Anyone who spends time in Okanagan Valley during the summer knows about its various selection of sweet cherries. Beginning in June, the Osoyoos region sprouts with trees boasting Rainiers, Van cherry, Chelan, Lapin, Sweetheart and Staccato varietals. The fruit has considered this area its home since the late 1800s, and has been a hot commodity in the British Columbia growing industry ever since. To honour this historic crop, Osoyoos will host the 64th annual Cherry Fiesta on July 1, complete with a parade, beach activities, fireworks and food for residents and visitors staying in an Osoyoos hotel.
In congruence with Canada Day, the fruit-loving festival also crowns a new Miss Osoyoos each year, with a pageant that invites all young female members of the community to register and show their love and pride for the Valley.
Before the stage event, attendees can gather for an early pancake breakfast and head to Osoyoos' main street for the official parade. The festivities don't end there, as guests are invited to wander back and forth from the parade to the legion hall, where the facility transforms into a beer garden with battered and fried fish and chips on the menu to absorb the frothy libations.
The Walnut Beach Resort is situated right alongside the Okanagan Lake, making it the perfect place to stay for families ready to enjoy the heat of the summer.