Keremeos, Osoyoos Loop
Driving time 3 hours and 15 minutes from Peachland and back. 240 KLM.
The lower Similkameen Valley in British Columbia’s arid southern interior is filled with orchards, ranches, and wineries, with an ethos of organic farming. The upper Similkameen is home to an abundance of wildlife and outdoor recreation sites. Similkameen means “People of the River”.
The Keremeos– Osoyoos trip takes you through beautiful country on a winding road with many elevation changes. A perfect drive for people who enjoy the driving experience of handling their car or motorcycle. You will experience many changes in landscape and climate and their influences on the wines.
Osoyoos is a town in the Okanagan Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. It’s surrounded by desert, vineyards, and mountains. Osoyoos Lake is known for its warm water, beaches, and water sports facilities. Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre and Osoyoos Desert Centre have hands-on exhibits and trails exploring the local desert ecosystem.
Beautiful drive to Summerland along the lake. As you come into town from the north you will pass Sumac Ridge Winery and Back Door Winery.
Mountain Goats Watch for the adobe style Guest Inn called La Punta Norte on your left just before Summerland. As soon as you pass the Inn watch for mountain goats on the mountain side and the rock cliff on your right.
Once you pass Summerland the highway drops down to lake level. On your right you will see hoodoo cliff formations and, on your left, looking across the lake, you will see the Naramata Bench wine country.
Continue south to Penticton. Continue south through Kaleden and take Highway 3A exit (turn right) to Vancouver/Keremeos. Continue to Keremeos. About halfway to Keremeos you will come to the Twin Lakes Golf Course and Yellow Lake. Yellow Lake has a rest stop at each end.
Points of Interest
DeLong Studios specializes in hand-crafted, original sterling silver jewelry and custom cut semi-precious stones. Sue and John are wonderful people as well. https://delongstudio.com/
Linden Garden Is a beautiful garden with a lovely café for fresh farm fair. The gardens are in Kaleden, 2 klm off Hwy 97. http://www.lindengardens.ca/frog-city-cafe/
Twin Lakes Golf This is a beautiful 18-hole golf course on Hwy 3A. Plan to shop for fruit and vegies in Keremeos in the morning and play a great game of golf on the way home. https://www.twinlakesgolfresort.com/
Vanessa Vineyard Situated on the hillside overlooking the Similkameen Valley, Vanessa Vineyard grows its grapes on 75 acres of sloping, well drained rocky terrain. The vines grow in rows of rock, stressing the plants while absorbing the day heat and imparting that warmth during the cooler nights, contributing to the grapes’ unique character. https://vanessavineyard.com/
Seven Stones Winery is an estate boutique winery located in the pristine Similkameen Valley. The wines are made in a French style that are very elegant and show the best of grape variety. The winery produces about 4200 cases from hand-picked grapes that are grown on site. The wines are barrel aged in underground caves to ensure that they receive consistent atmospheric conditions. https://www.sevenstones.ca/
At Nk’Mip Cellars, we are the dedicated guardians of a proud legacy. As the first Indigenous-owned winery in North America, we are inspired to express our culture in everything we do. Our Winery itself is a bold celebration and a strong reflection of our commitment to authenticity and deep respect for our colourful past. https://www.nkmipcellars.com/About-Us
Nk’Mip Desert Cultural Centre (pronounced in-ka-meep) is a state-of-the-art interpretive centre is an architectural marvel sensitively constructed into a hillside. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibit galleries create a fun, interactive learning environment with hands-on displays, education stations and two multi-media theatre experiences. Discover the fascinating stories of Canada’s only desert and share in the rich living culture of the Okanagan people. https://nkmipdesert.com/
Sonora Dunes Golf Club is a wonderful 9-hole golf course with stunning views of Osoyoos Lake, the town and valley. https://www.sonoradunes.com/
Row 14 Restaurant, Cawston (just east of Keremeos) https://www.klippersorganics.com/row-fourteen/restaurant
“Our mission is to cultivate a better relationship between organic produce and creative cuisine through the collaboration of Chef and Farmer. To celebrate our region, and the bounty of its soil, from farm to vineyard to forest”.
The Ranch Diner 511 7th Avenue Keremeos, BC.
A good place for breakfast or lunch.
The Sage Pub, Osoyoos 6403 Cottonwood Dr, Osoyoos http://sagepub.ca/
Excellent menu and pub food.
The Bear, the Fish, the Root and Berry, Osoyoos 1200 Rancher Creek Rd, Osoyoos https://www.bearfishrootberry.com/
Drive 240 km, 3 hours,15 minutes
5816 Brown Pl, Peachland, BC V0H 1X4, Canada
84.5 km, 1 hour, 3 minutes
Head north-east on Brown Pl towards Victoria St
Turn right onto Victoria St
Turn right onto Gladstone Rd
Turn right onto Somerset Ave
Sharp left onto Princeton Ave
Sharp right onto Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S
Turn right onto Okanagan Hwy/Railway St/BC-97 S (signs for Oliver/Osoyoos)Continue to follow Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 S
Turn right (signs for British Columbia 3A W/Vancouver)
Merge onto Hwy 3A W
Continue onto BC-3 W (signs for Princeton)
Turn right to stay on BC-3 W
623 7th Ave, Keremeos, BC V0X 1N0, Canada
52.0 km, 39 minutes
Head east on BC-3 E towards 7 St
Turn left to stay on BC-3 E
Turn right onto Crowsnest Hwy/BC-3 E (signs for Cawston/Nighthawk USA/Osoyoos/Crowsnest Highway)
Turn left onto 45 St
Continue onto Rancher Creek Rd
1400 Rancher Creek Rd, Osoyoos, BC V0H 1V6, Canada
105 km, 1 hour, 26 minutes
Head north on Rancher Creek Rd towards Valleyview Dr
Continue onto 45 St
Turn right onto Crowsnest Hwy/Main St/BC-3 W
Turn right onto BC-97 N (signs for Oliver/Penticton)
Continue onto Main St
Continue onto Hwy 97/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N
Turn left onto BC-97 N (signs for Penticton)
Turn left onto Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N (signs for Summerland/Kelowna)
Turn left onto Eckhardt Ave W/Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N (signs for Eckhardt Avenue/Summerland/Kelowna)Continue to follow Okanagan Hwy/BC-97 N
Turn left onto Princeton Ave
Sharp right onto Somerset Ave
Turn left onto Gladstone Rd
Turn left onto Victoria St
Turn left onto Brown Rd
5816 Brown Pl, Peachland, BC V0H 1X4, Canada