Oliver, BC is a small southern Okanagan Valley community surrounded by fruit orchards, fruit stands, local wineries, farmlands and rolling desert hills. The community neighbours the Sonora Desert (Canada's only desert) thus enjoying an arid climate producing vineyards and orchards of grapes, apples, plums, cherries, pears and peaches.
Oliver is the self proclaimed "Wine Capital of Canada". The grapes grown on the "Golden Mile" and on the "Black Sage Bench" in Oliver are said to be of very high quality. It is because of the amount of sunshine and the fertile soil that make this region of British Columbia, Canada prime for grape growing.
The services are located, mostly, downtown. Some of the services of particular interest to travelers include restaurants, coffee houses, gift stores, grocery stores, gas stations, banks, accommodations, internet, laundromat and more.
There are many activities in Oliver enjoyed on the lakes and on land. The community is situated on the shores of the Tuc-el-Nuit Lake - and nearby are the Mahoney, Vaseux and Gallagher Lakes. Some of the Okanagan activities enjoyed are boating, water skiing, fishing, swimming, kayaking and canoeing.
Some activities in Oliver enjoyed in the summer months include golfing, cycling and fruit picking. The gravel access roads, outside of town, lead to dirt biking, horseback riding, mountain biking and hiking trails.
In and around Oliver BC there are plenty of outdoor natural parks available to explore. Some travel to Vaseux Lake for birdwatching, hiking and walking the Golden Mile Trail. Enjoy the views from McIntyre's Bluff; fishing at Bear Lake, Sawmill Lake or Madden Lake; mountain bike the Oliver Hike and Bike Path or visit Forbes Marsh.
Winter tourism in Oliver BC attracts the snowmobiling, alpine skiing, snow boarding, and cross country skiing crowds to the trails and local ski hill on Mount Baldy.