We've visited many valleys on this trip - the Mississippi River Valley, the Rio Grande Valley, The Yuma Valley, The Valley of the Sun, The Imperial Valley and The Napa Valley, to name a few. But the Okanagan Valley is special.
It is the first to be comprised mostly of lakes. Six actually: Kalamalka, Wood, Okanagan, Skaha, Vaseaux, and Osoyoos. The lakes are surrounded by mountains with orchards and vineyards crawling up their lower reaches. Small towns and cities encompass the lakes, wherever the terrain permits and act as service areas for the wineries, farms and other businesses (including lots of golf clubs) supported by the unique surroundings.
Our original plan was to go to Osoyoos for two weeks but a short drive along the route between Chilliwack and Osoyoos convinced us that it was not the most suitable road for a gas motorhome towing a car. So we decided to come to Peachland. Not that the road was much better. It was four lane but consisted mainly of the 1728 metre (approx. 5500 ft) high Pennask Pass through the mountains. The trip up was slow. The trip down terrifying. Made even more so later when our neighbour in the RV park told us he lost his brakes on the way down.
|The view at the top of the pass|
Most activity in town centres on the several kilometre long beachfront. All of which is a public park.
There are waterfront homes but they are across Beach Ave. from the water. That fact does not seem to affect the price of the homes:
|2 bedroom, 2 bathroom - $950,000|
|The sign you see here is the sign that greets you as you enter the town.|
No billboards. Simply what you need to know.
|Drivers are considerate and quite willing to share the road.|
|The grocery store, gas station, bank, fitness centre, etc.|
|The entrance from Beach Avenue|
|Lots of funders involved here|
|Most designed for two people so you and your walking partner can work out together|
|With a viewing stand|
|How many "pleases" can you count|
And at the end a bakery and coffee shop. Where you can relax, enjoy a great view of the lake and regain all the calories you worked off.
|Notice the apartments over the shopping area. We saw this a lot in BC. |
Such a great idea for St Margaret's Bay development..
|Pedal bikes, paddle board, canoes and kayaks for rent.|
|This picnic area is across from the coffee shop.|
|There are no walls around homes here. This beautiful patio was part of a condo looking over the lake.|
I love the colour combination.
The legend of Ogopogo, believed to live in Okanagan
I could not find and promotion of Ogopogo in the shops - not even a postcard. But this home used his likeness as lawn decor:
Most importantly Peachland, and every other town we visited in the Okanagan, has easily found, extremely clean public washrooms:
|Wouldn't it be wonderful if all towns were this thoughtful?|
All of these wonderful facilities are maintained by a staff of 7, employed by the town. We saw them out working in the park and its gardens everyday.
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