For business or play, the Okanagan Valley is quickly climbing as a prime travel spot in British Columbia, Kelowna Capital News reports. Competing against major cities like Vancouver, Ottawa and Victoria, smaller regions including Osoyoos and Kelowna are enticing business groups to book conference halls and hotel rooms at spots like the Walnut Beach Resort for their upcoming events.
Even travellers venturing all the way from New Zealand are finding the beauty of the Okanagan-Kelowna region and its plentiful vineyards. According to The New Zealand Herald travel writer Sue Hoffart, the Canadian area's vineyards seem to be greatly inspired by those found in The Land of the Long White Cloud and the rest of the Down Under region.
There's a reason that you can see the Kiwi influence in spots like Mission Hill Family Estates or Tantalus Vineyard – both possess New Zealand-born winemakers. They seem to have found their home away from home in this British Columbia valley, according to the news source.
"One of the things I love is to kayak … within one hour of my house I'm in wilderness," Tantalus winemaker David Paterson told the news outlet. "It's absolutely spectacular. There's so much of that kind of stuff, if you're into hiking or fishing."