Summerland, British Columbia is a small community in the Central Okanagan Valley surrounded by fields rich with wine culture, orchards and history. The fertile soil in the region produces many high quality wines (both red and white) and orchards producing plums, pears and apples.
The community of Summerland rests on a hill high above Okanagan Lake. The downtown core is colorful and very European. The buildings are painted in pastel colours and built to "Old England" heritage style specifications. The streets are lined with art shops, retail stores and coffee houses... some with outdoor patios.
Summer activities enjoyed when in Summerland include hiking, water skiing, sailing, boating, railway tours, wine tours, swimming, picnicking, golfing, kayaking and canoeing. Some of the sandy beach parks in the region include Sun Oka Park and Okanagan Lake Park.
Hiking trails in the Summerland region worth a look include the Peach Orchard Loop Trail and the hike up to the peak of Giants Head Mountain. There is also the Kettle Valley Steam Railway (KVR) which draws many visitors to the region for the opportunity to witness the live outdoor play, put on by local actors, reenacting the "Great Train Robbery".