About Okanagan - A well-known destination for wineries, fruit orchards, sandy beaches, ski resorts, and golf courses, often referred to as the Okanagan Valley, is nestled in British Columbia’s Southern Interior and is a vacationer’s paradise year-round. It borders the Shuswap region to the north, West Kootenays to the east, Similkameen to the west, and the American border to the south. Imagine spending time with family and friends in a beautiful lakeside home or spending a week at a luxurious resort - make all this possible with the help of Owner Direct Vacation Rentals. Make your trip memorable by staying in one of the popular vacation rental homes in Kelowna that offer great access to Okanagan Lake. If you want to be surrounded by world-class wineries, stay in Penticton. Vernon provides easy access to several prime golf courses. We also offer accommodations in Osoyoos, home of Canada’s warmest lake. From weekend getaways to week-long retreats, Owner Direct can help you find the perfect lodging that offers plenty of relaxation and easy access to adventures in the great outdoors.
Where to Stay & Why - You’ll find a wide array of options to accommodate all your needs. No matter if you’re a solo traveler or a group of more than 10, no one will feel cramped. Everyone can enjoy their vacation together under one roof with the right vacation rentals.
The best part of choosing a home rental is all the amenities that make your stay as comfortable as possible. Not only do you get necessities like air conditioning, parking, and utilities, some owners provide the rental feature extras that can really make a difference.
After a day of exploring, head on to the kitchen to whip up a home-cooked meal or fire up the private outdoor grill to cook your favorite steak while gazing across the water. Enjoy your glass of wine while taking a dip in the pool or hot tub before heading out for dinner at one of the local eateries. Then gather in the living room to spend some family time playing games or watching movies. Get ready for tomorrow by sleeping in comfortable and spacious beds while looking at the view from your window. Some have a futon in the living room for extra sleeping space.
Plus, many home and condo rentals are only minutes away from the best museums, theatres, shops, and restaurants without having to spend too much time traveling back and forth. You can also pick a rental that is pet-friendly, so you wouldn’t have to leave your fury baby.
What to See & Do - The Okanagan provides the perfect conditions to enjoy many of the most popular sights and activities. Go golfing or join a wine tour to taste the best of the valleys’ wineries; bring the family to favorite beaches like Hot Sands and Kal; do a different workout by paddleboarding on the lake or cycling through some of the trails with easy-to-follow signs. Visiting during winter? Enjoy the mild temperatures by skiing and snowboarding through soft, dry powder.
Where to Eat & Drink - Finding great places to enjoy local dining is always an important part of any trip, and diners in the Okanagan have it all: lush fruit-filled valleys, top-notch chefs, and plenty of wine to throw down the hatch. The region is ideal for foodies no matter what time of year you visit.
RauDZ set the bar for restaurants in Kelowna. They serve stand-out cocktails and amazing fries you must dip in duck fat mayo! Found in Osoyoos, Hester Creek offers demo-cooking lessons and dinner at a vineyard which is ideal for couples and girlfriends. Make your own burger at Burger 55 by selecting your fixing from a menu. Make those massive and messy burgers on your trip to Penticton. Other local favorites are Theo’s, The Kitchen at Misconduct Wine Co., The Vanilla Pod, True Grain Bread Mill, Upper Bench Creamery, The Bench, Waterfront Wines, and more!
How to Get Here & Getting Around - If you’re flying in, you’ll most likely be arriving at the Kelowna International Airport, which is 20 minutes from the city center. If you’re driving, travel routes leading to the Okanagan from any direction is extremely beautiful! Highway 97 is the main north-south highway. From there, the connections to east-west includes Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy 1), Crowsnest or Southern Trans-Provincial Highway (Hwy 3), and Highway 97C (Okanagan Connector).
Hwy 97 intersects with US Route 97, which begins in northern California. Once you’re in BC, the highway runs straight north and south from the US-Canada border at Osoyoos BC all the way to the Yukon-BC border at Watson Lake.
As always, the best way to see all the sights is by car. Aside from that, tour the place by foot, by riding your bike, or riding the Greyhound bus.
When to Go - The hot, dry summer is peak season here, and weekends can get crowded. Visit during the fall, when farmer’s markets brim with local produce and summer crowds have dispersed. September is also a great month for a wine-tasting trip.
Leave all your worries at home because Owner Direct provides accommodations equipped with everything you need in order to relax and enjoy everything the Okanagan has to offer. Take a look at our travel guide for specific attractions and activities in and around Okanagan.