Days 1-2: Kelowna
Laid-back Kelowna is the Okanagan Valley's main city, and unless you drove from Vancouver, it’s where you’ll most likely fly into. Base yourself in the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort for two nights: Perched on the edge of Okanagan Lake, it’s your best bet for a room with a view. And rent a car: There’s lots of driving coming up.
Kelowna is surrounded by vineyards. Tantalus Vineyards, a 20-minute drive from Downtown, is a LEED-certified winery that puts as much emphasis on reducing its carbon footprint as on producing premium, single-vineyard wines, which you can try while taking in lake views from its tasting room.
Indigenous World Winery (IWW) in West Kelowna is Canada’s first fully Indigenous-owned winery. The company incorporates cultural elements into its products, with petroglyphs dotted around the tasting room and bottle labels that feature stories from the Okanagan Sylix culture. In 2020 you’ll also be able to sample IWW's newly launched vodka, the first product from its new distillery. You don’t have to move far for dinner, either. Red Fox Club, underneath the winery, serves an ever-changing Indigenous-inspired menu that features items such like bison chili and wild salmon fritters.
On your second day, get outside. Start with a self-guided tour of the West Bank First Nation’s Public Art Program, then hit the trails. Kelowna is within easy reach of plenty of great hiking trails of varying lengths and difficulty. The Paul's Tomb Trail is the closest and easiest, and ends at a beach. More challenging is the hike to the summit of Mount Boucherie, an extinct volcano with 360-degree views of Okanagan Lake. Alternatively, head just north of the Okanagan to Chase for a canoe tour with Indigenous-owned and operated outfitter Moccasin Trails. Paddling along the traditional waters of the Secwepemcuu'l'ecw (Shuswap Nation), you’ll learn the history of the area from a local Knowledge Keeper.