
of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.
If you enjoy gardens, the Summerland Ornamental Gardens are right
next door to the Trout Creek Canyon Trestle in the Pacific Agri-Food
Research Centre. Thanks to the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental
Gardens and their ongoing volunteer work, the gardens are a 'must
see.' The garden tour follows the walls of the canyon meandering
through a rose garden and picnic area, eventually leading back to
the picnic area.
The garden areas include a large Xeriscape demonstration garden:
a garden style that uses as little water as possible. The gardens
are are also a 'must-see' especially if you are in concerned about
utilizing water to a minimum.
Valley Steam Railway
If you do happen to visit the gardens or the Trout Creek Canyon,
another attraction close by is Kettle Valley Steam Railway. This
restored steam engine makes a short trip along the only section
where the Kettle Valley Railway still in operation. If you have
kids this makes an excellent place for them to marvel at this mechanical
Summerland has great recreational activities during all the seasons.
In the winter snowmobiling, cross-country skiing and downhill at
Apex Alpine Resort in Penticton is available. For curlers there
is a curling rink located in Summerland with all sorts of bonspiels
occurring throughout the season.
During the other seasons there are great hiking, biking and walking
opportunities on the Trans-Canada Trail. For boaters access to Okanagan
Lake can be made along the lower road at Powell Beach or Rotary
Beach. If you're a hunter, the hills and country have been known
to have some good game opportunities. Summerland also has a very
good recreation facility complete with pool and weight-training
is a proud host for a number of events during the year. If your
a fan of antique cars and hotrods try and make the Show & Shine
in Memorial Park during the May long weekend Blossom Run. Usually
you'll be able to view upwards of 250 "Rodtiques" on display.
There is also a Fall Fair and the Trout Creek Music Festival during
the month of September. Plus you'll marvel at the arrangement of
lights during November's Festival of Lights.